Category Archives: Gift giving

Celebrate the holidays with Eat’n Park’s famous Christmas tree star

The holiday season amps up even more when the Eat’n Park Christmas tree star commercial runs.

Usually during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, too.

If you’re from Western Pennsylvania, you know what I mean.

The adorable little star trying to make its way to the top of the tree, only to miss the mark each time. Then, the tree, itself, gives the star an assist by bending itself down.

And, just like that, Christmas magic!

All the warm and fuzzies. Christmas happy tears.

The story of the tree and star began in 1982 when then-CEO Jim Broadhurst asked the company’s ad agency at the time to come up with a holiday ad that would “last for 20 years,” Eat’n Park says.

Safe to say, the commercial is the gift that keeps on giving, entering its 39th holiday season! (Read more about the star story here.)

Eat’n Park has latched onto the hearts and memories of Western Pennsylvanians and now offers everything from shirts via Steel City Brand (I own like three of these shirts — of the same design) and Eat’n Park’s store (red long, blue long, youth sizes) to video call backgrounds, phone backgrounds and even an Instagram tree/star filter!!

You can get face masks, a mug, a flipbook and gift cards with the tree!

You can go old-school and print and color the tree, too!

If you haven’t seen the commercial yet or just want to watch it again and again and again, here you go:

And, if you are wondering, no, this is not a sponsored post. The Eat’n Park Christmas tree and star are loved so dearly.

Pittsburgh area Hanukkah celebrations — including a ‘Grand Chanukah Chocolate Gelt Drop’

Many Hanukkah celebrations have returned to in-person events. Here is a list of some of the Pittsburgh area’s Hanukkah celebrations. Be sure to look for registration information and COVID-19 policies, as necessary, on links provided.

  • Chabad of Squirrel Hill menorah lighting, 4 p.m. Nov. 28, corner of Beacon Street and Murray Avenue
  • Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh’s virtual menorah lighting, 5:38 p.m. Nov. 28
  • Temple Ohav Shalom menorah lighting: 5 p.m. Nov. 28 at McCandless Crossing on McKnight Road
  • Downtown Pittsburgh menorah lighting, 5 p.m. Nov. 29 at the City-County Building on Grant Street in Pittsburgh
  • Grand Menorah Parade and Chanukah Celebration in Squirrel Hill: Parade begins at 5 p.m. Nov. 30. Festival begins at 6 p.m.
  • Virtual Latke Skillshare, 6 p.m. Nov. 30: Pittsburgh Repair and 412 Food Rescue will gather virtually to discuss using food scraps to make latkes, talk about food justice and enjoy Hanukkah treats together virtually.
  • Chabad of the South Hills menorah lighting and Fire & Ice festival and Grand Chanukah Chocolate Gelt Drop: 5 p.m. Dec. 1, Dormont Pool
  • Beth El Congregation’s Chanukah Extravaganza: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1.
  • JCC’s Chanukah Celebration, Light Up Night 7, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4: Crafts, Havdalah, candle lighting. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be distributed through the Christian Church of Wilkinsburg. Accepting toys for all ages and interests. The celebration is free and open to all. Registration and COVID-19 information listed here.

Free & Open to All

  • Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Chanukah Bash: Event held at Iron City Circus Arts, 8 p.m. Dec. 4. Event features a doughnut station and aerialists.

Learn more about Hanukkah here.