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Pittsburgh’s First Night celebration includes giant inflatable rabbits, Byron Nash and lots of art

Ring in the new year in Downtown Pittsburgh with First Night Pittsburgh.

In its 28th year (and 19th as part of the Cultural Trust), First Night Pittsburgh offers a variety of arts-focused events to help usher in 2022.

For the first time, First Night Pittsburgh is FREE.

The events will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight in the 14-block area of the Cultural District.

The highlight of the event — aside from fireworks, of course — will be the three gigantic, illuminated rabbits that will be in the 8th Street block of the Cultural District. The largest will be 50 feet tall With the largest measuring 50 feet tall.

What’s planned? There’s a “sing-off competition” and performances by Byron Nash, Julz Powell and Justin Brown of The Byron Nash Trio, magic, visual art, comedy, dance and, of course, the Future of Pittsburgh Grand Finale at midnight.

Look for ice carvings, Steeltown Fire, ZUZU African Acrobats, Siegfried Tieber, Suzanne Lawrence, puppet making, the Pittsburgh CLO Seasons of Love event, soul line dancing and more.

Here is a list of all of the events planned.

Can’t make it or want to cozy up on the couch all night? KDKA-TV will air a special from 11 p.m. until after the fireworks display.

If you are going: Tickets are required for some indoor events.

Regarding the health and safety of patrons, performers, organizers and staff, all Cultural Trust events provide a mask-friendly environment. Masks are required for all indoor spaces. Vaccination proof is required for ticketed events inside Cultural Trust venues.

Final chance to see Santa before Christmas!

We’re in the home stretch! Here are your FINAL chances to see Santa around Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania before Christmas Day! Check location websites or call ahead to ask about COVID-19 policies.

Santa Zoom at Market Square
This event continues weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. through Dec. 23.
Free with a suggested $5 donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. You and your family or friends can video chat with Santa as he prepares for Christmas!

Santa Magic at The Mall at Robinson
Continues through Dec. 24.
The Mall at Robinson recommends making a reservation to see Santa. More details here.

Photos with Santa at South Hills Village
Continues through Dec. 24.
Make reservations and see the full schedule here.

Photos with Santa at Ross Park Mall
Continues through Dec. 24
Make reservations and see the full schedule here.

Santa’s Workshop at Monroeville Mall
Continues through Dec. 24.
Reservations are recommended but not required. More details here.

Photos with Santa at Beaver Valley Mall
Continues through Dec. 24.
Reservations are requested. Walk-ins are accepted as time permits. More details here.

Photos with Santa at The Terminal in Pittsburgh’s Strip District
Continues through Dec. 24.
Reservations are requested. Walk-ins are accepted as time permits. More details here.

Photos with Santa at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills
Continues through Dec. 24.
Reservations are requested. Walk-ins are accepted as time permits. More details here.

Photos with Santa at Millcreek Mall
Continues through Dec. 24.
More details here.