This year marks the 60th anniversary and highly anticipated return of Highmark Light Up Night® with a select number of events during the grand opening day on Friday, November 19th and a full day of festivities on Saturday, November 20th. The return of the free larger than life holiday celebration that yinzers look forward to every year, makes up for lost time with live music and entertainment, tree lightings, fireworks, food, and much more. Keep reading for more information! 

Peoples Gas Holiday Market

Opening November 19th, the Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Market Square is one of the most popular aspects of the holidays in Downtown Pittsburgh. Open daily through Dec. 23, visitors are invited to shop amongst several vendors for unique gifts that can’t be found anywhere else. The market also includes BJ’s Sounds of the Season Stage, with live performances throughout the day from The Evergreens, Kea Michaels, and more. For the full list of vendors visit the market website.

All of the Lights

It isn’t called Light Up Night for no reason! The lights officially turn on at the UPMC Ultimate Holiday Tree Experience lighting at PPG Place held on Friday, November 19th as part of the Grand Opening Day festivities. Over the course of both days, guests can experience the World’s Largest Pickle Ornament at EQT Plaza, the Dedication of Pittsburgh Crèche, (an authorized replica of the nativity featured in Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome) at the U.S. Steel Tower Plaza, the City of Pittsburgh Tree Lighting with Zambelli Rooftop Fireworks at the City-County Building, the Highmark Christmas Tree Lighting with Zambelli Rooftop Fireworks at Stanwix Street & Penn Avenue, and the BNY Mellon Fireworks Spectacular with Supersized Zambelli Finale at Allegheny Overlook on Ft. Duquesne Boulevard at 9:30 PM on November 20th.

Music & Entertainment

With five outdoor stages and free performances across venues in the Cultural District, Light Up Night has something for everyone! Participating artists include Byron Nash, Mr. Smalls All-Star Beatles Tribute, American Authors, MCG Jazz Presents: The Daniel May Trio with Dwayne Dolphin & George Heid III, Thomas Wendt Quartet, Big Blitz, River City Brass band, Texture Contemporary Ballet, Pittsburgh CLO, Pitches and Tones, free concerts from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and many more! 

Food, Drinks, and Nonstop Parties

Stop by the EQT Plaza/Benedum Center Parking Lot, the Allegheny Overlook One Oxford Centre, Grant Street and Stanwix Street & Penn Avenue on Saturday, to enjoy food and drinks from local vendors, food trucks, and pop-up beer & cocktail gardens. Participating vendors include Brew Gentlemen, The Warren Bar & Burrow, the Pickled Chef, and many more. Don’t forget to join the title sponsor Highmark at their all night long block party on Stanwix Street, featuring an opportunity to win cool prizes.

The holiday fun doesn’t stop there! Other events and spectacles include holiday ice carvings including a sculpture paying special homage to the 60th-anniversary of the celebration, Ice Skating at the UPMC Rink at PPG Place, and Spirit of Giving Around the World, a window display of 16 life-sized Santas and paintings depicting holiday traditions from around the world, at Two PPG Place along Fourth Avenue.

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

Rebecca is a Pittsburgh transplant of five years with experience in content writing, social media management, public relations, web editing, and much more. Her passion for food inspired her to create an Instagram based food blog that shares a combination of local cuisine and homemade meals. When she’s not focusing on food, she also enjoys the Pittsburgh arts and entertainment scene, from Broadway shows, music festivals, to gallery crawls. She is excited to share her love for all things Pittsburgh with future readers!

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