A Guide to Holiday Activities in and around Pittsburgh 2017


The Christmas season is a busy time but one filled with great opportunities to create memories with your family. All around the Pittsburgh area there are lots of fun holiday activities to share in and enjoy. 

Comcast Light Up Night

November 17

It’s time to kick off the holiday season in Pittsburgh! With that Christmastime feeling settling over the city, Downtown Pittsburgh puts on its party clothes, dressing up to impress. 

Polar PJ Party

Carnegie Science Center

December 1, 3, 10

Wear your PJs, enjoy some hot chocolate and watch the Polar Express. A pretty great combination! A special sensory friendly offering is available on December 1st and 3rd. For more information click here.

Peoples Gas Holiday Market

Market Square- Pittsburgh, PA

November 17 – December 23

There is lots of fun to be had this year at the Peoples Gas Holiday Market. You can see Santa, shop for gifts, even enjoy live music, all while enjoying the holiday scenery of the city! For more information visit their website.

Fab Lab Family Workshop: Laser Cut Holiday Ornaments

Carnegie Science Center

December 2, 9, 16

Create your own lasting holiday memory by creating your own laser cut holiday ornament. For more information visit their website.

Creation Station: Fifth Avenue Place:

Fifth Avenue Place- Downtown, Pittsburgh

November 25 and more Saturdays.

Santa, Free Crafts and more! In connection with the Childrens’ Museum. For more information visit their website.

Skate with Santa

December 16 at North Park Ice Rink.

Skating is a winter favorite for everyone. But what could make it even better? To share the rink with Santa! For more information visit their website.

Super Science Series-Holidays Around the World

December 16th

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Travel through various stations set up to showcase holiday traditions from around the world. Families will learn about the different cultures through food, crafts and artifacts! For more information visit their website.

Santa Trolley

Pittsburgh Trolley Museum, Washington, PA

November 24-26, December 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17

If you and your kiddos love trains and Santa, you will love this activity! For reservations visit their website.

Kids Play

Every Saturday and Sunday from November 18 through December 23, and a bonus day on Black Friday, November 24 Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Cultural District-Downtown Pittsburgh

Free for children of all ages, Kids Play, offers a variety of fun activities. Enjoy crafts, character appearances, and workshops. For more information visit their website.

Free Holly Trolley and Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

November 18th through December 23rd

Downtown Pittsburgh

Enjoy a ride around town via one of these festive modes of transportation. Please click here for maps and pick up locations.

Row House Christmas

December 15-25

Row House Cinemas

Classic Holiday films play all for for the whole family to enjoy. For tickets visit their website

Family Holiday Workshop: Build your Own Gingerbread House @ The Frick

December 17th; Pittsburgh, PA

Enjoy a day at the historical Frick taking in tours and creating your very own gingerbread house. For more information visit their website.

Countdown to Noon @ The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh 

December  31st

It’s a party fit for your tiniest family members! Filled with music, dancing, celebrating and crafts, your little ones will love ringing in the new year! It is so much fun we guarantee they won’t be fazed by the early time! For more information visit the Children’s Museum website.