Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Top Pittsburgh Christmas and Winter Holiday Events for December 2016 include Nutcrackers, a Christmas Ghost Hunt, Pet Gift Wrapping, Christkindlmarkts and more!




Christmas Eve Hike
Frick Park
12/24
Before filling up on roast beast and figgy pudding, get some fresh air in the outdoors during our annual Christmas Eve Hike. Join Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Naturalist Educator Mike Cornell for this leisurely hike in Frick Park.
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The NRG Gingerbread House
Heinz Hall Garden Plaza
Visit Santa at the NRG Gingerbread House built by Empire Roofing & More at Heinz Hall Garden Plaza throughout the Holiday Season! Guests can stop in to visit Santa and have The Original Downtown Santa-land Company photograph and take home a memento of the visit!
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2016 Snowflake Festival
Soergel Orchards
12/10
Come out to celebrate the winter season at Soergel’s with our annual Snowflake Festival. Santa arrives at 5:30 along with the snow princess and snowman at 6:00! Grab a picture with them, visit with Santa, and take a tractor ride or a horse drawn carriage ride. We will have a bounce house, cookie decorating, hot drinks and food, face painting and more! There will be a bonfire, s’mores, and yummy sweets for sale. Arsenal Hard Cider and Boyd and Blair Vodka drinks will be available as well. 
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ARTLab - Scribble Machine Wrapping Paper
Mattress Factory
12/17
Hands-on, drop-in, interactive activities designed for visitors of all ages! Create your own festive holiday wrapping paper using the museum's renowned scribble machines. This program is FREE with museum admission.
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The Joy of Cookies, Cookie Tour 2016
Lawrenceville
12/1 to 12/4
More than 40 Lawrenceville organizations will offer free cookie samples. Enjoy extra stops for lunch and cookie flavored beer! Thursday night kicks off with a tree lighting ceremony and caroling, while Saturday includes a visit from Santa at the Cookie Mall.
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2016 Holiday Spectacular Ice Skating Show - A Rockin' Christmas
RMU Island Sports Center
12/3
A Rockin’ Holiday Ice Skating Show featuring some of your favorite rock and pop hits from the 80s through today’s current hits - along with our favorite traditional Christmas songs!
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Allergen-Free Donuts with Santa
Soergel Orchards
12/11
Have an allergen-free donut with Santa! (Top 8 allergen free!) Registration is required and this event WILL sell out. Registration will open on Saturday, December 3rd at 10 a.m. and the registration link can be found here.
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Pittsburgh Concert Chorale: Sounds of the Season
Ingomar United Methodist Church
12/2, 12/3 and 12/4
Join us in a sing-along and bring the whole family for tunes ranging from traditional carols to popular favorites.
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Holiday Jam 2016
New Hazlett Theater
12/11
Pete Hewlett, Lisa Bleil and Scott Anderson, with special guests Billy Price and Maria Becoates-Bey, come together with the original Live From Studio A band (Eric DeFade, Dave Brown, Brian Stahurski, Joe Waslousky, Joe Herndon, Bob Matchett & Benny Benack) for a special holiday concert.  It’s an evening of seasonal favorites and some of the most requested songs from the Holiday Jam archives!
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A Lyrical Christmas Carol
New Hazlett Theater
12/15 to 12/18
On Christmas Eve, Scrooge sits in his house with not a kind word for anyone, but four ghostly visitors show him the error of his ways. This interpretation of the classic tale of redemption was created in 1991 by Ken and Jane Gargaro. It’s a heartwarming show that brims with holiday spirit with seasonal carols and the music of Bach, Mozart, and Vaughn Williams. The entire family will enjoy this timeless classic peppered with your favorite Christmas carols.
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Holiday Cookies & Cocktails
Soergel Orchards
12/17
Decorate cookies with Maria Elliot and make custom cocktails with Wigle Whiskey! Learn two great holiday party skills in one location!  More details and registration to come. 3 - 5 p.m.
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The Nutcracker
Carnegie Performing Arts Center
12/9 to 12/18
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The Peoples Gas Holiday Market
Market Square
Inspired by the original German Christkindlmarkts, the 5th Annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ brings a cherished European tradition to Downtown Pittsburgh that mixes international flair with local charm. Visitors experience a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping village as they stroll through an illuminated Market Square, weaving through Alpine-style wooden chalets, brimming with high-quality gifts.
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Yuletide in Sewickley
Sewickley, PA
Celebrate the holiday season with Yuletide in Sewickley! Starting with Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 26th and featuring events through December 21st, there are many activities for you and your family to participate in.
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Sounds of the Season Holiday Concert
Passavant Hospital Foundation
12/9
Celebrate the season with a festive evening for the whole family! Reception starts at 5:30 PM and the concert at 7 PM.
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REAL Ghost Hunt The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Greene County Historical Society Museum
12/10
A REAL Ghost Hunt at the HAUNTED Greene County Historical Society Museum in Waynesburg, Pa! Limited tickets available! Start your adventure today!
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Polar Express Sleepover
Carnegie Science Center
12/16 to 12/17
All aboard! Your ticket to getting into the holiday spirit is just a train ride away with our Polar Express Sleepover!  It’s the perfect way to warm your heart and add sparkle to the season.
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2mass Mutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place

Downtown Pittsburgh - PPG Place
MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place, a spectacular one-of-a-kind outdoor ice skating rink.
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The Wintergarden at PPG Place
The annual Santa Claus Spirits of Giving Around the World and Gingerbread House and Train Exhibits
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Western PA Humane Society Holiday Gift Wrapping
Mall at Robinson

11/25 to 12/24
Join us for our annual holiday gift wrapping fundraiser at the Mall at Robinson! Get your gifts beautifully wrapped while helping our shelter pets.
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Breakfast or Lunch with Santa
Pittsburgh Zoo

Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s making a stop at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.  Join us for our family-fun Breakfast or Lunch with Santa and enjoy a delicious buffet as the children decorate a Christmas cookie, meet our education animals, and write a letter to Santa followed by a visit from the big man himself!
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2016 Patriotic Holiday Concert
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum
12/4
‘Tis the time of year for Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum’s FREE Patriotic Holiday Concert! Ring in your season Sunday, December 4, 2016, at 2 p.m., with The Brass Roots & The Pine Creek Community Band performing a mixture of traditional holiday favorites and patriotic melodies.
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Kennywood Holiday Lights
Kennywood Park
See America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park transformed with close to two million dazzling lights. Enjoy songs of the holiday performed by local choirs. See the spectacular light show on the lagoon choreographed to your favorite holiday melodies. Visit Santa, ride the Gingerbread Express and more!
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Pittsburgh Crèche
Downtown Pittsburgh
Replica of the Nativity Crèche that stands outside Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican
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Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland
Big Butler Fairgrounds
11/18 to 1/8
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Overly's Country Christmas
Westmoreland Fair Grounds
11/18 - 1/1
Celebrate the season at Overly's Country Christmas®, a nonprofit organization operated mainly by volunteers who are committed to creating holiday memories with a walk-around Christmas Village that's filled with an array of old-fashioned traditions and treats.  Sing carols 'round the bonfire, revel in the model train display, have your picture taken with Santa (in the days before Christmas), take a horse drawn wagon/sleigh ride or shop for gifts in the C. Edgar & Sons General Store plus much, much more as you experience the warmth of this traditional Christmas Village!
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Kraynak's Santa's Christmas Land
Hermitage, PA
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Holiday Musical Tea and Tour
Hartwood Acres
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Second Annual Afternoon with Santa
Hartwood Acres Mansion
Enjoy an entertaining musical program followed by a delicious tea of little sandwiches, scones, and ‘two bite’ desserts. A guided tour of the beautifully decorated mansion will round out the afternoon.
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Cookies with Santa
Round Hill Park
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Skate with Santa
South Park
He’s making a list and checking it twice! Skate along with Santa at the South Park Ice Rink! Enjoy cookies and refreshments with the jolly old elf himself, as well as holiday crafts!
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Breakfast and a Movie: White Christmas
Hollywood Theater - Dormont
12/18
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Pittsburgh Polar Plunge
Law Enforcement for Special Olympics PA

Stage AE
12/10
Have you ever had the experience of jumping into the icy Ohio River in the middle of December?  If not, you don’t know what you’re missing! 
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The X's Kickass Christmas Show featuring Third Eye Blind, The Struts, Holy White Hounds, Daily Grind
Stage AE
12/11

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Highmark Holiday Pops
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Heinz Hall
12/9 to 12/18

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Holiday Rock n' Rolldies
Heinz Hall
12/14
This all-star line-up features Johnny Angel & the Halos, Eugene Pit & Jive Five (“What Time Is It?”), Dee Dee Sharp (“Mashed Potato”), Impressions (“It’s Alright”) and Lou Christie (“Gypsy Cried”) performing their greatest hits and some holiday favorites.
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The Nutcracker
Benedum Center
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
12/2 to 12/27

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A Musical Christmas Carol
Byham Theater
12/9 to 12/23

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MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis
Benedum Center
12/13

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Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Benedum Center
12/29 to 12/30

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