When I was a kid, getting all bundled up to hop in the car with my family and check out Christmas lights was an annual tradition. Mind you, I lived on a military base in Northern Maine so when I write bundled up I really mean bundled up. Driving from house to house, mouth gaped open, is one of those happy Christmas memories I’ll never forget. This year, Pittsburgh has so many twinkling spots to check out lights so compiling a list of our favorite places was hard! Here’s the top Pittsburgh holiday light displays that made our nice list for 2016.
PPG Place Downtown Pittsburgh
If you’re anywhere near, close to, or around Downtown Pittsburgh this holiday season, make a pit stop at PPG Place to check out its spectacular holiday light display. Modern Christmas trees and thousands of lights that sync up to popular Christmas tunes will get you in that festive mood. Bring your ice skates, too, and get gliding on the ever-popular MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink and whirl and twirl around a giant green Christmas tree. No skates buried in your closet? You can rent some!
Kennywood Park West Mifflin, PA
Bundle up and get ready for over one million twinkling lights at Kennywood Park‘s Holiday Lights! Families can walk around the park at night listening to local choirs sing Christmas carols or hop on the Gingerbread Express for a beautiful view of the park. Kids can whisper in Santa’s ear what is on the top of their Christmas list during the event. Open on weekends, Kennywood Park’s Holiday Lights is a favorite annual draw for locals, and the outdoor fun is even prettier when it’s snowing.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Oakland, PA
This year, Phipps Conservatory in Oakland hosts Winter Flower Show and Light Garden, bringing to life the popular Christmas Carol, “Winter Wonderland.” Tons of Christmas lights on fir trees, poinsettias as far as the eye can see, and Candlelight Evenings make the Winter Flower Show even more magical. Several rooms have added holiday flowers, trees, and plants.
At night, visits to Phipps are a must for families that love the magic that falling snow creates in the outdoor gardens. Children’s activities and hands-on tables throughout will provide some learning over the school break and may just instill a love of horticulture in your child.
Christmas Light-Up Celebration Clinton, PA
Happily titled “A One-Mile Drive Through Holiday Experience”, you’ll need to head near the Pittsburgh airport for this phenomenal display. Beginning November 17, 2016 through January 1, 2017, the Christmas Light-Up Celebration brightens up the night from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The celebration is open even on holidays and a $10 donation per car is asked.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland Prospect, PA
Start looking for a free night beginning November 18th this year so you can check out Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland. Weekends get super busy but a visit Monday-Thursday is not only encouraged, it’s a great way to break up the work week. If you want to get out of your car and stretch your legs, the always-popular Santa’s Village is filled with hands-on activities and a Santa meet and Greet. Admission costs are $25 per car or family van and $40 for limos, activity van, or mini bus.