Best Christmas Lights Displays in Pittsburgh

The United States is known far and wide for having some truly exceptional Christmas lights displays, and Pittsburgh is no exception to the rule. These shows are a fantastic opportunity to create some treasured family memories — after all, who doesn’t have fond memories of driving around with their parents to look at the lights when they were growing up?

The following list contains all of the must-see Christmas lights displays to be found this winter in Pittsburgh. Whether you’ve already got a plan or you’re still looking for inspiration, read on to discover a few things you might not have heard of yet. 

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LUMAZE PITTSBURGH: A FAIRYTALE CHRISTMAS

Lumaze makes use of approximately a million different lights to create perhaps the single most impressive Christmas lights display to be found anywhere in Pittsburgh. With light tunnels, live music, and festive beverages all par for the course, the entirety of the show can be experienced without worrying about the cold, thanks to the toasty-warm indoor environment that has been created by the festival directors. Local food and businesses will be selling their wares at the vendor’s market, while adults can also kick back with some grown-up time at the on-site licensed bar. Kids, families, singletons, groups of friends – everybody can find something for them in the Lumaze Pittsburgh event this holiday season.

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HOLIDAY LIGHTS: KENNYWOOD PARK

HOLIDAY LIGHTS: KENNYWOOD PARK

One of the most traditional amusement parks to be found anywhere in the United States, Kennywood Park has long been a favorite of native Pittsburghers and visitors alike. When it comes to Christmas, however, they step up their game another notch. The tallest Christmas tree in the entire state of Pennsylvania is the centerpiece of the attraction, but that’s not to say it’s the only thing worth going for. With more than one and a half million beautiful lights, holiday carollers, a visit to Santa, and even synchronised light shows, this is one Christmas lights display you definitely don’t want to miss.

BNY MELLON SEASON OF LIGHTS: MARKET SQUARE

BNY MELLON SEASON OF LIGHTS: MARKET SQUARE

Everybody who knows Pittsburgh knows about Market Square, but maybe not everybody is as familiar with the stunning Christmas lights displays the area puts on every holiday season. There are more than 100,000 LED lights that take part in the overall performance, as well as a 35-foot Sphere Tree that lights up with electrical illumination. On the night of the Lights-On ceremony, the switching on of all the lights will be accompanied by a ton of lights shows – one every half hour, as a matter of fact. All of the buildings around the square take part, so make sure you get down to Market Square at some point this holiday season.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: OGLEBAY RESORT

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: OGLEBAY RESORT

If you’re not too keen on exploring the Christmas lighting displays on foot – maybe because the weather isn’t exactly your idea of a great time – then the Oglebay Resort’s lights show might just be the event for you. Participants get to experience the beauty of 300 acres’ worth of holiday lights from the comfort of their own cars. By driving along the nearly seven-mile path, both the kids in the backseat and the adults riding upfront will be delighted by just show many stunning lights there are to be seen across the breathtaking grounds of the resort itself.

PHIPPS CONSERVATORY / BOTANICAL GARDENS

HOLIDAY MAGIC: PHIPPS CONSERVATORY / BOTANICAL GARDENS

Botanical gardens are an ideal location for beautiful Christmas lights displays, with nature’s own splendour combining well with thousands of lights to create truly unforgettable seasonal experiences. The Phipps Conservatory takes advantage of everything the surroundings have to offer by turning the entire area into a dazzling winter wonderland that’s suitable for the entire family. Known as Let It Glow, this event is definitely worth including in your schedule, but be warned — you’ll need to bring a warm coat since it’ll be bitter cold outside.

It’s safe to say that residents of Pittsburgh are spoiled by the sheer amount of stunning Christmas lights displays they can take advantage of, right at their doorstep. Whether you’re going with your family or you’re taking a trip with some of your closest friends, all of these events promise a reliably good time. Christmas is the time for giving, and for being together, so make sure you get down to at least one of these shows this holiday season. 

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