A Guide to Holiday Activities

The Christmas season is a busy time but one filled with great opportunities to create memories with your family. All around the Pittsburgh area there are lots of fun holiday activities to share in and enjoy. 

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Peoples Gas Holiday Market

When: 11/17-12/24
Hours: M-TH: 11AM-8PM
FRI & SAT: 11AM-9:30PM
Where: Market Square
Price: Admission is Free

Spirits of Giving from Around The World
Life Size Santas and paintings that capture Christmas around the whole world!

When: 11/18-1/1/24
Hours: MON-THU: 9AM-7PM
Fridays: 9AM-8PM
Saturdays: 11AM-8PM
Sundays: 11AM-6PM
Where: One & Two PPG Place Lobbies
Price: Admission is Free!

UPMC Rink at PPG Plaza
Skate around the beautiful big Christmas tree at PPG Plaza!
When: 11/18-1/8
Hours: Check Website for Specific Dates
Where: PPG Plaza
Price: Adults (13-49): $11-$12
Children(12 and Under): $10-$11
Seniors (50 & Up): $10-$11
Military (With ID): $10-$11
First Responders (With ID): $10-$11
Skate Rental: $5-$6

Holiday KidsPlay & Selfie Garden
Presented by Fred Rodgers Productions and The Pittsburgh Pirates, this is a fun place for all kids with different craft stations and backdrops that are filled with all PBS Kids children shows!
When: KidsPlay – 11/18 & 24-12/23
Selfie Garden- 11/18-12/23
Hours: KidsPlay – Saturdays (Black Friday) – 11AM-7PM

Sundays- 11AM-6PM
Selfie Garden – WED-FRI: Noon-3PM & 4-7PM
Saturday: Noon-8PM
Sunday: Noon-6PM

(Have different hours for the Grand Opening, Light Up Night, and Black Friday)

Where: KidsPlay – Sixth St & Liberty Ave (Across from Santa’s House)
Selfie Garden – Heinz Hall Courtyard
Price: Admission is Free!

Santa’s House
The Kiddos will have their time to sit on Santa’s Lap and tell them what they want for Christmas! Then after they will be able to get a Photo with St. Nick!
When: 11/24-12/23
Hours: WED-FRI: 3PM-8PM
Saturday: 11AM-8PM
Sunday: 11AM-6PM
Where: Heinz Hall Courtyard
Price: $10 suggested donation

The Lawrenceville Cookie Tour
In Lawrenceville’s business district. Come and do some holiday shopping at small businesses and snack on homemade cookies!
When: 12/9-12/10
Hours: 12PM-5PM
Where: Lawrenceville’s Business District
Price: Admission is Free!

Nationality Rooms Holiday Open House 2023
Inside the Cathedral of Learning in Oakland, Guests will be invited into the Nationality and Heritage Rooms which will be decorated for the Holiday Season!
When: 12/3
Hours: 12PM-4PM
Where: Cathedral of Learning, Oakland
Price: Admission is Free!

Handmade Arcade Holiday Market
Shop one-of-a-kind holiday handmade products from talented makers and artists!

When: 12/1-12/2
Hours: 12/1: 5PM-7:30PM
12/2: 9AM-11AM
Where: David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Price: Must register online for free tickets!