Category Archives: Horne’s

Downtown Pittsburgh holiday season must-dos

Missed Light Up Night? Still want that selfie with all the trees? Check out these spots to hit on a fun “holiday day” in Downtown Pittsburgh! See the map below. These are listed in no particular order so that you can customize your own holiday fun!

Downtown Pittsburgh

  • See the Horne’s tree. Yes, it’s now called the Highmark Tree, formerly the Unity Tree (that name needs to come back. Maybe Highmark Unity Tree). This is the crème de la crème of Pittsburgh holiday season decorations. The tree beautifully sparkles at the corner of Stanwix and Penn along the corner of the former flagship Horne’s department store building. While decorated windows and shopping no longer exist here, the tree can serve as a great backdrop for that holiday season selfie!
    • Tip: Stand near the Pittsburgh Regional Transit’s Gateway Station for a fuller shot of the tree.
  • Shop the Holiday Market at Market Square. Find more than 30 artisans and vendors at Pittsburgh’s mini version of a German Christmas market, complete with adorable chalets. Local artists, such as Linda Barnicott, display everything from ornaments to paintings, and other artisans have wearables (gloves, sweaters, hats), edibles (baked goods and more), smellables (is this even a word?) (candles) and more. While at Market Square, check out the dazzling lights, sphere tree and entertainment.
  • Get a group photo with the large ornament at K&L Gates Center. The huge red ornament is up! Check it out in front of the main entrance to K&L Gates Center at 210 Sixth Ave.
  • See the 107th Pittsburgh Christmas tree. Check out the ornaments depicting each of the city’s neighborhoods.
  • Skate at PPG Place. This rink is larger than New York City’s Rockefeller Center! Enjoy the PPG Place tree and ice rink before or after dinner. Check out details and prices here. Not an ice skater? Stop by for a selfie of the dazzling tree with all of its colorful designs!
  • Visit the Pittsburgh creche. It’s the only authorized replica of the creche at the Vatican. That’s a big deal for Catholics.
  • Visit Point State Park to see the snowflakes. After more than 30 years, Duquesne Light turned off the lights of the recognizable tree at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s three rivers. A new display is expected in 2024, but in the interim, Duquesne Light gave the Point some holiday flare.
  • Spot the Pittsburgh area landmarks at the Carnegie Science Center train display. Popular Pittsburgh area landmarks — Kaufmann’s building, Mister Rogers’ house, etc. — dot the landscape of this adorable train display. Don’t rush through it — watch day turn to nighttime! Also, while at the science center, check out the holiday laser lights show. Admission is required for the science center.
  • See Santa Downtown. Check out Santa’s schedule and give him a visit.

The ultimate guide to Pittsburgh Light Up Night 2022

Pittsburgh Light Up Night 2022 marks 61 years since Pittsburgh first held a holiday-themed light up event. (In 1959, the city held its first light up event to celebrate the Pirates.)

This is your ultimate guide to doing ALL THE THINGS for Pittsburgh Light Up Night 2021! SHARE and BOOKMARK this page.

Remember: Pittsburgh Light Up Night is on Saturday, Nov. 19, this year. Some events do take place Friday, Nov. 18.

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Friday, Nov. 18

Santa’s House at Heinz Hall Courtyard

Visit Santa’s House at the Heinz Hall Courtyard. Get photos with Santa, and share your wish list with Santa.

Noon to 3, 4-7 p.m.

PPG Place

9 a.m. — Spirits of Giving from Around the World exhibit opens at PPG Place. The 16 life-sized Santas are on display in the windows of Two PPG Place along Fourth Avenue.
11 a.m. to midnight — Public skating opens at UPMC Rink at PPG Plaza
4:45 p.m. — RMU Island Sports figure skating show
5 p.m. — East End Kids performance
5:30 p.m. — American Cancer Society’s Tribute of Light Ceremony
6 p.m. — UPMC Ultimate Holiday Tree Lighting
6:15 p.m. — LED baton twirling performance
9 p.m. — Big Blitz Band concert

Market Square

Market Square Christmas tree with Fifth Avenue Place in the background

11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. — Peoples Gas Holiday Market grand opening
11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live music on the stage
5 p.m. — “Pittsburgh Today Live” singers
5:30 to 9 p.m. — Merry Karaoke

Allegheny County Courthouse

Noon — Allegheny County Courthouse Tree lighting ceremony in the courtyard

U.S. Steel Tower Plaza

Noon — Blessing and opening of the Pittsburgh Crèche


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Saturday, Nov. 19

Tree lightings, other ceremonies, fun, fireworks

5 p.m. — City of Pittsburgh Tree Lighting with Zambelli rooftop fireworks at the City-County Building; see the 20th annual Gingerbread House Display & Competition

5 p.m. — Prantl’s 1-ton Horne’s Tree replica cake at 2 Gateway Center! This 8-foot-tall burnt almond torte will honor a throwback to Pittsburgh holidays — a replica of the Horne’s Tree! Take selfies with the cake. Slices will be available on Sunday, with proceeds benefitting the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

6 p.m. — Highmark Christmas (Horne’s) Tree lighting with Zambelli rooftop fireworks at Stanwix Street and Penn Avenue

9:30 p.m. — Xfinity Fireworks Spectacular with “supersized” Zambelli finale, Allegheny Overlook on Fort Duquesne Boulevard

Music and entertainment

Highmark Main Stage (Horne’s Tree)
Stanwix Street and Penn Avenue
12 – 5 p.m. — Ultimate Disney Tribute Band
5:30 – 6 p.m. — Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers
6 p.m. — Highmark Christmas Tree lighting with Zambelli rooftop fireworks
6:20 – 6:50 p.m. — Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers
7:30 – 9 p.m. — Royce

Xfinity Riverside Stage
Fort Duquesne Boulevard and Sixth Street
4 to 6 p.m. — Orange Music, featuring Isaiah Small
6:30 to 7:45 p.m. — Mr. Smalls All-Star Rolling Stones Tribute
8:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
9:30 p.m. — Xfinity Fireworks Spectacular with “supersized” Zambelli grand finale

Sounds of the Season Stage
Market Square
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Wild Blue Yonder
2:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. — Paging Dr. Moon
5:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Con Alma presents Live Jazz

Cultural District Stage
Penn Avenue and Seventh Street
2 to 3:30 p.m. — Miss Freddye
4 to 5 p.m. — Sierra Sellers
5:30 p.m. — Pickup Line

City of Pittsburgh Grant Street Stage
414 Grant St.
4 to 5 p.m. — Ben & Friends
5 p.m. — City-County Building tree lighting with Zambelli rooftop fireworks
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — River City Brass and Santa’s arrival
7 to 7:45 p.m. — CAPA Jazz Band
7:45 to 8 p.m. — Salvation Army Band
8 p.m. — Light show

Oxford Center Stage
301 Grant St.
5:45 to 9 p.m. — Holiday music by Scott and Rosanna
5:45 p.m. — Tree lighting ceremony and Santa’s arrival
6 to 9 p.m. — Visit with Santa