Here are some Pittsburgh-area holiday events you should see

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. 8.

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 and Advent Market: 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: Downtown Pittsburgh’s public square turns into Christkindlmarkts. Vendors, food, music, plus a lot of lights fill the area. You’ll want to check out Linda Barnicott, Pittsburgh Pottery and JP Driscoll Photography — just a few of my favorite vendors there!

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 (try 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. This year’s theme is a first of its kind for the annual event — a collaboration with 57th Carnegie International artist Karen Kilimnik.

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

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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