If you love Christmas lights, Pittsburgh is a fantastic destination. Throughout the downtown area, there are many fantastic spots to enjoy the beauty of the holiday season.
Beginning on Light Up Night on the Friday before Thanksgiving and continuing through New Year’s Day, there are many great opportunities to enjoy beautiful displays of Christmas Lights in Pittsburgh.
Here are a few of my favorite spots in and around downtown Pittsburgh to enjoy great lights and decorations during the holiday season.
1. PPG PLACE
In the center of PPG Place, a brilliant black glass structure and one of the most recognizable buildings in the city, is a popular public square that is filled with festive charm.
The highlight of PPG Place’s Christmas celebration is the 65-foot Christmas tree in the center of a beautiful ice skating rink. Like most city skating rinks, it’s on the smaller side and often crowded, but if you want to go for a festive skate, this is the place to do it.
Another great spot in PPG Place is the fantastic Wintergarden. Located on the ground floor of the building, this interior space is decorated with dozens (if not hundreds) of handmade gingerbread houses.
These gingerbread houses are designed by both organizations and individual families and on display throughout the season. It’s fun to browse the houses and look for the many different scenes that are depicted.
In addition to the gingerbread houses, Wintergarden is also home to the Spirits of Giving Around the World exhibition.
This features life-size recreations of Santa Claus-esque figures from around the world. Each display includes information about a traditional character from a culture and a brief description of them. They are then depicted in both a painting and a life-size figure.
These two displays make Wintergarden not only a great place to experience the holidays in downtown Pittsburgh, but also a nice place to warm up on a chilly evening.
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