Top Christmas and Holiday Events in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The holiday season is in full swing in downtown Pittsburgh, so hop into an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage and make your way around town and visit some of the most iconic and popular Pittsburgh Christmas and Winter Events in Pittsburgh.

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Santa Claus Spirits of Giving Dispaly at PPG Wintergarden

November 16, 2018 through January 2, 2019
Wintergarden -Two PPG Place Pittsburgh, PA 15222


See the splendor of the holidays come alive during PPG Place’s breathtaking “Spirits of Giving From Around the World” exhibit. This enchanting display of life-size Santas and original paintings captures a whole world of Christmas folklore and fantasy. The exhibit comes alive with a collection of original paintings, each depicting holiday celebrations around the world.

Capture memories of Christmases past in the Wintergarden where a tree larger than any from your childhood awaits you. Our spectacular 32-foot tree is surrounded by a showcase of gingerbread houses and Santas from around the world.

Hear a variety of seasonal music performed by area musicians daily throughout the month of December.

The exhibit is FREE. No reservations necessary. Download a brochure here.


Pittsburgh's Crèche, A Life-sized Christmas Nativity Scene

600 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

A gem of the Pittsburgh Christmas season has to be the life-sized nativity scene outside of the U.S. Steel Tower in downtown. Pittsburgh hosts the only Vatican authorized replica of the Nativity Crèche that stands outside Saint Peter's Basilica. During the holiday season, local bands and choirs perform downtown in the Crèche square to celebrate the season. It truly is a beautiful display that reminds us all to keep Christ in Christmas.


2018 Gingerbread House Display at Wintergarden

Wintergarden -Two PPG Place Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Don’t miss this magnificent display of delicious dwellings created by area individuals, organizations, senior citizens, students and chefs. There is no charge for admission. Donations are collected in the PPG Place Wintergarden for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Free Care Fund.
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The Peoples Gas Holiday Market

Nov 16 - Dec 23 at Market Square

Inspired by the original German Christkindlmarkts, the 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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The Christmas Tree at Mass Mutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place

PPG Place Pittsburgh, PA 15222

MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place, a spectacular one-of-a-kind outdoor ice skating rink that surrounds the iconic PPG Pittsburgh Christmas Tree.
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Pittsburgh Ballet's The Nutcracker 2018

Nov 30 - Dec 27, 2018 at Benedum Center

A winter wonderland awaits at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker! It’s Christmas Eve in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh when a mysterious gift sparks a wondrous adventure. Journey to a Land of Enchantment filled with swirling snowflakes, waltzing flowers and exciting dances set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score. Five lavish scenes, dozens of dancers and over 150 costumes make The Nutcracker one of Pittsburgh’s most cherished holiday traditions. Tickets for The Nutcracker start at just $28.



Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Presents A Musical Christmas Carol

Dec 7 - Dec 23, 2018 at Byham Thearer

The holidays would not be the same without Pittsburgh CLO's A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL! We've taken the spirit of the season, wrapped it in your favorite yuletide melodies and tied it with all the holiday magic and wonder of your childhood. Join Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of colorful characters for a remarkable CLO holiday presentation of A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL.
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