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‘Not so’ fake Pittsburgh Christmas parade returns

Pittsburgh has not had a proper Christmas parade since 2019, when WPXI produced what would become the last holiday season parade in Pittsburgh, ending a nearly 40-year tradition that first began with Kaufmann’s Department Store.

But fear not: The fine folks behind YaJagoff Media are back with another Pittsburgh-centric holiday parade that’s not a parade: “The Not Your Average Holiday Parade N’at, YaJagoff.”

This year’s “not so fake” holiday parade will be held at The Block Northway, McKnight Road Babcock Boulevard in Ross Township, on from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3.

Erika Jay and Monica of Pittsburgh radio station Q92.9 will serve as roving reporters, making their way to each tent for interviews.

YaJagoff’s Rachael and John will narrate the parade-like happenings from the back of a Rohrich pickup truck. The entire event will be livestreamed on YaJagoff, as well as the Q92.9 Facebook pages, thanks to Sorgatron Media.

The event will feature entertainment from the Steel City Ukuleles, Mark Ferrari and Ashley Marina, plus performances from dance and performance troupes, and appearances by Pittsburgh personalities including KDKA-TV’s Ray Petelin. The Moonshot Museum is also listed as a participant.

Oh, and, of course, the parade-like event will feature Santa Claus!

Each parade attraction will be stationed, and featured, at four stops in the parking lot under sponsored tents: Mancini’s Bakery, Millie’s Ice Cream, North Country Brewing and Screenmobile.

The event will be held at the main entrance of The Block Northway’s parking lot.

“It’s bigger and better this year, so, get in the holiday spirit,” YaJagoff co-owner John Chamberlin said in a news release. “Get up, worsh your face, and come join us, live or on Facebook.”


Western Pennsylvania’s 2022 holiday events calendar

Plan your holiday season with this epic Western Pennsylvania holiday happenings calendar.

As always, check with organizers before going, as times, events, dates, etc., might change.

If your event was missed or you know of an event missing, send a message.


Check with organizers on dates, hours, costs and other information. Some events spanning multiple days might be open on select dates.

Kraynak’s ChristmaslandThrough Dec. 31
Oglebay’s Festival of LightsBegins Nov. 10
The Strand Theater presents “White Christmas”Nov. 11-20
Santa at Ross Park MallBegins Nov. 11
Light Up NorwinNov. 17
“A Drag Queen Christmas”Nov. 17
Elizabeth Boro Light-Up NightNov. 17
Santa at South Hills VillageNov. 17-Dec. 24
Overlys Country ChristmasBegins Nov. 17
Oakland’s GlowlandNov. 18-Dec. 17
Holiday Market at Market Square opens for the seasonBegins Nov . 18
American Cancer Society Tribute of Light, PPG Place tree lightingNov. 18
Santa at The Mall at RobinsonNov.18-Dec. 24
Santa in Downtown PittsburghNov.18-Dec. 23
Winter Lights Illumination NightNov. 18
Merry Karaoke at Market SquareNov. 18
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents “Elf in Concert”Nov. 18
Holiday Lights on the Lake at Lakemont Park (Altoona)Nov. 18-Jan.8
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Winter Flower ShowBegins Nov. 18
Symphony Splendor: Holiday Fantasy TourNov. 18-27
Hilltop Holiday Town at North Hills High School (Ross Township)Nov. 18
Santa’s First Stop (Cranberry Township, Butler County)Nov. 18
Pittsburgh Arts & Crafts Holiday SpectacularNov. 18-20
Shadrack’s Christmas WonderlandBegins Nov. 18
Pittsburgh Light Up NightNov. 19
Pine Township’s Holiday DazzleNov. 19
I Made It! for the Holidays at The Block NorthwayNov. 19
Holiday Lights at Kennywood ParkBegins Nov. 19
Clinton Christmas Light-Up (Findlay Township)Begins Nov. 19
Hermitage Holiday Light ParadeNov. 19
Celebration of Lights at Settlers Ridge (Robinson Township)Nov. 19
Western PA Maker Market (Erie)Nov. 19
Oakmont’s Hometown Christmas & ParadeNov. 19
Santa at Kennywood Park’s Holiday LightsBegins Nov. 19
Santa at Millcreek Mall (Erie)Begins Nov. 19
Steubenville Lights Up the NightNov. 22
Steubenville Nutcracker Village opensBegins Nov. 22
All Aboard The Robinson Express (Mall at Robinson)Begins Nov. 23
McDonald Light Up NightNov. 23
Santa’s Workshop at Monroeville MallNov 23-Dec. 24
Beaver County Christmas ExtravaganzaNov. 24-Dec. 11 (select dates)
Fun Fore All’s Holiday Lights Mini GolfNov. 25-Jan. 1
“A Very Electric Christmas”Nov. 25
Festival of Trees (Erie)Nov. 25-27
Beaver Light-Up FestivalNov. 25
Light Up NemacolinNov. 25
Christmas at Port FarmsNov. 25
Santa Trolley at the Pennsylvania Trolley MuseumBegins Nov. 25
Pittsburgh Zoo’s Zoo Lights drive-thru eventBegins Nov. 25
“The Polar Express 3D” at the Carnegie Science CenterBegins Nov. 25
Santa at Pittsburgh’s Heinz History CenterBegins Nov. 25
Olde Fashioned Christmas at Lanterman’s MillNov. 26-27
“A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage”Nov. 26
Perry Square pop-up skating rink (Erie)Begins Nov. 26
Christmas In GuyasutaNov. 26
Butler’s Spirit of Christmas ParadeNov. 26
Zombek Christmas Display Light Up NightNov. 26
Holiday Market at South Park Township LibraryNov. 26
Dazzling Nights (Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in Collier)Nov. 27-Jan. 1
Crafts and Drafts Holiday Market (East End Brewing, Pittsburgh)Nov. 27
Christmas Tree Lighting at McCandless CrossingNov. 28
“Harry Connick, Jr. – A Holiday Celebration”Nov. 29
Pittsburgh Public Theater presents “A Christmas Story”Nov. 30-Dec. 18 23
(show was extended due to popularity!)
Presque Isle Lights (Erie)Begins Dec. 1
Asbury Woods Winter Wonderland (Erie)Begins Dec. 1
Miracle On Main Street (Zelienople)Dec. 1
Elf with Beer TastingDec. 1
53rd Annual Downtown Greensburg Luminary NightDec. 1
Beverly Brite Nite (Mt. Lebanon)Dec. 1
Victorian Holidays at Hagen History Center (Erie)Dec. 1-4
Holiday Mart at Sweetwater Center for the Arts (Sewickley)Dec. 1-11
Santa at Beaver Valley MallDec. 1-24
Santa at the Galleria at Pittsburgh MillsDec. 1-24
Canonsburg’s Old Fashioned ChristmasDec. 2, 3
Handmade Arcade Holiday MarketDec. 2, 3
“‘Tis the Season with The Beach Boys featuring The Holiday Vibrations Orchestra”Dec. 2
Erie’s Downtown D’LightsDec. 2
Sewickley Light Up NightDec. 2
Sewickley Public Library’s Light Up NightDec. 2
Youngstown Holiday Parade, Light-Up Night and Flea on PhelpsDec. 2
The Shoppes at Caste Village’s Light Up NightDec. 2
1940s Radio Hour Christmas CarolDec. 2
“Elf, The Musical” (Erie)Dec. 2-18
The Black Market: Holiday EditionBegins Dec. 3
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents “Handel’s Messiah”Dec. 3
Christmas in CoraopolisDec. 3
Moon Lights Holiday FestivalDec. 3
Quaker Valley Santa ParadeDec. 3
2nd Annual Driving Trail of Lights (Erie)
Home for the Holidays in Dormont 2022Dec. 3
Flagship Wonderland (Erie)Dec. 3
“Come Home for the Holidays: A Soulful Christmas” (Erie)Dec. 3
Light Up Bellevue!Dec. 3
Monessen Christmas ParadeDec. 3
Ohiopyle Winter MarketDec. 3
Country Christmas Light Up Night (Washington County, Pa.)Dec. 3
Light Up Green TreeDec. 3
Christmas in the Park (Townsend Park, New Brighton)Dec. 3
Deck the Paws (Animal Friends, Ohio Township)Dec. 3
Lighting #OperationGriswold (Erie)Begins Dec. 3
Brookline Lights UpDec. 3
“The Nutcracker” by West Point Ballet (Moon Township)Dec. 3, 4
Christmas at the Village (Old Economy Village, Ambridge)Dec. 3, 4
Christmas on the Farm at Freedom FarmsDec. 3, 4
Santa at the Station (Sewickley)Dec. 4
Oakmont Christmas Home TourDec. 4
Krampus Holiday Market (Monroeville Mall)Dec. 4
A Very Yinzer Christmas AlbumDec. 7
Merry Little Holiday Party (Washington Area Humane Society)Dec. 9
Pittsburgh CLO presents “A Musical Christmas Carol”Dec. 9-23
Baldwin Holiday FestivalDec. 9
Joy-Thru Fairview (South Fayette)Dec. 9
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents “Highmark Holiday Pops”Dec. 9-18
Allegheny County’s Holiday Laser Show at North ParkBegins Dec. 9
Holiday Market at the Meadville Market HouseDec. 10
Vintage Mart Holiday Special (Pittsburgh)Dec. 10
Mt. Lebanon Uptown Winter Market and Holiday CelebrationDec.10
Woodland Ridge Light-Up Night (Moon Township)Dec. 11 (6 p.m.)
Ken Gargaro’s “A Lyrical Christmas Carol”Dec. 13-18
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents “Holiday Brass Spectacular”Dec. 13
“Celtic Woman Christmas”Dec. 14
The Gilded Age: Victorian Holiday TraditionsDec. 14
Feel The Love – A Taylor Family Celebration (Beaver)Dec. 15
Feel The Love – A Taylor Family Celebration (Moon Township)Dec. 16-17
Holiday AWCommunity Day (August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Pittsburgh)Dec. 17
Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s ‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve: The Best of TSO” concertDec. 17
I Made It Market: Last-Minute Shopping (Strip District, Pittsburgh)Dec. 17
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents “Sensory Friendly Concert: Holiday Pops”Dec. 17
Christmas in CarnegieDec. 17
Santa expERIEnce (Erie)Dec. 17
Lake Erie Ballet Company’s “Erie’s Nutcracker Reimagined”Dec. 17-18
Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s Holiday ExtravaganzaDec. 18
“A Marie Osmond Symphonic Christmas”Dec. 20
Hyeholde’s Dickens’ Dinner A Christmas CarolDec. 20-23
Light Up Lebo 2022 (Mt. Lebanon)Dec. 24