The Ultimate Pittsburgh Holiday Bucket List

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You better believe we are excited for the return of the holiday season! From drinking hot chocolate, to ice skating and everything in between, we’re thrilled to experience all of the fun activities that come with this time of year. See how many you can check off!

Holiday Bucket List

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If you’re anything like me, then your favorite color must be Christmas lights! It’s truly a magical experience to see thousands of dazzling lights illuminate the night sky. From Pittsburgh classics like Kennywood Park’s light display, to the second annual Zoo Lights Drive-Thru to the brand new Dasher’s Lightshow at the Pittsburgh Mills, there’s no shortage of displays this year! Check out our list of Holiday Lights in Pittsburgh and be sure to download our interactive light map!

DYK that the UPMC Ice Rink at PPG Place is actually larger than the ice at Rockefeller Center? Surrounded by PPG Buildings on all sides with lights reflecting off of the glass facade, the view is truly jaw dropping. Plus, you can check off two items on your bucket list in one trip to Market Square by visiting the People’s Gas Holiday Market just steps away! And if you don’t want to deal with the Downtown traffic, don’t worry, simply click here to find an ice rink in your neck of the woods! 

Holiday Hours (Nov 19–Jan 9)
Sunday–Thursday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Friday–Saturday | 11:00am–Midnight

Special Holiday Hours
Thanksgiving | Nov 25 | 11:00am–10:00pm
Christmas Eve | Dec 24 | 11:00am–10:00pm
Christmas Day | Dec 25 | 11:00am–10:00pm
New Year’s Eve | Dec 31 | 11:00am–Midnight
New Year’s Day | Jan 1 | 11:00am–Midnight

Winter Hours (Jan 10–Feb 27)
Monday-Thursday | 11:00am–3:00pm & 6:00pm–10:00pm
Friday–Saturday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–8:00pm

Special 2022 Winter Holiday Hours
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day | Jan 17 | 11:00am–10:00pm
President’s Day | Feb 21 | 11:00am–10:00pm

🎟 Adults | $11.00$12.00
🎟 Children (12 & under) | $10.00–$11.00
🎟 Seniors (50 & up) | $10.00–$11.00
🎟 Discounts for Military members & first responders available with ID
🎟 Skate Rental | $5.00–$6.00

📍PPG Place

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Part of the magic of the holiday season is showing your loved ones how much they are cared for. Take that love one step further by purchasing them a present from a holiday market! Each market features local vendors selling handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces! Some of our favs include the People’s Gas Holiday Market and the Handmade Arcade. The best part is that there’s a holiday market in Pittsburgh just about every weekend from now through December! 

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📷 Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

See the Winter Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory ✅

The theme of this year’s Holiday Magic show at Phipps Conservatory is “Sparkle and Shine” and they DEF deliver on that! Brand new displays will juxtapose classic ones such as the topiary animal display, orbs and more! And after a brief hiatus last year, Phipps is excited to bring back the Winter Light Garden! 

Event Details
🗓 Nov 15–Jan 9 | 9:30am–11:00pm
🎟 $19.95 | Adult
🎟 $17.95 | Students & Seniors
🎟 11.95 | Child
📍Phipps Conservatory 

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📷 Shadyside Nursery

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, How lovely are your branches! Let’s be honest, it’s not about what’s under the Christmas tree, it’s about whose gathered around it. BUT it certainly helps when you have a stunning tree to gather around and the smell of fresh balsam just adds to the holiday charm!  Some of our favorite places to buy live Christmas trees are listed out here, as well as, a downloadable map to help you find the most perfect tree! So make like Clark Griswold and find the BIGGEST tree you possible can!

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📷 Miracle on Liberty

Who doesn’t love being surrounded by thousands of holiday decorations with a drink in their hand? Sing along to your all-time fav Christmas carols, gulp down a festive drink and immerse yourself in all of the holiday pop up bars in Pittsburgh! Miracle on Liberty is the OG of all holiday-themed bars in the Burgh and they’re excited to get you into the spirit, if ya know what I mean! But that’s not all, there are TONS of holiday-themed pop up bars all over the city, see how many you can visit before the szn is over (we even have a map to help you find them all)! 

Event Details
🗓 Nov 26–Dec 31 | 4:00pm–11:00pm
🎟 Free | No reservations
📍705 Liberty Ave

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We want to see how many activities you complete this year! Tag a picture of your completed bucket list and tag us using #stufftodoinpittsburgh. For additional holiday fun, simply search #MerryU in our app for all of the best events!

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Happy Holidays!

Britta Moletz

Britta Moletz

Britta is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, subscribe to our email, and follow us on social!