Your Guide to Pittsburgh’s Light-Up Night 2014

No matter what you are into, the annual kick-off to the ’Burgh’s holiday season has something for everyone.



Light-Up the Night®, Pittsburgh’s annual celebration to kick off the holiday season, is Friday, Nov. 21. Festivities begin with the City-County Building Tree lighting ceremony at noon and will continue throughout the night with performances, special activities, food, entertainment and more for all ages. If you want to dine on the run, look to the mobile vendors set up outside Gateway Center. The fireworks finale will take place at 9:38 p.m.


For the Planner:
Check out the official schedule here to start strategizing. Special note: Santa arrives at 5:45 p.m., so don’t be late!


For the Animal Whisperer:
Horses and reindeer alert: Take a free horse-drawn carriage around the block or hang out with Santa’s reindeer from 6-9 p.m. at One Oxford Center.


For the Smooth-Date Operator:
Stroll over to Fifth Avenue Place to check out ice carvings of penguins, snowmen and other holiday figures.


For the Musically Inclined:
There’s something for every genre: Jazz enthusiasts can head to Katz Plaza to hear Sean Jones with Roger Humphries and RH Factor, while Jamie Lynn Spears will treat country fans to a performance at Smithfield Street Stage. In a dancing mood? Stop by the Roberto Clemente Bridge stage at 8:30 p.m. for a performance by dance pop band Cobra Starship.


For the Ballet Appreciator:
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is teaming up with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to present “Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes,” a preview of Phipps’ Winter Flower Show and a sampling of ballet vignettes from PBT’s “The Nutcracker.” Please note: Performances will take place at 6 and 7:30 p.m. at Phipps in Oakland, so work that into your plans accordingly if you wish to be downtown.



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