The holiday festivities, held this year on Nov. 18, will claim a new corner of Downtown with a nearly quarter-mile-long pedestrian plaza along Fort Duquesne Boulevard.
That stretch will include two musical stages, featuring performances from rock band O.A.R. and Mt. Lebanon pop star Daya, both at 8:30 p.m. Other musical acts, on a total of four stages around Downtown, include national jazz singer Gloria Reuben and local artists Jeff Jimmerson and Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers.
The celebration will begin at 11:15 a.m., with the lighting of the tree at the City-County Building, complete with new ornaments representing each of the 90 city neighborhoods, created by local company HackPittsburgh. It will conclude at the end of the BNY Mellon Fireworks Finale, which is scheduled to begin at 9:38 p.m. The MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink in PPG Place will be open until midnight.
Past favorites such as the Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Market Square, the lighting of the Highmark Unity Tree, free horse-drawn carriages rides and live reindeer will also be a part of the 56th annual event. As he has the past five years, Santa will reside in the Holiday Market, available for lap sitting and toy requests. The tako restaurant will be the market’s food vendor, serving up items such as a short rib taco torta or wild mushroom quesadilla.
Some of the features from Light Up Night, such as the Energy Flow display, the Pittsburgh Creche and the Holiday Market will continue daily through the holiday season. Free parking in Downtown garages will be available on Saturdays and Black Friday during the holiday season, beginning on Nov. 26. Those dates will also feature free carriage and Holly Trolley rides Downtown, as well as Holiday Kidsplay zone.
A complete schedule is available at www.DowntownPittsburgh.com/Holidays.
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