pnc christmas light show 2018

PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo wins Best Zoo Lights across the U.S. get into the holiday spirit with their own festive seasonal displays. The Christmas Light Show returns for the 2019 Christmas season for its PNC Bank Arts Center, Garden State Parkway, Exit 116, Holmdel, NJ. Nothing beats a colorful display of Christmas lights to fill with you with holiday cheer. And so the PNC Bank Arts Center is all set to fill.

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Christmas light show brightens PNC Bank Arts Center


HOLMDEL - Nothing beats a colorful display of Christmas lights to fill with you with holiday cheer. And so the PNC Bank Arts Center is all set to fill you up.

The Magic of Lights Show winds through a mile of the parking lot at the amphitheater sitting off the Garden State Parkway, finishing at a holiday village. If you go on Dec. 27, a petting zoo will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. 

More: Three Shore Christmas stories guaranteed to make you smile

More: Christmas Eve store hours at the Jersey Shore for last-minute shoppers

More: Christmas tree shortage: This is why they're harder to find in 2018

Drivers can get advanced tickets for $20, or pay $25 Mondays through Thursdays and $30 Fridays through Sundays.

The show runs through Dec. 30, starting at dusk and ending at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information, visit magicoflights.com/newjersey.

 

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Holiday Light Shows Columbus Ohio

Columbus OhioLOVES Christmas lights! From free but amazing neighborhood displays, to immersive paid Columbus Christmas lights experiences, you’ll find plenty of holiday joy around the city with the best Christmas lights in Columbus. 

Every single year Columbus people unpack bundles of wires and plugs, climb up ladders, and decorate their Columbus homes with festive holiday lights. But then there are the professional Columbus Christmas light displays! Get the family together and head to the car for these amazing displays of Christmas lights in the Columbus, Ohio, area.

Each year our family looks forward to the tradition of seeing as many Christmas light displays as we can. This year seeing Christmas Lights will be a great socially distant activity and a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of the season! Here’s a list of Holiday Light Displays Around Columbus (and beyond) that you don’t want to miss!

Источник: https://dragonlightscolumbus.com/holiday-light-shows-columbus/

Last Updated on November 4, 2021 by Jeremy

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In Pittsburgh, the start of the holiday season is not ambiguous.

It is not after Halloween when department stores put out Christmas decorations (or do they do it before now?). It is not the day after Thanksgiving that many traditionally observe. It is also not the first snow sighting, December 1st, the fall time change, or any other arbitrary benchmark.

This one particular instance should not be up for debate, as the start of the Christmas season in Pittsburgh is Light Up Night- the Saturday before Thanksgiving. (Previously the Friday before Thanksgiving, but was moved to Saturday for 2021).

In this guide we want to share some of our favorite tips on how to get the most out of what is perhaps our favorite annual event in Pittsburgh!

Light Up Night Has Many Meanings

Christmas Tree at PPG Place

When thinking of the actual term Light Up Night, the celebration takes on several meanings.

Light Up Night is the day when all the Christmas lights are turned on in the city. During the festivities, most all skyscrapers and stadiums are lit up. And there are even fireworks shows that light up the skyline throughout the evening.

Pick whichever meaning you would like for Light Up Night, as this term covers them all!

The Highmark Unity Tree

Focusing on the lighting aspect of Light Up Night (what we believe is the real source of the name), there are actually several events throughout the day. Typically the following:

  • 12:00pm – The US Steel Nativity/Creche
  • 5:00pm – The City-County Building
  • 6:00pm – The lighting of the Highmark Unity Tree
  • 9:30pm – Celebratory Fireworks

Historically there have also been festivities at Point State Park beginning at 5:00pm for the Santa Spectacular, but we are unsure if this event will be returning in the future (presently is not scheduled for 2021). This event is technically not part of Light Up Night as they are operated by two different sponsors, but as they often occur simultaneously the lines between Light Up Night and the Santa Spectacular get a little blurred.

The Opening of Many Christmas Activities

Nativity Scene at US Steel Plaza, Pittsburgh

Going beyond the lighting ceremonies that occur throughout Light Up Night, the event marks the opening of Christmas displays in downtown Pittsburgh.

Market Square is transformed into a large Christmas Market with local and international vendors selling Christmas wares (pick up a Pittsburgh Christmas ornament while there!). The square at PPG Place is home to a large ice rink with a gorgeous tree in the middle. One and Two PPG Place features international Santa statues. The City-County Building features an array of gingerbread houses. And the US Steel Tower has a life-sized creche / nativity scene that is the only licensed replica of the one featured in Vatican City.

We could go on, but we think you get the idea that Christmas in Pittsburgh is a big deal, and it all begins with Light Up Night!

Live Music at Several Stages

Live Music at Light Up Night

Light Up Night also typically hosts three or four stages of performers each year, with sets taking place throughout the day and the headline act typically beginning at 8:30pm. In 2021, American Authors will be the headliner.

Two stages are typically found on Fort Duquesne Blvd between the sister bridges (which is also closed as a walking street), and two more stages are also often found a few blocks inward in downtown.

In addition, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra also hosts free live performances in thirty minute increments beginning at 6:30pm at Heinz Hall and most all of the event highlights (such as the Christmas Market in Market Square, PPG Place's ice rink) also have live music regularly throughout the evening.

Suffice it to say, there is no shortage of music during Light Up Night!

Plan to Enjoy the Fireworks Shows

Light Up Night Fireworks

It is never a true Pittsburgh event without fireworks, and Light Up Night traditionally hosts several fireworks shows during the festivities.

The first fireworks show is a short one during the tree lighting at the City-County Building. The second is a similarly short show that occurs right after the lighting of the Unity Tree at Penn Avenue Place (corner of Stanwix and Penn Avenue). These fireworks show are the shortest of the bunch by far (just a couple of minutes max) but are also fairly unique as they are launched off from the roof of the buildings!

The main fireworks show typically takes place around 9:30pm and is generally along the banks of the Allegheny River. Some years it has been located between the Warhol and Clemente Bridge, while in recent years the barge has been located between the Fort Duquesne Bridge and the Clemente Bridge due to construction on the bridges. This one is the grand finale and lasts roughly 30 minutes.

Light Up Night Fireworks

Light Up Night indeed!

So, How Would We Recommend Tackling it All?

Christmas Market in Pittsburgh

When it comes down to it, odds are good you won't be able to see everything at Light Up Night and you'll have to pick and choose what you want to see over the course of an evening.

If you live in the city and think you'll make it down to the Christmas festivities more than once in the season, then your interests may be more towards the special events, live music, and of course, the fireworks.

If you live further away and Light Up Night is your only chance of seeing the holiday decorations, you'll want to take in as much as the festivities as possible and may decide to shy away from the performances.

Santas at PPG Wintergarden during Christmas

In a perfect world, we would do the following in order to get a good cross-section of all the festivities Light Up Night has to offer!

  • 5:00pm: Explore the Christmas Market at Market Square, check out the Santas, and grab food from one of the many vendors.
  • 5:00pm (Optional Alternative): Watch the lighting ceremony at the City-County Building and enjoy the rooftop fireworks before exploring the gingerbread houses.
    • Odds are good you'll spend a lot of time at the two spots as they are always crowd favorites, but if you find yourself with a bit of time you should make a detour to see the creche at the US Steel Building or grab a cocktail at a downtown bar!
  • 6:00pm: Watch the lighting of the Unity Tree at Fifth Avenue Place and enjoy the brief rooftop fireworks.
  • 6:15pm: Listen to a few songs at the live music stages, watch the 7:30 performance from the PSO if you can get a seat (could be tricky), or grab a snack from a food vendor.
  • 8:00pm: Head to the music stage to listen to a few songs from the music acts, including the headliner.
  • 9:00pm: Cross either the Fort Duquesne Bridge via the pedestrian walkway or the Clemente Bridge and find a good spot on the North Shore River Trail for the fireworks.
  • 9:30pm: Enjoy the final fireworks show of the evening!

We will be the first to admit that the above schedule leaves little wiggle room for downtime. But that is preciously the point- Light Up Night is one of the largest events of the year, and you have to pack it all in if you want to see it all!

Note: The official Light Up Night schedule is available here. We recommend confirming times before heading to Light Up Night as they may change since our last update of the above.

Skip the Traffic and Get a Hotel

One of the downsides to Light Up Night is on the same note as the highlights- it is very crowded. While this is fine when enjoying the festivities, driving to and from downtown is tricky at best.

Throw in several road closures around Fort Duquesne for the music, and the mass exodus when the fireworks finale is over, and traffic becomes a big issue.

We stayed at a Pittsburgh hotel downtown one year for Light Up Night and had a wonderful time using our hotel as a base, skipping traffic, and more importantly quickly warming up after a night out in the November elements!

If you are looking for a centrally located downtown hotel, we would recommend the Embassy Suites Downtown, Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh, or the Holiday Inn North Shore as options to get started!

Have you experienced Light Up Night in the past? Comment below to share your favorite parts or tips from your visit!

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Best Christmas Light Displays In and Around Cincinnati, Ohio

Everything about Christmas is magical — the lights, presents, Santa Claus.

Everything (well, except yellow snow, I suppose).

A favorite American pastime in winter is to ogle at Christmas lights, and it’s even more enjoyable when it shows up on someone else’s electricity bill. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, or to witness magic, these Christmas light displays will leave you believing.

Check out some favorite Christmas light displays and events here in and around Cincinnati, Ohio, where it is perfectly socially acceptable for a grown man to be a kid again. Even for one night.

PNC Festival of Lights

PNC Christmas Lights Cincinnati Ohio

Location
Cincinnati Zoo + Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45220

Times/Dates
Saturday, November 16- January 4, 2020
Sundays-Thursdays open until 9PM
Fridays and Saturdays open until 10PM

Cost
Festival included with price of zoo admission.
Purchase your tickets here: https://ticketstore.cincinnatizoo.org/zoo-admission/
Adults: $15-18
Children + Seniors: $9-12

Details

  • 37th Annual Festival
  • Over 3 million LED lights
  • MadCap Black-Light Puppet Show
  • Ride the Toyland Express
  • Check out the Wild Lights show on Swan Lake
  • 2 Smores’ n More Stands

Click here to learn more.

Christmas Nights of Lights

Christmas Nights of Lights Coney Island

Location
Coney Island
6201 Kellogg Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45230
513-232-8230

Times/Dates
November 8, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Dusk to 10:00 P.M.
Extended hours on weekends.

Cost
$6 per person
Children 3 and under are free

Details

  • Tunnels of Lights
  • Dancing Candy Canes
  • Enjoy the lights from your warm car
  • Snowflake lights everywhere
  • Music synchronized to every display

Click here to learn more.

Holiday in Lights Sharonville Ohio

Location
Sharon Woods (25 minutes North of Cincinnati)
11450 Lebanon Road
Sharonville, OH 45241
513-769-0393

Times/Dates
6 PM-9 PM Sunday-Thursday
5:30 PM-10 PM Friday & Saturday

Cost
$15 per car
$45 for buses + 15-passenger vans
Coupon: https://holidayinlights.com/coupons

Details

  • Enjoy from your car
  • Over 1 million lights
  • Over 250 light displays
  • 28-Year Tradition
  • Portion of proceeds go to Hands Against Hunger
  • New this year: Pixel light displays, special effects glasses (which are always cool) and tons more lighted trees

Click here to learn more.

Macy's Downtown Dazzle

Location
Fountain Square
Fifth and Vine Streets
Cincinnati, OH 45202
513-621-4400

Times/Dates
Saturday, November 30
Saturday, December 7
Saturday, December 14
Saturday, December 21

Event starts at 5:30PM
Santa arrives at 6:30PM

Cost
Free

Details

  • Santa rappels off the Macy’s building downtown (Betcha didn’t know he could do that, did you?)
  • Not only is the square filled with lights, the sky too! Fireworks courtesy of Rozzi Fireworks
  • 10:00AM to 10:00PM ice skate at the UC Health Ice Rink
  • Shop during Winter Market at Fountain Square
  • Free photos with Santa at the Carew Tower

Click here to learn more.

Hopefully, you are able to share at least one of these magical experiences with your family.

I want to leave you with this sage wisdom: Take stock of your Christmas lights, and dare to dream bigger. Dare to become bigger. While you’re doing this, check out Becoming Clark Griswold: How to Decorate Your House without Blowing Your Budget and Circuits.

The Best Christmas Light Displays in Cincinnati

 

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LocationEventDateDescriptionMaumee BayNew Year’s Eve Night HikeDec 31, 2017 ♦ 5:15-6:30pmJoin us for our Annual New Year’s Eve Night Hike at Maumee Bay State Park Nature Center. Meet at the Nature Center at 5:15 pm on New Year’s Eve. We’ll test our night vision on the boardwalk and bring in the New Year naturally! All ages welcome, make sure to dress for the weather! Hope to see you there! (state park calendar)Toledo ZooThe Lights Before ChristmasNov 17 – Dec 31, 2017 ♦ Sun-Thurs 3-8pm; Fri-Sat 3-9pmOver one million lights and more than 200 illuminated animal images!Hayes Presidential Center, FremontChristmas Dinners at Spiegel GroveDec 7, Dec 8, and Dec 9, 2017 ♦ 6:30-10:30pmEnjoy a multi-course holiday meal in the dining room of the historic Hayes Home, where the Hayes family had its Christmas dinners. Costumed living history presenters provide an evening of 19th century fun. The evening begins with a carriage ride to the home, followed by the meal and after-dinner entertainment. Tickets are $250 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 419-332-2081, ext. 238. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums members receive first opportunity for reservations.Hayes Presidential Center, FremontVictorian Christmas music programDec 16, 2017 ♦ 1-2pmRangers from the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio, will reveal the origins of beloved Christmas songs and have a sing-a-long. Admission is free.Hayes Presidential Center, FremontHorse-drawn sleigh ridesDec 26, Dec 27, Dec 28, Dec 29, Dec 30, and Dec 31 ♦ 1-4pmRide through the grounds of Spiegel Grove in a horsedrawn sleigh, as President Hayes did when he lived here. Rides are by South Creek Clydesdales. A horse-drawn trolley may be used in addition to our in place of the sleigh depending on demand and staffing levels. Cost is $3 per rider ages 3 and up. Rides are free for kids age 2 and younger. Rides are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are taken. Sleigh rides can take place whether or not there is snow.NW Ohio Rail Preservation (in Findlay, OH)North Pole ExpressWeekends from now to Dec 20, 2017 ♦ Fri-Sat 5-9pm; Sun 5-8pm (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day)Quarter scale train rides, holiday decorations, Santa ClausSaulisberry Park, Kenton, OHLake of LightsNow – Dec 26, 2017 ♦ 6-9 PMDrive through Christmas light display, live Nativity scene, horse drawn wagon rides, live character nights. See link for specific event nights.Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, PiquaChristmas Past, Present and Future at the Johnston FarmDec 2, 2017 ♦ See link for hoursDinner in John Johnston’s dining room featuring a traditional seasonal menu from the Johnston’s era. From there guests will visit each room of the home decorated for the holidays from the 18th to the 21st century. Reservations required, (937) 773-2522;Armstrong Space MuseumCosmic ChristmasDec 7, 2017 ♦ 4-6 PMJoin us for our Cosmic Christmas event. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate as you listen to a story and complete a craft. Meet Santa, and hear the sounds of the holidays in the air. (There is a fee)Fort MeigsHolday Open HouseDec 10, 2017 ♦ 1 – 4 PMHoliday music, refereshments, and activities
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Christmas light show brightens PNC Bank Arts Center


HOLMDEL - Nothing beats a colorful display of Christmas lights to fill with you with holiday cheer. And so the PNC Bank Arts Center is all set to fill you up.

The Magic of Lights Show winds through a mile of the parking lot at the amphitheater sitting off the Garden State Parkway, finishing at a holiday village. If you go on Dec. 27, a petting zoo will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. 

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Drivers can get advanced tickets for $20, or pay $25 Mondays through Thursdays and $30 Fridays through Sundays.

The show runs through Dec. 30, starting at dusk and ending at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information, visit magicoflights.com/newjersey.

 

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Holiday Light Shows Columbus Ohio

Columbus OhioLOVES Christmas lights! From free but amazing neighborhood displays, to immersive paid Columbus Christmas lights experiences, you’ll find plenty of holiday joy around the city with the best Christmas lights in Columbus. 

Every single year Columbus people unpack bundles of wires and plugs, climb up ladders, and decorate their Columbus homes with festive holiday lights. But then there are the professional Columbus Christmas light displays! Get the family together and head to the car for these amazing displays of Christmas lights in the Columbus, Ohio, area.

Each year our family looks forward to the tradition of seeing as many Christmas light displays as we can. This year seeing Christmas Lights will be a great socially distant activity and a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of the season! Here’s a list of Holiday Light Displays Around Columbus (and beyond) that you don’t want to miss!

Источник: https://dragonlightscolumbus.com/holiday-light-shows-columbus/

This article about the PNC Bank Arts Center Christmas Lights ~ Magic of Lights was published in 2016 but has been updated with 2020 information about this PNC Bank Arts Center drive thru holiday lights.

Dinner is done, the dishes are washed, and the kids are all cleaned up for bed. But it’s not bed time yet – what should you do? We came upon this dilemma on a recent rainy night and decided to pack up the kids (some in their PJs!) and head over to the Magic of Lights at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. The drive-through holiday light show was just what the doctor ordered: the kids loved looking at all of the light displays from the comfort of our warm and dry car.

Cars begin their drive through the Magic of Lights under this lit display at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel

The entrance to the Magic of Lights at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel

About the PNC Bank Arts Center Christmas Lights ~ Magic of Lights

  • It’s over a mile of light displays and holiday scenery, with themes of sports and the 12 Days of Christmas and more.
  • You pay per car, not per pnc christmas light show 2018 (which works out well for multi-kid families like us!). Discounts may be available if you check the Magic of Lights facebook page or website.
  • The entire pa stay at home order display is drive-through (so you can visit rain or shine) and is at your own pace.
  • Tune to a special radio station to hear their Christmas carols, or play your own playlist as you drive through!
  • Follow their Facebook page for updates. Weekends can bring a long wait and they’ll post to let customers know if that’s the case.
Drive under dancing reindeer at the Magic of Lights at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.

Reindeer dance above as you drive through the PNC Bank Arts Center Magic of Lights display

3 Tips for visiting the PNC Bank Arts Center Christmas Lights ~ Magic of Lights

  • Take your time! With so many light displays going on both sides of the road, you really need to go very slowly so that the kids can get a chance to take everything in. The road has two lanes for this very purpose – if a car behind you is ready to move forward before you, they can just go right around.
  • Bring your camera. The mix of the dark night and the bright colorful light displays shows up beautifully in pictures. And if your kids are anything like mine, they will want to look at the pictures afterward to decide again which display was their favorite. It’s also a great spot for family photos at the spot where you’re able to walk around the holiday village.
  • Go on Tuesdays and take advantage of their special that allows you to drive through twice!
Cars pause to enjoy the light displays at the Magic of Lights in Holmdel New Jersey.

Beautiful light displays at Magic of Lights in Holmdel NJ

Where is the PNC Bank Arts Center Christmas Lights ~ Magic of Lights located?

PNC Bank Arts Center116 Garden State ParkwayHolmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center is located at exit 116 on the Garden State Parkway. If you can’t find it on the GPS, try entering the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial address, 1 Memorial Lane, Holmdel. 
These flashing lights end your Magic of Lights drive through experience at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel New Jersey.

Blinking lights await at the end of the Magic of Lights at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.

PNC Bank Arts Center Christmas Lights ~ Magic of Lights Schedule

  • Sunday pnc christmas light show 2018 Thursday: 5 PM to 10 pm
  • Friday & Saturday: 5 PM to 11 pm
  • Open daily through January 2, closed December 31.

PNC Bank Arts Center Christmas Lights ~ Magic of Lights Ticket Prices

  • Any operating night: $25 per car in advance, $30 per car at the gate.
  • Prices available for buses and limos.

For more photos from the 2018 Magic of Lights see our Facebook Album.

Visit the Magic of Lights website for more information and to purchase advance tickets.

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LocationEventDateDescriptionMaumee BayNew Year’s Eve Night HikeDec 31, 2017 ♦ 5:15-6:30pmJoin us for our Annual New Year’s Eve Night Hike at Maumee Bay State Park Nature Center. Meet at the Nature Center at 5:15 pm on New Year’s Eve. We’ll test our night vision on the boardwalk and bring in the New Year naturally! All ages welcome, make sure to dress for the weather! Hope to see you there! (state park calendar)Toledo ZooThe Lights Before ChristmasNov 17 – Dec 31, 2017 ♦ Sun-Thurs 3-8pm; Pnc christmas light show 2018 3-9pmOver one million lights and more than 200 illuminated animal images!Hayes Presidential Center, FremontChristmas Dinners at Spiegel GroveDec 7, Dec 8, and Dec 9, 2017 ♦ 6:30-10:30pmEnjoy a multi-course holiday meal in the dining room of the historic Hayes Home, where the Hayes family had its Christmas dinners. Costumed living history presenters provide an evening of 19th century fun. The evening begins with a carriage ride to the home, followed by the meal and after-dinner entertainment. Tickets are $250 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 419-332-2081, ext. 238. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums members receive first opportunity for reservations.Hayes Presidential Center, FremontVictorian Christmas music programDec 16, 2017 ♦ 1-2pmRangers from the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio, will reveal the origins of beloved Christmas songs and have a sing-a-long. Admission is free.Hayes Presidential Center, FremontHorse-drawn sleigh ridesDec 26, Dec 27, Dec 28, Dec 29, Dec 30, and Dec 31 ♦ 1-4pmRide through the grounds of Spiegel Grove in a horsedrawn sleigh, as President Hayes did when he lived here. Rides alabama one credit union mobile app by South Creek Clydesdales. A horse-drawn trolley may be used in addition to our in place of the sleigh depending on demand and staffing levels. Cost is $3 per rider ages 3 and up. Rides are free for kids age 2 and younger. Rides are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are taken. Sleigh rides can take place whether or not there is snow.NW Ohio Rail Preservation (in Findlay, OH)North Pole ExpressWeekends from now to Dec 20, 2017 ♦ Fri-Sat 5-9pm; Sun 5-8pm (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day)Quarter scale train rides, holiday decorations, Santa ClausSaulisberry Park, Kenton, OHLake of LightsNow – Dec 26, 2017 ♦ 6-9 PMDrive through Christmas light display, live Nativity scene, horse drawn wagon rides, live character nights. See link for specific event nights.Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, PiquaChristmas Past, Present and Future at the Johnston FarmDec 2, 2017 ♦ See link for hoursDinner in John Johnston’s dining room featuring a traditional seasonal menu from the Johnston’s era. From there guests will visit each room of the home decorated for the holidays from the 18th to the 21st century. Reservations required, (937) 773-2522;Armstrong Space MuseumCosmic ChristmasDec 7, 2017 ♦ 4-6 PMJoin us for our Cosmic Christmas event. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate as you listen to pnc christmas light show 2018 story and complete a craft. Meet Santa, and hear the sounds of the holidays in the air. (There is a fee)Fort MeigsHolday Open HouseDec 10, 2017 ♦ 1 – 4 PMHoliday music, refereshments, and activities
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Last Updated on November 4, 2021 by Jeremy

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In Pittsburgh, the start of the holiday season is not ambiguous.

It is not after Halloween when department stores put out Christmas decorations (or do they do it before now?). It is not the day after Thanksgiving that many traditionally observe. It is also not the first chase college checking daily spending limit sighting, December 1st, the fall time change, or any other arbitrary benchmark.

This one particular instance should not be up for debate, as the start of the Christmas season in Pittsburgh is Light Up Night- the Saturday before Thanksgiving. (Previously the Friday before Thanksgiving, but was moved to Saturday for 2021).

In this guide we want to share some of our favorite tips on how to get the most out of what is perhaps our favorite annual event in Pittsburgh!

Light Up Night Has Many Meanings

Christmas Tree at PPG Place

When thinking of the actual term Light Up Night, the celebration takes on several meanings.

Light Up Night is the day when all the Christmas lights are turned on in the city. During the festivities, most all skyscrapers and stadiums are lit up. And there are even fireworks shows that light up the skyline throughout the evening.

Pick whichever meaning you would like for Light Up Night, as this term covers them all!

The Highmark Unity Tree

Focusing on the lighting aspect of Light Up Night (what we believe is the real source of the name), there are actually several events throughout the day. Typically the following:

  • 12:00pm – The US Steel Nativity/Creche
  • 5:00pm – The City-County Building
  • 6:00pm – The lighting of the Highmark Unity Tree
  • 9:30pm – Celebratory Fireworks

Historically there have also been festivities at Point State Park beginning at 5:00pm for the Santa Spectacular, but we are unsure if this event will be returning in the future (presently is not scheduled for 2021). This event is technically not part of Light Up Night as they are operated by two different sponsors, but as they often occur simultaneously the lines between Light Up Night and the Santa Spectacular get a little blurred.

The Opening of Many Christmas Activities

Nativity Scene at US Steel Plaza, Pittsburgh

Going beyond the lighting ceremonies that occur throughout Light Up Night, the event marks the opening of Christmas displays in downtown Pittsburgh.

Market Square is transformed into a large Christmas Market with local pnc christmas light show 2018 international vendors selling Christmas wares (pick up a Pittsburgh Christmas ornament while there!). The square at PPG Place is home to a large ice rink with a gorgeous tree in the middle. One and Two PPG Place features international Santa statues. The City-County Building features an array of gingerbread houses. And the US Steel Tower has a life-sized creche / nativity scene that is the only licensed replica of the one featured in Vatican City.

We could go on, but we think you get the idea that Christmas in Pittsburgh is a big deal, and it all begins with Light Up Night!

Live Music at Several Stages

Live Music at Light Up Night

Light Up Night also typically hosts three or four stages of performers each year, with sets taking place throughout the day and the headline act typically beginning at 8:30pm. In 2021, American Authors will be the headliner.

Two stages are typically found on Fort Duquesne Blvd between the sister bridges (which is also closed as a walking street), and two more stages are also often found a few blocks inward in downtown.

In addition, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra also hosts free live performances in thirty minute increments beginning at 6:30pm at Heinz Hall and most all of the event highlights (such as the Christmas Market in Market Square, PPG Place's ice rink) also have live music regularly throughout the evening.

Suffice it to say, there is no shortage of music during Light Up Night!

Plan to Enjoy the Fireworks Shows

Light Up Night Fireworks

It is never a true Pittsburgh event without fireworks, and Light Up Night traditionally hosts several fireworks shows during the festivities.

The first fireworks show is a short one during the tree lighting at the City-County Building. The second is a similarly short show that occurs right after the lighting of the Unity Tree at Penn Avenue Place (corner of Stanwix and Penn Avenue). These fireworks show are the shortest of the bunch by far (just a couple of minutes max) but are also fairly pnc christmas light show 2018 as they are launched off from the roof of the buildings!

The main fireworks show typically takes place around 9:30pm and is generally along the banks of the Allegheny River. Some years it has been located between the Warhol and Clemente Bridge, while in recent years the barge has been located between the Fort Duquesne Bridge and the Clemente Bridge due to construction on the bridges. This one is the grand finale and lasts roughly 30 minutes.

Light Up Night Fireworks

Light Up Night indeed!

So, How Would We Recommend Tackling it All?

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When it comes down to it, odds are good you won't be able to see everything at Light Up Night and you'll have to pick and choose what you want to see over the course of an evening.

If you live in the city and think you'll make it down to the Christmas festivities more than once in the season, then your interests may be more towards the special events, live music, and of course, the fireworks.

If you live further away and Light Up Night is your only chance of seeing the holiday decorations, you'll want to take in as much as the festivities as possible and may decide to shy away from the performances.

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In a perfect world, we would do the following in order to get a good cross-section of all the festivities Light Up Night has to offer!

  • 5:00pm: Explore the Christmas Market at Market Square, check out the Santas, and grab food from one of the many vendors.
  • 5:00pm (Optional Alternative): Watch the lighting ceremony at the City-County Building and enjoy the rooftop fireworks before exploring the gingerbread houses.
    • Odds are good you'll spend a lot of time at the two spots as they are always crowd favorites, but if you find yourself with a bit of time you should make a detour to see the creche at the US Steel Building or grab a cocktail at a downtown bar!
  • 6:00pm: Watch the lighting of the Unity Tree at Fifth Avenue Place and enjoy the brief rooftop fireworks.
  • 6:15pm: Listen to a few songs at the is chase college a checking account music stages, watch the 7:30 performance from the PSO if you can get a seat (could be tricky), or grab a snack from a food vendor.
  • 8:00pm: Head to the music stage to listen to a few songs from the music acts, including the headliner.
  • 9:00pm: Cross either the Fort Duquesne Bridge via the pedestrian walkway or the Clemente Bridge and find a good spot on the North Shore River Trail for the fireworks.
  • 9:30pm: Enjoy the final fireworks show of the evening!

We will be the first to admit that the above schedule leaves little wiggle room for downtime. But that is preciously the point- Light Up Night is one of the largest events of the year, and you have to pack it all in if you want to see it all!

Note: The official Light Up Night schedule is available here. We recommend confirming pnc christmas light show 2018 before heading to Light Up Night as they may change since our last update of the above.

Skip the Pnc christmas light show 2018 and Get a Hotel

One of the downsides to Light Up Night is on the same note as the highlights- it is very crowded. While this is fine when enjoying the festivities, driving to and from downtown is tricky at best.

Throw in several road closures around Fort Duquesne for the music, and the mass exodus when the fireworks finale is over, and traffic becomes a big issue.

We stayed at a Brenton tarrant manifesto 8chan hotel downtown one year for Light Up Night and had a wonderful time using our hotel as a base, skipping traffic, and more importantly quickly warming up after a night out in the November elements!

If you are looking for a centrally located downtown hotel, we would recommend the Embassy Suites Downtown, Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh, or the Holiday Inn North Shore as options to get started!

Have you experienced Light Up Night in the past? Comment below to share your favorite parts or tips from your visit!

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