Holiday Spotlight 2018

Holiday Spotlight 2018

Skate around a giant bedecked tree, visit winter light displays, enjoy concerts, the ballet, and take in all the season has to offer via the comprehensive PITT ARTS Holiday Spotlight!


December 10 – 16, 2018


Meet Santa Claus at the History Center
Heinz History Center
December 10 – 16, 2018, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Free with valid Pitt Student ID. Adults: $18, Seniors: $15, Children: $9.
Visit Santa in the History Center’s Great Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make sure to bring your smartphones and cameras for photos with Santa in an exact replica of his original chair from the Santaland display at Kaufmann’s and Macy’s department store.


Peoples Gas Holiday Market
Market Square
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

December 10 – 22, 2018
Mon – Thu: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, Fri – Sat: 11:00 am – 9:30 pm, Sun: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Free Admission.
The 7th Annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market brings a cherished tradition to Downtown Pittsburgh that mixes international flair with local charm. Experience a one-of-a-kind shopping village as you stroll through an illuminated Market Square, weaving through wooden chalets brimming with high-quality gifts.


Holiday Magic Laser Show
Carnegie Science Center
December 10 – 15, 17 – 24, 26 – 29 & 31, 2018, 1:00 pm
December 21, 22, 28 & 29, 2018, 4:00 pm
Laser Show $8, does not include admission to the Carnegie Science Center.
Experience the magic of the holiday season with a little science at this magical holiday laser show perfect for the whole family. Featuring traditional holiday tunes from across generations to contemporary artists performing their personal favorites, this matinee laser show is guaranteed to be a hit with all ages.


The PPG Place Wintergarden
PPG Place
December 10, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Mon – Thu: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm, Fri: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sat: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sun: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Free to the Public.
See the splendor of the holidays come alive during PPG Place’s breathtaking “Spirits of Giving Around the World” exhibit. This enchanting display of life-size Santas and original paintings captures a whole world of Christmas folklore and fantasy. Capture memories of Christmases past in the Wintergarden where a tree larger than any from your childhood awaits you. Our spectacular 32’ tree is adorned with magnificent ornaments and gifts symbolic of this most special season of giving.


Winter Light Garden and Flower Show
Phipps Conservatory
December 10, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Open daily. Timed tickets are required in advance.
Pitt Students with valid Oakland ID must make in-person reservations or check-in at the Phipp’s Visitor Desk in order to received Free Admission.
Winter Flower Show: 9:30 am – 11:00 pm
Winter Light Garden: 5:00 – 11:00 pm
Free with a valid Pitt Student ID. Free with Phipps Membership. $17.95 for adults, $16.95 for seniors/students, and $11.95 for children (ages 2 – 18).
The holiday season isn’t complete without a visit to Phipps, and Holiday Magic: Let It Glow! promises to be our biggest and brightest show yet! From a newly restored Palm Court filled with trees mounted on oversized music boxes to a Serpentine Room of nutcrackers, toboggans and tea sets, one amazing display after another will dazzle your senses and warm your holiday spirit. Plus, in our Outdoor and Discovery Gardens, our must-see Winter Light Garden will sparkle with luminous orbs, trees, fountains, a tunnel of lights and an all-new ice tower display that will mesmerize guests of all ages.


Carnegie Trees and Neapolitan Presepio
Hall of Architecture
Carnegie Museum of Art
December 10, 2018 – January 7, 2019
Mon, Wed, Fri – Sun: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Tues: Closed, Thu: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission. Free with a valid Pitt Student ID. Adults: $19.95, Seniors (65+): $14.95, Students with ID/Children age 3–18: $11.95
Kick off your holidays with a visit to this popular seasonal display, brought to you by the Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee. The 2018 edition marks a first-ever collaboration with 57th Carnegie International artist Karen Kilimnik. Five soaring evergreens are decorated according to Kilimnik’s artistic vision, which has been described as “joyful fantasy and a quest for the romantic sublime.” The trees flank the museum’s exquisite 18th-century Neapolitan presepio Nativity scene, rare in US collections, together making up a cherished Pittsburgh tradition. Handcrafted between 1700 and 1830, the presepio is filled with lifelike figures and colorful details that re-create the Nativity within a vibrant and detailed panorama of 18th-century Italian village life.


MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink
PPG Place
December 10, 2018 – March 3, 2019
Mon – Thu, Sun: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Fri ­– Sat: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Adults (ages 13-49): $10, Children (through age 12): $9, Seniors (ages 50 and up): $9, Skate Rental: $4.
For a unique holiday experience, enjoy an exhilarating holiday tradition as you glide around the breathtaking 65’ Christmas tree on the PPG Plaza. Skating lessons and skate rentals are available.


The Hip Hop Nutcracker
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Benedum Center

December 11 – 12, 2018
Purchase discounted Cheap Seats tickets at
Pitt Students/Faculty/Staff: $17.75, $25.25, $40.25.
A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary re-imagining of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ and violinist performs the Hip Hop Nutcracker with Guest MC Kurtis Blow.


Clayton Holiday Tour: A Season of Celebrations
The Frick Pittsburgh
7227 Reynolds Street, Point Breeze

December 11, 2018—January 6, 2019
Tues – Sun 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Fri 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
FREE for Frick members. $15 adult non-members, $13 seniors, students and active-duty military, $8 children 16 and under.
Enjoy the lavishly decorated home of the Frick Family during this year’s holiday tour of Clayton. Re-imagine the events of 1908, when Helen Clay Frick made her debut into society. Mural-like photo enlargements will immerse visitors in the past, while decorations evoking the splendor of the party will join the traditional poinsettias and greenery of the holiday season to offer a fresh perspective on the Frick family’s Christmas festivities in 1908.


A Lyrical Christmas Carol
Pittsburgh Musical Theater
New Hazlett Theater, Northside
December 13 – 16, 2018
Tickets start at $20
On Christmas Eve, Scrooge sits in his house with not a kind word for anyone; he just wants to be left alone until the “humbug” of Christmas is over. But four ghostly visitors – his former business partner, followed by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come – show him the error of his ways, and by the time Christmas Day dawns, Scrooge is a changed person. The entire family will enjoy this timeless classic peppered with your favorite Christmas carols.


Midnight Radio: Die Hard N’at
937 Liberty Avenue, Downtown
December 13 – 22, 2018
General admission: $35, Students: $25.
Join us as we put a hilarious Pittsburgh spin on what Bruce Willis calls, “not a Christmas movie.” Holiday hijinks ensue as police cars are blown up, skyscraper windows are blown out and John McClane somehow lost his shoes. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the ‘Burgh, not a creature was stirring, except… some jags takin hostages and ruining the office Christmas Party. Who will save the season from total friggin annihilation? Yippee Ki-Yay, Ya Jags!


Alegría––Christmas Music from Spain and the New World
Chatham Baroque
Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:30 pm, St. Nicholas Church, Millvale
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 8:00 pm, Synod Hall, Oakland
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2:30 pm, Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chatham University, Shadyside
Tickets $10-30. All ticket prices are $5 more at the box office
Chatham Baroque’s holiday program explores music of Baroque Spain and the New World. Nell Snaidas (soprano) and Raquel Winnica Young (mezzo soprano) will charm and dazzle singing in their native Spanish, extolling the joys of the season as expressed through the music of Hispanic colonial times.


Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity
Shona Sharif African Dance & Drum Ensemble
Charity Randall Theatre, Stephen Foster Memorial, University of Pittsburgh

December 14 – 16 & 20 – 22, 2018
$25 General Admission, $10 Students, Seniors, and Children
Once again, in the spirit of the holiday season, The Shona Sharif African Dance and Drum Ensemble is proud to present the musical, Black Nativity, written by Langston Hughes.  Offering a dynamic experience, this musical is a unique and exciting performance told through an array of rhythmic choreography and angelic voices.  For more information and group sales please call 412-648-2276.


Holiday Lights
Kennywood Park
December 14 – 23, 2018, Fri – Sun: 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Plus, December 26 – December 30, 2018, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
At the gate: $19.99 (plus $1.00 Amusement tax). Children age 2 and under: free.
The best place to visit during the holidays in Pittsburgh is Kennywood, without a doubt! America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park decks its halls (and rides) with nearly two million twinkling lights, highlighted by the tallest Christmas tree in the state of Pennsylvania. Enjoy holiday songs, see spectacular light shows, visit Santa, and more!


The Nutcracker
Pittsburgh Ballet Theater
Benedum Center
December 14 – 27, 2018
Purchase discounted Cheap Seats tickets at
Pitt Student/Osher starting at $16, Pitt Faculty/Staff starting at $22.
A winter wonderland awaits at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker! It’s Christmas Eve in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh when a mysterious gift sparks a wondrous adventure. Journey to a Land of Enchantment filled with swirling snowflakes, waltzing flowers and exciting dances set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score. Five lavish scenes, dozens of dancers and over 150 costumes make The Nutcracker one of Pittsburgh’s most cherished holiday traditions.


31th Annual Holiday Train Display
Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum
December 14, 2018 – January 13, 2019
Sat – Sun: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Fri: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Closed December 24 & 25, 2018 & January 1, 2019
$19 for adults, $5 for children under 12.
With the purpose of promoting and preserving the history of railroads in Western Pennsylvania through the hobby of model railroading, the Railroad Museum is open for their 31th Annual Holiday Train Show. For specific questions about the Holiday Show, please contact the museum.


PB&J: Sing We Noel
Chatham Baroque
McClintic Hall, Calvary Episcopal Church, Shadyside
December 15, 2018, 10:00 & 11:30 am
$8 Adults, $5 Children and Free for 2 & Under
Rudolph and Frosty! Come join the throng for our annual holiday sing-along!  Especially for preschool children and their accompanying grown-ups, Chatham Baroque’s Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions encourage young children to become active and enthusiastic listeners through music, dance, and games. Kindermusik teacher Lynda Wingerd joins Andrew, Patty, and Scott, and a variety of special guests for Saturday morning musical adventures that are lively, educational — and fun!


AWCommunity Day: Holiday Edition
August Wilson Center, African American Cultural Center
August Wilson Center, Downtown

December 15, 2018, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public
This FREE family-friendly event features local vendors, artisans, performers and community building at August Wilson Cultural Center. Guests can enjoy dance, music, theater, and more! AWCommunity Day: Holiday Edition will feature a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Kwanzaa activities, an artist market with a dozen local vendors selling handmade wares, live performances and more!


Among Angels
Pittsburgh Camerata
Saturday, December 15, 7:30 pm, Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church
Sunday, December 16, 3:00 pm, Shadyside Presbyterian Church
$20 General Admission, $5 Student
This special concert centers on the work “Among Angels,” by British composer Will Todd, for two harps and a cappella double choir. We will also sing music from the 16th to the 21st centuries that evoke images of angels.


Holly Trolley
Downtown Pittsburgh

December 15 – 22, 2018, Sat: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
1 Fifth Avenue Place
2 PPG Place
3 U.S. Steel Tower (Creche)
4 Heinz History Center
5 KidsPlay (Heinz Hall)
6 PG&H (536 Smithfield Street)


Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
Downtown Pittsburgh

December 15 – 22, 2018, Sat: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Board on Fourth Avenue next to PPG Place Plaza.


Highmark Holiday Pops
PNC Pittsburgh Symphony Pops
Heinz Hall
December 15 – 16 & 21 – 23, 2018
Purchase discounted Cheap Seats tickets at
Pitt Student/Osher starting at $15.50, Pitt Faculty/Staff starting at $14.74 with fees.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—with favorite holiday music, perfect for the whole family. Take a “Sleigh Ride “with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Broadway’s Doug LaBrecque, and Santa Claus, too! It’s Pittsburgh’s favorite holiday tradition.


A Musical Christmas Carol
Pittsburgh CLO
Byham Theater
December 15 – 23, 2018
Purchase discounted Cheap Seats tickets at
Pitt Students/Faculty/Staff $16 & $49.
Starring Broadway and TV’s Richard Thomas as Scrooge. The holidays would not be the same without Pittsburgh CLO’s A Musical Christmas Carol! We’ve taken the spirit of the season, wrapped it in your favorite yuletide melodies and tied it with all the holiday magic and wonder of your childhood. Join Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of colorful characters for a remarkable CLO holiday presentation of A Musical Christmas Carol. With dazzling special effects, holiday charm and ticket prices even Scrooge would approve of, this Charles Dickens classic is a wonderful way to celebrate all the tradition of the season.


Santa Visits!
Phipps Conservatory
December 15- 23, 2018, Sat – Sun: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
And December 17-21, 2018, Mon –Fri: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Free with Phipps Admission. Free with a valid Pitt Student ID. Free with Phipps Membership. $17.95 for adults, $16.95 for seniors/students, and $11.95 for children (ages 2 – 18).
Join us for a festive photo-op with the man in the big red suit! It’s a perfect way to get into the spirit of the season, share a special memory and capture this year’s holiday family photo. Santa Visits are free with Phipps admission.


Nationality Room Holiday Tours
Cathedral of Learning
December 15, 2018 – January 12, 2019
Sat: 9:00 am – 2:30 pm, Sun: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
The University is closed December 24, 25, 26, 2018 & January 1, 2019.
Free Admission. Tape Tours: $4 Adults, $2 Youth.
The Nationality Rooms in Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning will be open and free to tour, and will be decorated for the winter holidays. Narrated tape tours are available for an additional fee. December 27 through December 31: Only first come-first served, guided tours are available from 10:30 am each day. Tickets will be sold at the Information Counter. No reservations are accepted. The last tour is dispatched at 2:30 pm each day.