Winter may truly be the most wonderful time of the year when it comes to Pittsburgh events. From outdoor skating to unique shopping opportunities to special holiday performances, you’ll find plenty to do during the holidays and the winter season in our area.
Now through January 5
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
Big Butler Fairgrounds – Prospect
View holiday lights from the comfort of your car during a trip to Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland. The two-mile-long course features a dazzling display of lights synchronized to holiday music played on your vehicle’s radio. After the light show, stop by Santa’s Village for a snack and a visit with Santa. The village features an elf training school, letter-writing station, a train for kids, games and souvenirs for purchase.
The admission fee is $25 or $30 per car, depending on the day of your visit. An extra $20 will buy you Express Pass Lane privileges.
November 22 – March 1
Mass Mutual Ice Rink
PPG Place – Pittsburgh
A few spins around the Mass Mutual Ice Rink in downtown Pittsburgh provides the perfect antidote to holiday stress and winter boredom. Many outdoor ice rinks are tiny, but this one is two-thirds the size of a standard National Hockey League rink. Open every day (including Christmas and New Year’s Day), the rink offers old-fashioned fun for the entire family.
Admission is $10 for ages 13-49 and $9 for children, seniors and members of the military. During Tuesday Family Nights, you’ll receive one free child admission with ever adult admission.
December 6 and 7
David L. Lawrence Convention Center –Pittsburgh
Malls are the perfect place to buy slippers, clothing and other basics, but you won’t find many unique offerings at your local shopping center. If you’re looking for gifts that are a little out-of-the-ordinary, you’ll want to pay a visit to Handmade Arcade, held at the Convention Center from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on the 6th and 7th. The event features original crafts and artwork from 250 makers and designers. During your visit, be sure to make time to stop by the Craft Corridor, featuring never-been-seen-before work from emerging artists.
The Frick Pittsburgh Education Center – Pittsburgh
Have you been meaning to make a few homemade items to add a personal touch to your holiday celebration? During The Frick Pittsburgh’s Cool Yule crafting session, you’ll create a one-of-a-kind ornament or design your own holiday gift tag. The free event will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
After you make your special holiday keepsake, take in the Christmas decorations during a special Clayton Mansion holiday tour. As a special bonus, Cool Yule participants 16 and under and member adults will receive a free tour. Non-member adults will pay the $15 fee. (Reservations are required for tours.)
December 5 – 21
Bricolage Production Company – Pittsburgh
Yinzer Scrooged offers a new take on Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story, “A Christmas Carol.” The radio-style performance imagines what it would be like if Ebenezer Scrooge and other characters were local Pittsburgh legends and celebrities.
General admission tickets to Yinzer Scrooged are $35. Students with ID pay $25. If you attend the opening night performance, you can take advantage of the “pay what you want” promotion.
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