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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.”


Where’s Santa? Find Santa near you in 2022!

Where’s Santa? There’s so much going on this holiday season, so we’re here to help you find a place to meet Santa. This list only includes locations for multiple days. One day events are not listed.

This is an incomplete list as Santa is everywhere!

Santa in Downtown Pittsburgh

Location: Heinz Hall Courtyard (new location for 2022)
Dates: Nov.18 to Dec. 23
Wednesdays through Fridays from noon to 3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.
Light Up Night: Noon to 4 p.m.
Black Friday: Noon to 8 p.m.
Saturdays: Noon to 8 p.m.
Sundays: Noon to 6 p.m.
Free with a suggested $10 donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. You and your family or friends can get a photo with Santa!

Santa at The Mall at Robinson

Nov. 18 to Dec. 24
Mondays to Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 4 to 7 p.m.
Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 3 to 6 p.m.

Sensitive Santa visits: Reservations required
Nov. 20: 9-11 a.m.
Nov. 27: 9-11 a.m.

Paws with Claus Pet Family Night: Reservations required
Dec. 4: 6-8 p.m.

The Mall at Robinson recommends making a reservation to see Santa. More details here.

Santa at Kennywood Park’s Holiday Lights

Begins Nov. 19 (on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays before Christmas Eve)
Visit with Santa during Holiday Lights. On select nights, add on a dinner with Santa before Holiday Lights begins. More details here.

Photos with Santa at South Hills Village

Nov. 17 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

Nov. 23 through Dec. 24
Reservations are recommended but not required. More details here.

Photos with Santa at Beaver Valley Mall

Dec. 1-24
Reservations are requested. Walk-ins are accepted as time permits. More details here.

Photos with Santa at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills

Dec. 1-24
Reservations are requested. Walk-ins are accepted as time permits. More details here.

Santa at Millcreek Mall

Nov. 19 to Dec. 24
Santa will be at the mall’s center court. More details here.

Santa at Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center

Five days between Nov. 25 and Dec. 24
Visit with Santa and see Pittsburgh history. More details here.