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Celebrate the holidays with these Western Pa. holiday celebrations

From Pittsburgh to Beaver, Greensburg and Erie, find a special holiday light up celebration near you.

These towns evoke a very Hallmark Channel holiday movie feeling. Check as many of these events — from small towns like Beaver and Carnegie to bigger cities like Pittsburgh and Erie, and everything in between.

And if you miss the actual light up celebration, you didn’t miss the lights! Stroll the streets of these business districts, grab a hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and take in all of the sights and sounds.

Pittsburgh Light Up Night

Saturday, Nov. 19

Pittsburgh will kick off the holiday season with the annual Light Up Night event.

Events will include tree lightings, music, entertainment and the Holiday Market in Market Square. Plus, there will be gingerbread displays at the City-County Building.

The Holiday Market at Market Square will open Nov. 18 and will run daily through Christmas Eve (except for Thanksgiving).

The tree and rink at PPG Place will celebrate with a ceremony on Nov. 18. The event features the East End Kids, figure skaters and a ceremony with the American Cancer Society.

Hermitage Holiday Light Parade

The Hermitage Holiday Light Parade is Nov. 19.

The event begins with fireworks at 5:40 p.m. and will be visible from the parade route.

The Merry Xmas Mile begins at 5:50 p.m.

The parade begins at 6 p.m. and marches along East State Street toward Route 18.

Steubenville Lights Up the Night

3-9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22

  • 3 p.m. — Steubenville Nutcracker Village opens
  • 4 p.m. — Holiday Market opens
  • 5:30 p.m. — Brenda Casey Dancers perform on the stage at the Berkman Amphitheater
  • 5:30 p.m. — Mr. & Mrs. Claus arrive
  • 6:15 p.m. — Blessing of the Tree, music by Tom Graham
  • 6:25 p.m. — Light up and fireworks; Jefferson County Courthouse Light Show
  • 6:45 p.m. — Music with the Ron Retzer Trio

McDonald Light Up Night

6 p.m., Nov. 23

Beaver Light-Up Festival

5-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 25

Beaver, Pennsylvania, hosts its annual Light-Up Festival, which includes a parade to welcome Santa, plus carriage rides, live entertainment and fireworks.

Light Up Nemacolin

6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 25; Located at the Chateau Terrace

Available to overnight guests and members

Snap a photo with Santa, sip hot cocoa, have breakfast with Santa the next morning, sing holiday favorites with the carolers, gather the family for a gingerbread house workshop, surprise and delight with a Bedtime Elf Visit for the kids.

Butler’s Spirit of Christmas Parade

5:30 p.m., Nov. 26

Butler’s annual holiday parade to usher in the season.

Canonsburg’s Old Fashioned Christmas

Dec. 2 and 3

Canonsburg’s event is recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s most “Hallmark movie-esque” locations. This two-day event includes a tree lighting ceremony, kids activities, gingerbread houses, train display, the Grinch, food truck court, parade.


Erie’s Downtown D’Lights

5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2

Celebrate the lighting of Perry Square with music and other events.

Sewickley Light Up Night

5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2

Celebrate the holidays in Sewickley with live music, entertainment and lights.

Christmas in Coraopolis

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3

Cookie sales, food trucks, music and Santa.

Moon Lights Holiday Festival

5-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3

The event will feature performances by local dancers and musicians, a handbell choir, food trucks, craft vendors, a live caricature artist and Santa Claus.

Santa will ride into Moon Park on a firetruck at 5:30 p.m. and light the tree at the Rotary Pavilion. Following the lighting of the tree, Santa will be available for photos and visits with children and families. Be sure to bring your letters for Santa to drop in his mailbox.

Greensburg’s Luminary Night

Dec. 1

Stroll the luminaria-lined streets of Downtown Greensburg, shopping at shops of Greensburg and get into the Christmas Spirit! Visit Winter Wonderland and see Santa at the library; see the tree in the parklet, enjoy children’s activities and drop your letters to Santa in the mailbox; take a carriage ride, and many other activities.

Christmas in Carnegie

1-9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17

Santa and holiday inflatables will be in East Main Parking lot from 1-3 p.m. Then, Santa will be taking pictures with pets at Quantum Spirits from 4-6 p.m. Other events include music and caroling.