Light Up Night in Pittsburgh

Light Up Night in Pittsburgh

The cherished Pittsburgh tradition of Light Up Night, the kickoff to the magical holiday season, returns for its 53rd year on Nov. 22.
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The cherished Pittsburgh tradition of Light Up Night, the kickoff to the magical holiday season, returns for its 53rd year on Nov. 22. More than 800,000 people are expected to make their way to downtown Pittsburgh for what will prove to be another jolly event. The festivities include four stages, eight tree lightings, Santa and his reindeer and, of course, one spectacular fireworks show.

Light Up Night begins at Noon with the first official tree lighting ceremony at the City-County Building as well as the dedication of the Pittsburgh Crèche at the U.S. Steel Tower, the only replica nativity scene in the nation authorized by the Vatican. The party continues with ice carvings, free horse-drawn carriage rides, ice skating, free activities, entertainment, shopping and the much-anticipated lighting of the Highmark Unity Tree.

Music is in the air throughout the evening’s festivities. The Sixth Street Clemente Bridge turns into a Blues Bash featuring Women of the Blues, The Billy Price Band and Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers. The EQT JazzMasters Stage features Roger Humphries, RH Factor, Etta Cox, Al Dowe, Michele Bensen, Kenny Blake and Spanky Wilson. The “Dancing Through the Decades” party at the Northwest Savings Bank Stage at Mellon Square showcases music from The Elliotts, Sputzy and Totally 80s and lasers and bubble machines are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. You’ll be entertained by holiday music playing throughout the town, and in Market Square you can catch Jeff Jimerson for mini-concerts during the Season of Lights Show.

Keeping up with Light Up Night is now even easier with a new mobile enhanced microsite developed to allow visitors to view all schedules and maps. The site,, lets you know where and when each of your favorite acts are taking the stage.

Light Up Night marks the start of holiday shopping with the cherished tradition of the unveiling of the Macy’s holiday windows. Just beyond the windows is a groovin' good time as singer Gloria Gaynor takes the Macy's stage. And, meet Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, recently named National League Manager of the Year by Sporting News.

The evening draws to a close with the BNY Mellon Fireworks Finale, when Zambelli International lights up the sky with pyrotechnics synchronized to a live holiday broadcast on 3WS 94.5 FM.

The holiday fun continues the next morning with the opening of the Peoples Gas Holiday Market, downtown Pittsburgh’s European holiday market.

To find great deals on planning your holiday getaway in Pittsburgh this season , go to VisitPittsburgh,
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