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Visiting Christmas light displays in Pittsburgh has been a beloved tradition for thousands of families. First of all, Pittsburgh bridges look beautiful with illumination. Also, it's worth taking a stroll downtown across the Golden Triangle, Stanwix, and Gateway Center area. Have a look at PPG place Christmas tree, visit Peoples Gas Holiday Market, and see the World's Largest Pickle ornament at EQT Plaza!
The Rink at PPG Place (November 20, 2020– January 3, 2021)
The Rink at PPG Place has been the epicenter of Christmas holidays in downtown for 20 years. Nestled between glass skyscrapers, the rink that usually opens in late November features beautiful holiday lights and a 65-ft holiday tree with decorations and illumination. Admission to the rink is limited, and an online ticket reservation is recommended. The rink is open Sunday through Thursday, from 11 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday, from 11 am to midnight.
Phipps Conservatory Winter Flower Show and Light Garden (November 20, 2020–January 3, 2021)
Winter Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory brings in plenty of cheer and joy with its holiday displays in the glowing glasshouse. Decorated with canopies of sparkling lights and glowing paper lanterns, the exhibition features Christmas trees and poinsettias of all hues and patterns. One of the highlights is also Phipps' magical carousel with flashing lights, reflecting in the pond. There is also a variety of winter plants, like Euphorbia 'Christmas Mouse,' Euphorbia 'Diamond Snow,' and others.
Pittsburgh Zoo Lights (November 27, 2020–January 3, 2021)
Zoo Lights at Pittsburgh Zoo is a new drive-thru holiday attraction that includes sparkly themed light displays with thousands of eco-friendly LED lights and an audio tour. It takes about one hour to complete the route full of whimsical animals and classic “frosted” characters. Immerse yourself into a winter wonderland and sing-along carols on the way! The drive-thru in the zoo is a ticketed event.