Make sure to turn the volume up on Mariah Carey because all we want for Christmas…are the 12 events in PGH! The countdown is on–and our list will be sure to keep your spirits merry and bright. Deck the halls because it’s Christmas time in the city!

Stuff-a-Bus

December 2nd-6th |Robinson Town Centre 

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96.1 Kiss keeps the tradition rolling at Robinson Town Centre. Bring a new and unwrapped toy, and help stuff buses to support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. You can drop off toys any time. Let’s see how many buses we can stuff this year! 

Krampusnacht

December 5th, 6PM – 9:30PM | Market Square

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Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Have you been naughty or nice this year? Celebrate the ancient European holiday and enjoy the live music, restaurants, performers, and holiday shops. Krampus arrives at 7. 

The Joy of Cookies: Cookie Tour 2019

December 6, 7, 8 | Lawrenceville

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You can sample cookies, like, a lot of amazing cookies, while also shopping for gifts. Lawrenceville’s signature business district event features over 40 businesses along Butler Street and Penn Avenue. It’s a great way to support local shops during the season!

Handmade Arcade

December 7th, 11AM – 7PM | David L. Lawrence Convention Center

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Pittsburgh’s largest independent craft fair is back! Celebrate the cutting edge of craft with over 250 craft-based makers, designers, and artists from all over Pittsburgh, Western PA, and the US. Get crafty!   

Fire Fest

December 7th, 12PM – 10PM | Grist House

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Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It’s cold but you can still party outdoors! The event features two very important ingredients in staying warm–beer and fire. Warm up next to the flames and taste some special brews. Ahh that’s toasty!

Bloomfield Saturday Winter Market

December 7th, 11AM – 2PM | 1st and 3rd Saturdays

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Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Shop local growers and makers in the heart of Bloomfield. The event takes place at 5050 Liberty Ave and runs every 1st and 3rd Saturday throughout the winter. Connect with the community and support local businesses!  

12 Bars of Charity

December 13th, 8PM – 12AM

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Here’s a very rewarding way to spend a bar crawl and give back. The event is a fun competition between 8 local charities. Pick a charity you want to support and you’ll receive a charity team color sweatshirt, $15 donation to the charity of your choice, free shuttle rides, drink specials and free admission. It’s the most wonderful bar crawl of the year! Tickets here.

Crafts and Drafts

December 15th, 12PM – 5PM | East End Brewing

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Photo Credit: East End Brewing Co.

Find some last-minute gifts and try some fresh local beer. Now that’s being productive! There will be local artists and makers, brunch or lunch from Larder of East End, and housemade Barmy Root Beer on tap. Some of the vendors include PGH Candle, Wigle Whiskey, Nervous Thread Embroidery, and more! It’s free and family-friendly! 

Made & Found Holiday Market

December 15th, 10AM – 4PM | Ace Hotel

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The Ace Hotel will host the event, featuring over 40 of the rust belts best vintage shops, makers, and artists. It’s free, family-friendly, and you can bring your dog. There will be brunch, coffee, and cocktails available for purchase. 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

December 17th | AMC Waterfront

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“Why is the carpet all wet, Todd?” “I don’t know, Margo!” But we do know that the classic Christmas movie is celebrating its 30th anniversary. This is your chance to see it on the big screen! Tickets $5, VIP $7

Lumaze Pittsburgh

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Photo Credit: Lumaze Pittsburgh

Light up your holiday season with a million lights! 32nd Street Studios is now a glowing scene of interactive light gardens, illuminated structures, good food, festive drinks, and daily live entertainment. The event is indoors so don’t worry about being cold!

Ugly Sweater Party

December 21st | Howl at the Moon

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It’s time to show off your ugly sweater and head over to the piano bar. You could even win $100 if you have the craziest sweater. Either way you can dance with festive drinks and live music. There is free admission if you wear an ugly sweater. So you should probably wear one!

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Josh McCann

Josh McCann is a contributing writer for Made in PGH, where he writes about events and music. He's a Point Park University alumnus, musician, and founder of the music blog Where The Bands Are. His writing on rock and roll has appeared in the Globe and the Northside Chronicle.

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