There’s no place like … Pittsburgh for the holidays

Have yourself a very Pittsburgh Christmas.

There’s so much to do around the Pittsburgh region during the holidays.

Here are some of my favorites … and some of the things still on my Pittsburgh Christmas Bucket List (which isn’t officially a thing yet, but totally should be).

Handmade Arcade: This is said to be Pittsburgh’s largest independent craft fair. It’s set for Dec. 2.

Kennywood Park’s Holiday Lights: It’s a Pittsburgh tradition your family and friends will love! What can beat Potato Patch fries inside Kennywood at the holiday season?

Steubenville Nutcracker Village: Walk through a village of hand-painted nutcracker! Plus, there is a holiday market. It’s not far from Pittsburgh at all.

Holiday Market at Market Square: This festive Downtown Pittsburgh public square turns into Christkindlmarkts. Vendors, food, music, plus a lot of lights fill the area.

PPG Place: From gingerbread houses to a display of Santas from around the world, you’ll want to add this to your Downtown Pittsburgh trip to Market Square. There’s live music and horse-drawn carriage rides, too. Oh, and did I mention the ice rink at PPG Place is much larger (maybe twice the size?) of Rockefeller Center in NYC.

Carnegie Trees and Presepio: Ever been to the Carnegie Museum of Art’s “exquisite Italian nativity scene” and Christmas Tree display? The 18th-century Neapolitan nativity scene is a rare piece in the United States. And this year’s tree display theme is “Beloved Children’s Books” and features trees inspired by “The Cat in the Hat,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Jungle Book,” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s ‘The Nutcracker’: This version of “The Nutcracker” offers some Pittsburgh landmarks. It runs through most of the month.

Have a favorite thing to do each holiday season around the Pittsburgh region? Share it in the comments (and be sure to provide a link if one is available).

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