My family and I love visiting the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. In fact, we adore the place so much that I have an annual pass so we can check out the birds anytime we feel like driving into the city. Families flock (haha! I wrote flock.) to the aviary during the summertime when school is out to play in Penguin Point or watch a show in the Wetlands. But have you ever visited during the winter holidays?
The National Aviary has a fun holiday-themed show filled with fun sing alongs, live flight exhibitions with popular birds, and for all of you poultry lovers- chickens! My family enjoyed a sneak preview of the Wings in Winter Holiday Show and we loved it. You can catch the show daily through January 11th at 11am and 1:30pm and it’s included with daily admission (or free if you’re a member!)
On December 18th, the aviary is having a special Wings in Winter at Night for folks 21 and over. Admission price is half-off( or free for members!) from 5pm-9pm and there’s a cash bar for you liquor lovers.
What’s the Wings in Winter Holiday Show?
Wings in Winter is the National Aviary’s holiday-themed show created to show off some of their popular winged inhabitants. The show features four year-old Fleury, the snowy owl, and he demonstrates his grace by flying over the audience. Fleury was named after the Pittsburgh Penguin‘s awesome goalie, Marc-Andre Fleury (Go Pens!) Here’s a clip:
If you really want him to fly over your head, sit in the middle of the theater. You’ll get a great view.
Here’s a fun pic of the pretty boy waiting to entertain the audience.
The show has a 1950’s theme and a deejay spins avian-inspired holiday classics that the audience can sing along with.
The giant screen shows cute little clips of the birds and is a great help by showing the lyrics for the bird-themed Christmas carols.
The chickens are a hoot! Personally, I think chickens are beautiful so I loved this part of the show. They run through the theater and down the main aisle during their song.
Oh, how I love ducks! These female Mallards were just precious on their sleigh.
We even had a special visit from Pumpkin, the Eurasian Eagle Owl. She was given the name compliments of those giant pumpkin-colored eyes.
At the end of our preview, we had a visit with the jolly old elf himself- Santa! On the Saturdays of December 6th, December 13th, and December 20th, Santa and his penguin helpers will be at the National Aviary for photos. We had the pleasure of talking to Santa and Disco the Penguin. Disco just celebrated his first birthday along with his sister, Mary Beth on November 29th.
Isn’t he dapper in his feathered tuxedo?
The Kid loved getting her photo with Disco, and he was very calm during our meet and greet.
Have you ever touched a penguin? Disco was so much softer than I expected him to be. What a little sweetie.
More From The National Aviary for Wings in Winter
As well as the Wings in Winter Holiday Show, The National Aviary has several other fun options for families during the holiday season.
Penguin Point has been transformed into the Northside Pole! Take a walk through the outdoor penguin area and check out the Christmas lights and holiday decorations.
Find Fleury! A Fleury figurine is hidden in a different spot every day, and if you’re one of the lucky first guests to spot him you win a prize. Having a hard time locating him? You can check out their social media pages for hints and clues.
The aviary is also holding Holiday Camps for Teens, Kids, and the Whole Family on December 27,29, &30. Spending 5 hours with the penguins? I’m down.
Special bird appearances, penguin painting, and a holiday shopping day are available on select days in December.
Looking for more Pittsburgh holiday hot spots? Check out my blog post on Kennywood Park Holiday Lights here.
Disclosure: I am, indeed, a member of The National Aviary but was given the privilege of checking out a media preview of Wings in Winter Holiday Show compliments of Visit Pittsburgh to give you fine folks the scoop. I was not asked to state a particular point of view and all opinions are my own!