Best Christmas Markets in Pittsburgh
Looking for that perfect event to get you in the Christmas mood this holiday season? We have you covered. We’re highlighting the best Christmas Markets in and around Pittsburgh this year and there is no shortage of events to warm the cockles of your heart. Whether it be wandering through your own holiday fairytale in one of the world’s biggest indoor wonderlands or exploring the beautiful downtown Christmas displays, you’ll be hard-pressed to not feel the festive spirit once you’ve paid a visit to just one of these spectacular events happening in your own backyard.
This brand new indoor light festival is coming to Pittsburgh for the first time and it promises to be breathtakingly beautiful while whole-heartedly entertaining; an array of fun for the entire family. Enjoy all the wonder and magic of a true outdoor winter festival—complete indoors! With millions of twinkling lights, your photo-feed this season will have a magical new makeover. Stroll through lighted trails and gorgeous light gardens for that perfect selfie. Some lights are even interactive and change colors, giving you complete control over your photos.
The unique gift you’re looking for is sure to be found at Lumaze’s celebrated Vendor Market featuring over 30 local artisans and businesses. Live entertainment, LED swings and a leisurely ride through Lumaze on one of their trackless trains will have you spending hours at what is quickly growing to be one of the world’s biggest indoor winter light festivals. Tickets range in price and season passes are available. It all happens at 31st Street Studios from November 23 to January 4.
Pittsburgh Christmas Market
Downtown Pittsburgh becomes the epicenter of Christmas during the holidays and its no wonder, with the Pittsburgh Christmas Market taking over Market Square. The best of a true European Christmas comes to Pittsburgh with dozens of booths constructed each year, featuring an eclectic arrangement of gifts, decorations, ornaments and snacks. Market Square becomes the true home of Santa Claus each year, with lineups to see him wrapping around the block—so get there early!
The festive spirit spills out of Market Square and into PPG Place’s Courtyard where an ice skater’s paradise awaits. One of the region’s largest ice rinks features a stunning Christmas tree at its centre. And for those looking for something a little more relaxing—horse-drawn carriage rides will take you to all the areas in downtown Pittsburgh your heart desires. The Pittsburgh Christmas Market begins on the Friday before Thanksgiving and is open through Christmas.
Phipps Conservatory’s Winter Flower Show
For something completely unique and different, we had to include this one on the list. The winter flower show at Phipps Conservatory is an uncommon yet brilliant way to feel the spirit of the season. With festive art pieces and a gorgeous display of exclusive winter flowers, this conservatory becomes engulfed in holiday cheer and warmth. Plus, it’s here where you will see some of the most beautifully decorated trees in all of Pittsburgh.
Make your way to the conservatory just as the sun sets for a truly beautiful experience as you enjoy the outdoor Light Garden while dusk sets over the city. The Victoria Room will take you back in time with a massive, stunning Christmas Tree towering over the evergreens. Best viewed at night, this wonderland of nature runs from Thanksgiving until the first week of January.
Kennywood Holiday Lights
Kennywood Theme Park becomes an absolute delight each holiday season with its annual Holiday Lights display. With an abundance of festive cheer within the park grounds, the impressive lights, scattered throughout the park will inspire awe and wonder in every child and child-at-heart. The family will be entertained for hours with nightly light shows on the lagoon, Carolers, live entertainment, and opportunities to meet Mr. Santa Claus himself.
While many of the rides remained closed for the season, they do get gussied up with a touch of tinsel, glistening lights, and the amusing Christmas decorations each year. Be sure to check out Noah’s Ark for a particularly Christmasy-makeover. The Kennywood Holiday Lights are the perfect way to spend an evening with family. Enjoy delicious food and drinks while taking in the nightly lighting of the iconic Kennywood Christmas tree or magic show or two throughout the evening. The Holiday Lights run from November 23 through December 23, closing for Christmas. They reopen again on December 26 through the 30th.