Friday, November 1, 2013

2013 Thanksgiving Pittsburgh Events: Celebrating The Holiday Rush, Light-Up Night, Pie and Giving Thanks in Pittsburgh

Hey Pittsburgh! It's that time of year that we all jump on board for the holiday rush, take in the amazement that is Light-Up Night and just give thanks for our family, friends and pets!  We've come up with a list of events and activities from that we hope you will enjoy.  If you would like to add an event to the list please leave us a comment or post up for free on

Happy Thanksgiving Pittsburgh! Keep checking back often as we add  new events daily.
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Pittsburgh Veterans Day Parade
November 11

The Veterans Day Parade on Monday, November 11th, will begin at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Pittsburgh.  The parade route starts at Grant Street and Liberty Avenue.  It travels on Liberty Avenue to Wood Street and will finish on the Boulevard of the Allies. Salute!

City Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 22
Don't miss the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony at noon on Friday, November 22nd at the City-County Building Portico.  Joy!

Breakfast with Santa at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
November 30

Your kids' eyes will light up when the guest of honor enters the room.  Santa, Mrs. Claus, Jingles the Reindeer and more characters will be in attendance for our annual Breakfast with Santa event.  Enjoy pictures with Santa, holiday games and arts and crafts in Santa's Workshop.  Open to both resort guests and the public! Ho Ho Ho

Nemacolin Annual Light Up Night Festivities 
November 29
Celebrate the beginning of the Holiday Season at Nemacolin.  Take in the Resort's holiday decorations, which grace the property from the outside and into our Lobby.  Catch the holiday spirit with a Choral performance, Charity donation presentation, and introduction of Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Elves and the much-anticipated countdown for our lighting ceremony. After the ceremonies commence, join Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s additional evening events including Ice Carving Demos, pictures with Santa and shop our Heritage Court Shoppes!
Let it Snow!

23rd Annual PNC YMCA Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
November 28
Join the Y for the 23rd Annual PNC YMCA Turkey Trot at PNC Park. Register for the 5K, 5-Mile or 1-Mile Run/Walk available for all ages. Gobble! Gobble

2013 Peoples Gas Holiday Market 
November 23- December 23 
Inspired by the original Christkindlemarkt created in 1545 in Nuremberg, Germany, and the Christkindlmarket in Chicago, IL,  Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ brings a cherished German tradition with international flair and local charm to Downtown Pittsburgh. Visitors will be in for a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience as they stroll through an illuminated Market Square, weaving through the European-style wooden chalets, adorned with holly and illuminated with little white lights. It's the perfect atmosphere for families and friends to enjoy the magic of the season.  Shop!

Pittsburgh's Light Up Night
November 22
Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with Light-Up Night Pittsburgh. Events include the official lighting of the city Christmas Tree and the entire skyline around the city!  Take part in the official unveiling of the annual holiday display windows at Macy's.  Have a skate and a hot chocolate at the Rink at PPG. And it wouldn't be Pittsburgh without fireworks! Learn more!

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital- Give Thanks Walk
November 23
Non-competitive 5k to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at PNC Park. Give Thanks!

Venture Outdoors Holiday Pie Hike
November 29
Looking to get a little fresh air after the holiday? Come join Venture Outdoors for a great 4-5 mile hike through the local forests just before they go to sleep for the winter. After the hike finish up with pumpkin pie, apple pie, and a special pear-cranberry pie! Pie!

Phipps Conservatory Presents: Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes
November 22
Kick off the holiday season with two of Pittsburgh's most treasured traditions. Don’t miss this one-night-only opportunity to enjoy the botanical delights of Phipps and vignettes from Pittsburgh Ballet Theater's rendition of The Nutcracker on the very same night. Nutcracker!