2022 Pittsburgh holiday events you won’t want to miss

Happy holidays, Pittsburgh!

Whether you want to frolic in the frigid air or stay warm indoors, there are plenty of festive events around the Steel City this season.

Channel 11 has compiled a list of some area happenings you won’t want to miss.

Strap on some skates and go ice skating at the UPMC Rink at PPG Place or the Schenley Skating Rink. Skating the rink at PPG has been a Pittsburgh holiday tradition since the early 2000s, while the rink at Schenley has been a destination for skaters and hockey players since 1975.

Warm up in the Carnegie Science Center for a screening of “The Polar Express 3D” at the Rangos Giant Cinema or take in the Laser Holiday Magic Show. Don’t forget to stop by the Miniature Railroad and Village to view the newest models.

Head up to Oakland for the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Carnegie Trees. Since 1961, the annual installation has been considered by many to kick off the holiday season. This year the Hall of Architecture is filled with towering Fraser firs, each lit and elaborately decorated.

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For more foliage, visit Phipps Conservatory’s Holiday Magic Winter Flower Show and Light Garden. This year’s arctic adventure theme features new displays of holiday trees, topiaries, props, and signature floral pieces, including more than 1,600 poinsettias. Timed ticket purchases are required.

The Allegheny County Holiday Drive-In Laser Show is back for a third year and benefits the Kane Foundation. It runs through Christmas Eve. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Glowland is a winter festival open through Dec. 17 featuring art installations and live music events. Discover the interactive art installation, Impulse, open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Schenley Plaza, then head into Oakland’s business districts to explore music, entertainment, vendors and games.

Peoples Gas Holiday Market, open through Christmas Eve, allows you to shop from outdoor vendors in Market Square. Catch live performances at lunchtime and at happy hour during the week, and throughout the day on weekends.

Kennywood's Holiday Lights returns.
Kennywood's Holiday Lights returns.

Want a little outdoor time? Kennywood Holiday Lights features two million twinkling lights, the tallest Christmas tree in the state, festive foods and holiday drinks. There are open rides for the kids and special entertainment.

Take in the sights from the comfort of your car at the Pittsburgh Zoo Lights Drive-Thru. There are more than 100 animal lights with new displays, holiday music and treats.

Enjoy the sounds of the season with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Their holiday offerings include Highmark Holiday Pops, Holiday Brass Spectacular, Celtic Woman, Sensory Friendly Holiday Pops and A Marie Osmond Symphonic Christmas. Not sure what concert to choose? Take their quiz to figure out the perfect concert for you.

Gateway Clipper Fleet is offering a Santa Fun Cruise and Tour as well as a Holiday Sparkle Dinner Cruise and Princess Holiday Ball Cruise.

A gingerbread house made by Yough Intermediate Middle School is one of many on display at the City-County building.
A gingerbread house made by Yough Intermediate Middle School is one of many on display at the City-County building.

Stop by the City-County Building to see the entries to the 20th Annual Gingerbread House Competition. The people of Pittsburgh were invited to build their own edible house, displayed in the grand lobby of the City-County Building through early January. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

The Chanukah Festival and Grand Menorah Parade will be held Dec. 20 at Schenley Plaza with performances by Tali Yess, the Children’s Choir and Allderdice Marching Band. Admission is free to the event, which will feature a 7-foot Lego menorah.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater presents “The Nutcracker” Dec. 9-28 at the Benedum Center. In this distinctly Pittsburgh production, follow Marie, her prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy on a journey into the Land of Enchantment.

Broadway, film, and TV actor Michael Cerveris takes the stage as the iconic Ebenezer Scrooge in the 31st annual production of Pittsburgh CLOs “A Musical Christmas Carol” at Byham Theater.

Go to VisitPittsburgh.com for additional events through the season.

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