Pandemic Turns Out the Lights on Pittsburgh’s Light Up Night

Other Downtown holiday traditions and attractions will continue with added safety protocols.
Fireworks Close Pnc Park Light Up Night

PHOTO BY DAVE DICELLO

Light Up Night is the largest one-day event in Pittsburgh, drawing hundreds of thousands of people Downtown to kick off the holiday shopping season. But this year, on the Friday before Thanksgiving, city streets will be quiet and there will be no fireworks. For the first time in 60 years, Light Up Night has been canceled, like so many other events, by the pandemic.

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership made the announcement Friday with the promise that other “reimagined” holiday traditions would continue that will “offer a safe and well-considered option for families to still get the holiday spirit Downtown.”

Among those events, the Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Market Square will be open on Nov. 27 (Black Friday,) with added safety protocols, and there will be an interactive experience “LIVE from the North Pole” with Santa Claus.

The organization says other holiday events will be announced by the middle of November.

“Downtown is at the heart of Pittsburgh’s holiday celebration, so we’re thrilled to be able to offer these reimagined experiences for our community,” says Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, in a statement. “We expect folks will be especially welcoming of the holiday spirit Downtown — something we all could use right now.”

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