Kennywood Shines With More Than 1.5 Million Holiday Lights

New this year, the state's tallest Christmas tree will be the focal point of the amusement park's celebration of the holiday season.

Photo by David Fulmer on Flickr

A Christmas tree taller than an eight story building is among the newest attractions to Kennywood Park's fifth annual Holiday Lights celebration, which opens Friday Nov. 27. The 90-foot tree, which will tower over the park's lagoon area, is the tallest on record in Pennsylvania, according to a statement from Kennywood Park officials.

Also new this year is The Polar Express: A 4-D Experience, a 15-minute spinoff on the popular holiday movie. The film will be showing in Kennywood’s newly constructed 4-D Theater. It is included free with park admission.

A number of Kennywood's traditional rides will be operating, including the Gingerbread Express and Ghostwood Estate (both with holiday makeovers,) a brightly-lit Merry-Go-Round and several Kiddieland rides.

The park will be decorated with more than 1.5 million lights, connected and powered by more than 12 miles of extension cords — enough to connect Kennywood to Heinz Field. 

Holiday Lights continues every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night through Dec. 27 (excluding Christmas Day), from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is $14.99 and tickets can be purchased online here. Children 2 years old and under are free and so is the parking. 

––Richard Cook


photo via I Made it! Market


#HandcraftedGifts: I Made It! Market Opens Black Friday.

If you would rather eschew the malls on Black Friday but still need to scratch that shopping itch, check out the ninth annual I Made It! Market, which sets up shop for two days at Nova Place (the former Allegheny Center Mall).

I Made It! Market features 100 local artisans, all selling handmade wares. This year’s artists include local notables such as 1820 House Candle and Co., Abandoned Pittsburgh, sellers from Neighborhood Flea and more. There's also musical entertainment, crafty activities for kids and adults and plenty of food trucks. 

I Made It! Market is open from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28 (Small Business Saturday).

Parking is available under the building for a $5 fee for the whole day.

––Lauralei Kraski


photo via flickr creative commons


#UglySweaterRun: Time to suit up

You know that one sweater in the back of your closet that’s so terrible you can’t imagine ever wearing it in public? 3-D antlers, obtuse Santa stitchings, and all? Now’s your chance to show it off with pride. 

Sunday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m., the Ugly Sweater Run kicks off at PNC Park on the North Side. It’s the 5K holiday-lovers have been waiting for.

Suit up in your ugliest sweater for 3.1 miles of scenic and city sights, festive stations, photo booths, games, a holiday soundtrack worth the miles, and best of all, hot chocolate along the way. Post-race, have a beer and partake in ugly sweater competitions, shopping and other activities.

Signing up is easy. Prices vary between $40-$45 per person, depending on if you make a “select the special ticket option” to donate to the Save the Children charity, which supported by the Ugly Sweater Run.

Sign up before November 28 and kids gets in free. Might be a good chance to get a family picture for the holiday greeting cards, with everyone dressed to impress.



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