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PPG Place gentrifies gingerbread displays. But here’s where you can find them this year.

After 16 years, PPG Place has gentrified the gingerbread neighborhood.

Highwoods Properties, the company that manages PPG Place, announced early this year that it would not be the home of the annual gingerbread displays.

Their reason? They wanted to profit off of the Wintergarden through private rentals.

So the gingerbread displays, Santas and that beautiful tree are gone.

But all is not lost.

The City of Pittsburgh stepped in to save the gingerbread displays! They will be on display at the City-County Building lobby. So you’ll be able to see the big tree and the displays!

The displays will officially be showcased Nov. 22 through Jan. 3. It’s open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

On Nov. 27, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, the display will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Also, take note: Guests of the City-County Building are subject to a “light security screening,” the city’s website says. “Visitation outside of official hours will require guests to provide photo identification at the building’s Ross Street entrance.”

Of note, the city site and PPG Place site each offer different hours for the display. What’s written above is from the city’s site as of Nov. 21.

PPG Place’s “Spirits of Giving From Around the World” also was gentrified but will remain on-site at PPG Place. Except, they’ll not be displayed in the lobbies of One PPG and Two PPG.

The free carriage rides remain.

And you can still skate around the rink.

Pittsburgh’s ‘sinkhole bus’ featured as gingerbread display

Well, that famous “sinkhole bus” from a few weeks ago in Pittsburgh will be part of the City of Pittsburgh’s gingerbread display at the City-County Building. Port Authority loved it so much, they offered the artist a one-week bus pass!

By the way, the gingerbread display will be at the City-County Building this year. The folks at PPG Place booted the display because they wanted to use the Wintergarden space for private event rentals. More on It’s Christmas 365 about that coming in a few days!