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Why the Airport Is a Cool Place to Do Your Holiday Shopping

At PIT’s annual open house, visitors can shop, tour and explore.

photo courtesy allegheny county airport authority


The airside terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport, normally off-limits to non-ticketed passengers on the weekends, is hosting its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday — and it promises to be the perfect spot to check some gifts off your list.

On Saturday, 20 of the shops and eateries will be offering discounts and giveaways and there will be live music and a visit from Santa.

In addition, there will be 11 art and cultural exhibitions from institutions such as The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, The Frick Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and the Innovation Studio at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

“Showcasing the world-class talent of local artists and cultural institutions at Pittsburgh International is an important part of creating a sense of place for visitors,” says Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis in a statement. “We are committed to connecting the airport to the region it serves in showcasing these new installations.”

Shoppers must register at flypittburgh.com/openhouse and arrive with a valid, government-issued photo ID. No shoppers will be allowed through security after 5 p.m. Those parking in the short term parking garage will receive a free parking voucher for the day.

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