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Best Locations Around Pittsburgh To See Christmas Lights!

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Are you searching for the best locations in Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas to see the best Holiday light displays?

If so, our yearly Pittsburgh Holiday Lights events guide will give you all the updates and keep your holiday spirits bright all season long.  Pittsburgh is a beautiful destination if you love to be in the Christmas lights. The downtown area offers many fantastic spots to enjoy the beauty of the holiday season.

Starting on Light up Night on the Friday before Thanksgiving and continuing through New Year's Day, there are many excellent opportunities to enjoy beautiful displays of Christmas Lights in Pittsburgh.

Below are a few of the people’s favorite places in and around downtown Pittsburgh to enjoy terrific lights and decorations during the holiday season.

Places You Must Visit to See Holiday Lights in the Pittsburgh Area

It is a known fact that Pittsburghers love Christmas and Holiday light displays nearly as much as the Steelers. So with the holiday quickly approaching, it is time for a vacation lights road trip. Here's a list of some of the region's larger, more popular destinations.

Market Square: BNY Mellon Season of Lights

This place will glow with a dazzling light display on the buildings surrounding the square, with over 150,000 LED Lights and a gorgeous 35-foot tall sparkling Sphere Tree with lighting. On Comcast Light Up Night®, the switch is flipped to kick off the BNY Mellon Season of Lights, including added light showing every half hour. The BNY Mellon Season of Lights will last nightly, through mid-January.


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PPG Place Plaza and the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink

In the middle of PPG Place, a brilliant black glass structure and among the most recognizable buildings in the city, is a famous public square that's full of festive charm.

The highlight of PPG Place's Christmas party is the 65-foot Christmas trees in the middle of a beautiful Mass Mutual Pittsburgh ice skating rink. The entire place is a spectacular holiday sight to see. Like many city skating rinks, it is on the smaller side and frequently crowded, but if you would like to go for a joyous skate, this is the place to do it.

You can also stand along the edge and enjoy watching the skaters go by and the twinkling lights of this PPG Christmas tree in downtown Pittsburgh.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens have one of the most unique and spectacular light displays in Pittsburgh with Holiday Magic: Let It Glow! This display is a holiday winter wonderland, and a must-visit in Pittsburgh.


Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland

This Christmas Wonderland is a three-mile tour into Christmas lighting you will remember always. Visit Santa's village to get a photo op with Santa or to get a ride on the Polar Express train.

Kennywood Park Holiday Lights

Kennywood Park is the best place to see in Pittsburgh during the holidays! America's Finest Traditional Amusement Park decorates its halls (and rides) with almost two million twinkling lights, emphasized by the tallest Christmas tree in the state of Pennsylvania. Enjoy holiday songs, see spectacular light displays, see Santa, and much more!


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Oglebay Resort Festival of Lights

A Pittsburgh tradition in Wheeling, West Virginia. Oglebay's Light fantasy takes you on a 6-mile drive tour over  300 acres of holiday lights.  Among the 10 Best Christmas Light Displays in the US-based on AOL Travel, The Festival of Lights was listed and displayed on Travel Channel's Extreme Christmas Celebrations. The Festival of Lights is available at Oglebay Resort through New Year's Day.

Overly's Country Christmas

Make your holidays more charming by visiting Overly's Country Christmas®, a nonprofit organization operated mainly by volunteers that are dedicated to creating holiday memories with a walk-around Christmas Village that is full of a range of traditional treats and customs. Sing carols ‘around the bonfire click your photograph with Santa (on the days before Christmas),  enjoy the model train display, have a horse-drawn sleigh/wagon ride or shop for presents in the C. Edgar & Sons General Store and much, much more as you experience the warmth of the traditional Christmas Village!

Yuletide in Sewickley

Sewickley Light Up Night 2018 is November 30th and presents a fantastic fireworks show, free horse-drawn carriage rides, music, live reindeer, an ice carving competition and many food vendors. Bring the family for entertainment, shopping, and food!

Beaver County Festival of Trees

Among the area's most exciting Christmas Holiday events to over 9,400 visitors from the surrounding tri-state area. The festival brings excitement and joy to both old and young alike.

The Christmas Light Up Celebration in Clinton

It is a one-mile drive during Holiday Experience!  In Clinton, PA, the Christmas Light-up Celebration is the best-kept holiday secret. We have over a mile of displays and lights in a gorgeous, enchanted woodland setting.


Another fantastic place in PPG place is your fantastic Wintergarden. The winter garden found within the PPG Place on the ground floor of this building; this interior area decorated with dozens (if not hundreds) of handmade gingerbread homes.

These gingerbread houses are designed by both organizations and families and on display during the entire year. It is fun to browse the homes and search for the many distinct scenes.

Along with the gingerbread houses, Wintergarden is also house to the Spirits of Giving around the World exhibition.

This exhibition includes life-size recreations of Santa Claus-Esque figures from all over the world. Each screen displays information about a cultural, traditional character and a brief detail about them. They are shown in both a life-size figure and a painting.

Both of these screens make Wintergarden not just a great location to experience the holidays in downtown Pittsburgh, but also a beautiful place to warm up on a cold evening.

Unity Tree

The Unity Tree on the Horne's Construction is a 60-year tradition in Pittsburgh and among the most beautiful Christmas lit trees.

The Unity Tree, also known to locals as the Horne's Tree since it graces the prior Horne's Department Store Building, might be many people's favorite place for Christmas lights in Pittsburgh.

This exceptional tree adorns the corner of the Horne Building in The intersection of Penn Avenue and Stanwix Street in the center of downtown Pittsburgh. This 6-story tree embraces both sides of the building's corner, making one of the fascinating holiday displays in Pennsylvania.

If you got an opportunity to be in Pittsburgh for Light up Night, we strongly suggest checking out the tree light here since it is the only tree that is lit with its own fireworks show.

Holiday Market In Market Square

The Christmas Market in Market Square is a great place to do some holiday shopping and see lights.

If you're looking for Christmas presents, then there are few better places to go to in Pittsburgh than the Holiday Market in Market Square. Featuring dozens of vendors who rotate out during the entire year, this German-style Christmas market offers everything from tasty foods to authentic European Christmas decorations and handmade gifts.

Held from Light up Night throughout the weekend before Christmas, the Holiday Market also features a unique Christmas tree, photos with Santa and live entertainment.

Tree At The City-County Building

The City-County Building always looks festive with lightning throughout the holiday season.

Proceeding with a more than 100-year tradition, the City-County Building lighting a lovely Christmas tree in downtown Pittsburgh. At around 60 feet tall, the tree is always among the largest in town.

Besides the tree, the festive red and green Christmas lights cover the building which makes this among the most festive buildings in downtown Pittsburgh.

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Pittsburgh Crèche

This Crèche is the only authorized imitation of the Vatican's nativity scene and is a must-see attraction.

The Pittsburgh Crèche is a considerable nativity scene situated in the plaza under the U.S. Steel Tower. On display annually since 1999, the Pittsburgh Crèche is the only authorized replica of the nativity scene in St. Peter's Cathedral in Vatican City.

This scene is probably the most massive nativity scene you have ever seen at 64 feet across and 42 feet in height. All told, there are 20 large figurines at the Crèche, such as Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus.

Christmas Tree At The Point State Park

The Christmas tree at Point State Park is not just beautiful but also provides great views of the city.

The Christmas tree at Point State Park is the most captured holiday lights in Pittsburgh. That is because this tree is visible in almost any photo taken from popular areas like Mount Washington and the West End Overlook.

This beautiful tree is not a tree at all but rather a set of string lights around a metal rod. Even so, this festive decoration is one of the most gorgeous areas in Pittsburgh during the holiday season.

Holiday Pop-Up Bars

If you're seeking for a festive drink, there are four-holiday pop-up pubs in downtown Pittsburgh.  If you would like to get a drink with a bit of festive charm, you are in luck. Downtown Pittsburgh is home to four Christmas-themed pop-up bars.

Even though the most popular of them is undoubtedly miracle on Liberty, it is always packed, so instead, you can check out Jingle Bar, which is brand new in 2018.

Walking into Jingle Bar seems like walking into a tackily decorated Christmas gift (in a positive way, of course). The bar is covered in decorations, and all of the individuals working there are wearing festive holiday clothing.  The drinks here are somewhat pricy, and while they've festive names and components, they're slightly underwhelming.

So,  if you want to drink a holiday beverage in Pittsburgh, do not miss these pop-up bars since they provide a fun and distinctive atmosphere that's well worth experiencing.

Christmas Tree At Heinz Field

It's an excellent idea to see the Christmas tree outside Heinz Field into the North Shore from downtown Pittsburgh.

Even though it's on the North Shore and not in downtown, the Christmas Tree outside of Heinz Field is easily among the gorgeous places to see Christmas lights in Pittsburgh. This tall tree is readily visible from North Shore Drive, or you may walk up to get a better look.

Truthfully, the entirety of Heinz Field is beautifully adorned with lights and is well worth visit throughout the holiday season in Pittsburgh.

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