It's one of our favorite family nights in Pittsburgh! Bundle warm, pack some snacks and head out to enjoy our city at Light Up Night!
We love stopping at Fifth Avenue Place because it's a great place to warm up in the cold, there's fun activities for kids, indoor bathrooms (🙆) and a food court so you have multiple options. Not that anyone's kids might have a difference in opinion for dinner. 😜
Here is what's happening at Fifth Avenue Place:
Friday, November 17
Light Up Night
The Shops and Food Court will be open until 9 p.m. with select eateries open later
5 – 9 p.m. Fifth Avenue FREEZE Liberty Avenue & Stanwix Street
Visit Pittsburgh’s very own Winter Wonderland at the Fifth Avenue FREEZE! Discover a shimmering display featuring Arctic Ice Animals welcoming the Holidays! Get up close and snap photos with our Ice Polar Bear, Reindeer, Arctic Dog Sled and more. And enjoy live ice carving shows by award winning master ice carver Rich Bubin of Ice Creations.
5 – 9 p.m. Family Fun & Festivities Fifth Avenue Place
· Catch up with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and create your own Northern Lights Landscape to illuminate your way throughout downtown.
· Show your holiday spirit with a commemorative Airbrush Tattoo.
· Enjoy festive balloon art.
· Get in the holiday spirit with live musical performances by the:
Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet 4:30p – 6:30p
Cross/Current 7:00p – 9:00p
7 – 7:15 p.m. Unity Tree Lighting Corner of Penn Avenue & Stanwix Avenue
Join one of Pittsburgh’s best known neighbors, Mr. McFeely, for a traditional countdown & splash of fireworks to kick off the official lighting of the historic UNITY TREE!
Ever since we moved in Pittsburgh in 2009, enjoying festivities in Downtown Pittsburgh has always been one our family's highlights! Holiday KidsPlay, Free horse-drawn carriage rides, the ice rink, Gingerbread House Displays, Peoples Gas Holiday Market and Santa's House are all part of the fun!! Go here to find more light up night events. Fireworks will end the night at 9:30PM!
Whether you are able to attend Light Up Night or not, there will be plenty of other times to enjoy the holiday festivities!
Saturdays November 18 – December 23
& Friday November 24
Every Saturday FREE Fifth Avenue Place Holly Trolley
11 a.m. – 5 p.m Discover all the sights and sounds of the holiday season in downtown Pittsburgh aboard the FREE Fifth Avenue Place Holly Trolley. Hosted by Santa’s little helpers, trolleys circle downtown each weekend picking up at stops approximately every 15 minutes
Saturdays, November 25 – December 16
Creation Stations - FREE Family Fun with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Saturday, November 25
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Holidays in Paradise
Yes, there really “is” a Santa Claus and you’ll find him at Fifth Avenue Place. Stop by after the parade, meet Santa in person straight from the North Pole and receive a special Surprise! One of Santa’s favorite helpers, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, will be on hand with holidays in paradise workshops where children can craft their very own holiday colored leis and pineapple pine cone ornaments. Display the colors of the season with creative face painting.
Saturday, December 2
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Under the Palms
Reflect upon the warmth of the holidays under the palms with The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh by creating a palm tree Christmas tree and tropical leaves wreath. Visit for story time and enjoy holiday classics as read by Mrs. Claus and be amazed as magician Chris Handa brings holiday magic to life!
Saturday, December 9
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Surf’s Up Saturday
Join cheerful elves for surfs up Saturday from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and design surfboard Christmas trees. Showcase your talent and create your very own flip flop ornament. Capture the seasonal spirit with a keepsake caricature.
Saturday, December 16
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Flamingo fun
Design one-of-a-kind flamingo snow globes and finger puppets with The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Show off your holiday spirit with a fun face painting and catch up with everyone’s favorite elf for creative balloon art.
Friday, November 24 – Friday, December 22
Monday – Friday Holiday Lunchtime Concerts
12 p.m Daily Live musical performances from some of Pittsburgh’s favorite artists bring the sounds of the season to life during the always entertaining Lunchtime Concert Series.
Friday-November 24: Featured performer The Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet
Friday, November 24 – Saturday, December 23
After 4 p.m. Weekdays Holiday Parking Validation
All Day Saturdays Enjoy FREE Parking with any $20 Fifth Avenue Place retail purchase in the Fifth Avenue Place Garage on Evenings(enter after 4pm) and Weekends.
See Stores for Details • Limit: One Per Person
This post sponsored by Fifth Avenue Place. All opinions remain my own. I don't endorse activities that my own family doesn't love!