Pittsburgh Light Up Night

Pittsburgh Light Up Night Fireworks Photo: Zambelli Internationale
Zambelli Internationale

Light Up Night Weekend - November 22, 2013

Head downtown for Light up Night on Friday, November 22, 2013, and see Pittsburgh decked out in her holiday best! The city's dramatic skyline is the backdrop for an evening of holiday activities, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display. An estimated 800,000 people are expected in the Golden Triangle for the 53rd annual Pittsburgh Light Up Night celebration, the official kickoff for the Pittsburgh holiday season.
Thousands more are expected to gather at Station Square for concerts, shopping, and festivities, and atop Mount Washington to enjoy the beautiful vistas of office buildings aglow with lights. Pittsburgh Light Up Night also features live entertainment, strolling carolers, tree lighting ceremonies, and the unveiling of the holiday window displays.

Pittsburgh Light Up Night 2013 Highlights

Special events for Pittsburgh Light Up Night 2013 include the addition of a fourth concert stage, a Dance through the Decades party on Smithfield Street, a variety of children’s activities, the Macy’s holiday window unveiling, the lighting of the Highmark Unity Tree, ice skating, carriage rides, holiday displays and lights galore! Plus, a rockin' Light Up Night Bridge Party on the Roberto Clemente Bridge, the People's Gas Holiday Market in Market Square, a Celebrate Santa Show! Holiday Stage Show and a Grand Fireworks Finale by renowned Zambelli Internationale!

Official Tree Lighting Ceremonies

12:00 p.m. City-County Building Tree Lighting
12:00 p.m. U.S. Steel Tower Dedication of the Creche
5:30 p.m. Allegheny Courthouse Tree Lighting
5:45 p.m. One Oxford Centre Tree Lighting
5:45 p.m. Santa Lights BNY Mellon Season of Lights
6:00 p.m. PPG Plaza Tree Lighting
6:45 p.m. Macy's Windows Unveiling
7:00 p.m. Highmark Unity Tree Lighting with Rooftop Fireworks

Light Up Night Stages

Market Square 5:00–9:30 p.m.
Countdown with Santa as he flips the giant switch to the dazzling BNY Mellon Season of Lights with more than 150,000 lights and 30’ high electronic sphere tree.

Every half hour Market Square is transformed with a glittering wonderland show synchronized with high-energy music medley followed by a mini-concert with Jeff Jimerson and Airborne.

5:00 p.m. Jeff Jimerson and Airborne Holiday Songfest
5:45 p.m. Countdown to 2013 Season of Lights with Santa
6–9:30 p.m. Season of Lights Show & Jeff Jimerson mini-concert (every half hour)

Roberto Clemente Bridge 5:00–9:30 p.m.
Get set for a rockin’ blues party over the Allegheny River with some of Pittsburgh’s most iconic musical performers and an array of food and tasty treats.

5:00 p.m. Women of the Blues
6:30 p.m. The Billy Price Band
8:00 p.m. Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers

Launched from the Warhol Bridge, one of Pittsburgh’s most spectacular displays by the first family of pyrotechnics, Zambelli Internationale, including the Light Up Night signature Niagara Falls of fireworks, all synchronized to a live holiday broadcast on 3WS 94.5 FM.

Mellon Square 8:00–10:00 p.m.
Smithfield Street is closed for a dance party with lasers, bubble machines and music that will get you moving! Upstairs the newly renovated Mellon Square is transformed into an inviting bistro with a tasty selection of hot food.

Dance Through the Decades Party
7:00 p.m. The Elliotts (60’s)
8:00 p.m. Dancing Queen (70’s)
9:00 p.m. Totally 80’s

EQT Plaza 5:00 – 9:15 p.m. The velvet virtuosos of Pittsburgh’s world-class jazz scene come together for an all-night jam led by Roger Humphries and RH Factor joined by local legends Etta Cox, Al Dowe, Michele Bensen, Spanky Wilson and Kenny Blake. Hot foods and tasty treats available.

Jazz Legend Jam
5:00-9:15 p.m. Roger Humphries and RH Factor
5:00 p.m. Etta Cox and Al Dowe
6:30 p.m. Michele Bensen and Kenny Blake
8:00 p.m. Spanky Wilson

Parking Options for Pittsburgh Light Up Night

Downtown Pittsburgh will be a bit difficult to navigate due to several street closures related to Pittsburgh Light Up Night activities. Avoid traffic by parking in a fringe lot and taking a shuttle into Downtown. You can also park at the North Shore stadium lots or the West General Street Parking Garage and take a FREE ride on the T "North Shore Connector" into Downtown. There will be downtown street closures throughout the day on Light Up Night, including all side streets around Market Square, plus portions of Forbes Avenue (between Wood St. and Stanwix St.), Penn Avenue (Fifth Avenue Extension to New Penn Extension), Stanwix Street (Penn Avenue to Stanwix Street Garage) and Smithfield Street (between Fourth Avenue and Fifth Avenue). Port Authority buses will also be detouring around these streets on Thursday, Nov. 15 through Saturday, Nov. 17 - check www.portauthority.org for a complete list of detours.

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Additional Pittsburgh Light Up Night Events - 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

PPG Place Plaza & Ice Skating

4:45 - 8:30 p.m.
  • The Rink at PPG Place
    Light Up Night is opening day for Downtown Pittsburgh's outdoor skating rink. Enjoy an exhilarating holiday tradition as you glide around the breathtaking 65’ Christmas tree on the PPG Place Plaza ice rink as it opens for its 13th season. Robert Morris University Island Sport Center’s Figure Skating Academy will kick off the holiday season at 4:45 p.m. with an on-ice interpretation of Polar Express, followed by a 5:00 p.m. performance of the CLO Mini Stars. Enjoy music by Brigid's Cross in PPG Place Food Court between 5:00 and 8:30 p.m. The rink will remain open until midnight on Light Up Night.
  • American Cancer Society's Tribute of Light/Plaza Tree Lighting
    5:30 - 6:00 p.m. The Plaza will glisten with the glow of lights as over 300 individuals carrying hand-held Tribute of Light memorials will surround The Rink at PPG Place. Each candle will be dedicated in the name of someone touched by cancer. The ceremony culminates with the lighting of the 65-foot Plaza Christmas tree. All proceeds from this event benefit the American Cancer Society.

Holiday exhibits in PPG Place open, including Spirits of Giving From Around the World and the 11th annual Gingerbread House & Train Display.

The Pittsburgh Crèche Dedication Ceremony

12 Noon
US Steel Plaza, November 22, 2013 - January 5, 2014
This life-size nativity scene is an actual replica of the one in St. Peter's Square in Rome, Pittsburgh's own symbol of Christmas. Dedication is at 12 noon on Pittsburgh Light Up Night.

Fifth Avenue Place

5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Fifth Avenue Place
  • Join one of Pittsburgh’s best known neighbors, Mr. McFeely, thousands of Pittsburghers, majestic bagpipers and a splash of fireworks to kick off the official lighting of the historic Unity Tree – presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. The Shops, Food Court and Caffè Amante will be open until 9:00 p.m. with many eateries open later.
  • Explore Pittsburgh’s own North Pole at the Fifth Avenue FREEZE with icy life-sized carvings of Santa and Rudolph, plus ice angels, penguins, elves, and more. Catch live ice carving shows, and kids can test their skills at Arctic games.
  • Enjoy live musical performances by:
    4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet
    7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Max Leak Trio
  • Unity Tree Lighting with Rooftop Fireworks at the corner of Penn Avenue & Stanwix, 7:00 p.m.
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Santa's Arrival & Bessemer Court Tree Lighting
5:00 p.m.
Bessemer Court Fountain
Mrs. Claus and one of her favorite elves leads us in a holiday sing-a-long as the excitement builds for the grand arrival of the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus.

Meet & Greet Santa
5:45 - 9:00 p.m.
Freight House Shops
Meet and greet Santa in the Freight House Shops. Santa has a treat available for every boy and girl.

Bring your camera!

Holiday Fun with Macaroni Kids
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Freight House Shops

Face Painter & Balloon Artist
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Freight House Shops

A Fairytale Fiasco Stage Show
6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Main Stage on Station Square Drive
Enjoy your favorite princesses and some fairytale friends in this interactive show.

Gabby Barrett Holiday Performances
6:45–7:45 p.m.
Main Stage on Station Square Drive

Fairytale Storybook Character Meet & Greet
6:30–7:30 p.m.
Freight House Shops
Meet Cinderella, Snow White, Tinkerbell and Peter Pan live and in person. Don’t forget to bring your camera to have your photo taken with your favorite fairytale character!

"A Christmas to Remember" Show with Mark Milovats
8:30 p.m.
Main Stage on Station Square Drive
National recording artist, Mark Milovats, along with the Santa Belles and the Duquesne Dance Team, will put everyone into the spirit with a great holiday concert.

Take a Bough Tree Auction
November 16–18, 2012
Freight House Shops
Benefiting WPA Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation

Holiday Kick off Events at Station Square are presented by Macaroni Kids and Wish 99.7 FM.

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