Every family has its own special traditions that officially mark the start of the holiday season. But, many Pittsburghers also share some common Christmas traditions. Wrap yourself in the holiday spirit by visiting some of the 10 best Christmas attractions in Pittsburgh.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place
An enchanting Christmas experience beckons at MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place. Novice and seasoned skaters can bring their own ice skates or rent ice skates to glide around the glistening ice rink, illuminated by the massive glowing Christmas tree. Lace up your skates at the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at Third Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
2. Downtown Tour on the Holly Trolley
View the spectacular Christmas decorations throughout downtown Pittsburgh, while shopping for Christmas gifts, aboard the Holly Trolley, courtesy of Molly's Trolleys. Board the free Holly Trolley every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until December 17. The Holly Trolley stops at the U.S. Steel Tower, Fifth Avenue Place, One Oxford Centre, and PPG Place.
3. The Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning
Explore the world at the Cathedral of Learning's Nationality Rooms. Each country's room will be decked out in traditional Christmas decorations through January 14, 2017. The Nationality Rooms are located at 4200 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.
4. The Nutcracker at The Benedum Center
Enjoy a holiday tradition with a performance of The Nutcracker at the Benedum Center through December 27. The nearly two hour production, plus a half an hour intermission, features evening and matinee performances. The Benedum Center is located at 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
5. Holiday Lights At Kennywood Park
Feel the crispy winter wind whip through your hair as you stroll through Kennywood Park, awash in spectacular holiday lights and featuring a host of Christmas activities, including the operation of select rides, visits with Santa, and a breathtaking light show every half an hour at the Kennywood Lagoon. Plan your trip to Holiday Lights Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. through December 23. Kennywood Park is located at 4800 Kennywood Boulevard, West Mifflin, PA 15122.
6. Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Leisurely stroll through the illuminated winter wonderland at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens for the annual Winter Flower Show and Light Garden. Explore the magical gardens lit with LED lights. Visit with Santa. Watch the miniature railroad. For a truly unique experience, stop by the outdoor lighted garden each evening from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are located at 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
7. A Musical Christmas Carol at the Byham Theater
The Civic Light Opera presents A Musical Christmas Carol at the Byham Theater from December 9 through December 23. Relive the adventure of Scrooge and Tiny Tim in Charles Dickens' holiday classic. The curtain rises on A Musical Christmas Carol at the Byham Theater at 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
8. Carnegie Trees at The Carnegie Museum of Art
Add the Carnegie Museum of Art to your holiday to do list to view the spectacular annual seasonal display boasting a theme of The Americas. Stop by the Hall of Architecture for a close-up look at an 18th century Nativity Scene. The Carnegie Trees and Presepio runs through January 9, 2017.
9. Miniature Railroad & Village at Carnegie Science Center
The Miniature Railroad & Village at the Carnegie Science Center has a long, storied history dating back to 1919. Before it found its home at the science center, the charming display started as a family display at a Pittsburgher's home before it moved to the Buhl Planetarium in 1954 then to its current home in 1992. Visit the intricate miniature railroad and village this holiday season. The Carnegie Science Center is located at 1 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
10. Overly's Country Christmas at Westmoreland Fairgrounds
Enter a magical wonderland when you drive through the old-fashioned lighted village at Overly's Country Christmas, then explore the village by foot, enjoying hot drinks and food, rides for the kids, and horse drawn carriage rides. Overly's Country Christmas, which runs through January 1, 2017, is located at 116 Blue Ribbon Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601.
Fill your holiday season with Christmas cheer by visiting the 10 best Christmas attractions in Pittsburgh and don’t forget to add these
winter festivals to your to do list.