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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.

Pittsburgh’s Holiday Market at Market Square

Here are all the details of the Holiday Market at Pittsburgh’s Market Square.

Dates, hours

Updated, extended hours:

The Holiday Market at Market Square will now close for the season at 9 p.m. Dec. 22. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership made the decision because of the impending weather system headed toward the region.

Extended Hours Dec. 18-24
Sunday, Dec. 18: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 19, to Thursday, Dec. 22: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 23: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 24: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m

Nov. 18 to Dec. 17
Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Season vendors

  • 837 North
  • Bali Made
  • Cha-Ching Coin Jewelry
  • CinnaRoast
  • Copper Coast Confections
  • Diana Kauffman Designs
  • Euro Haus
  • European Folk Art
  • Focha Store [NEW for 2022]
  • Garbella and KLoRebel Art Co.
  • Global Girl Gifts
  • Helmut’s Strudel
  • Himala Home
  • I See Spain
  • Käthe Wohlfahrt
  • Kenyan Craft Connection
  • Keystone Steel Co.
  • Linda Barnicott Art & Gifts
  • Love, Pittsburgh
  • Old German Christmas
  • PachaMama Divine Connection
  • Pittsburgh Irish Festival Celtic Gift Shoppe
  • Pittsburgh Pottery
  • Pop Up in Pittsburgh
  • R Wine Cellar
  • Strawberryluna + Worker Bird
  • Vessel Studio Glass
  • Wagman Designs
  • Wendell August Forge
  • Women of the Cloud Forest

Visting vendors

  • Songbird Artistry (Nov. 18-23)
  • MP Pinecone Designs (Nov. 25-30) [NEW for 2022]
  • Treksalot (Nov. 25 to Dec. 1) [NEW for 2022]
  • JP Diroll Photography (Dec. 2-9)
  • Stories Like Me (Dec. 2-14)
  • Three Rivers Hammocks (Dec. 10-24) [NEW for 2022]
  • Chocoparadise (15-24) [NEW for 2022]

Merry Karaoke

5-9 p.m., Nov. 18

People have a chance to sing holiday tunes in exchange for a restaurant gift card worth up to $500.

Register here. Walk-ups available for open slots.

Seasonal entertainment

Live performances held during the week at lunchtime, weekday happy hours and throughout the day on weekends.