5. One of my favorite things to do is drive around looking at Christmas lights. There are a number of neighborhoods that look like Clark Griswold lives there: a man in Ambridge decorates his modest-size home with 20,000 lights; a Moon neighborhood offers its own Light Up Night, complete with a decorating competition; the Dojonovic family in Plum features hundreds of wood-carved characters on display. If you get a chance to drive through Edgeworth (near Sewickley) on Christmas Eve, many neighbors place luminaria along the sidewalks to give the neighborhood a welcoming holiday feel.
There are also a number of other professional light displays to take experience:
- There’s a new holiday event in town this year called Lumaze. The event – at 31st Street Studios in the Strip District – is said to be among the world's largest indoor Christmas festivals with multiple locations around the world (mostly in Canada) – and only two locations in the United States: Seattle and Pittsburgh. The festival opens Nov. 23 and promises to offer a “fairytale Christmas.” There are more than 1 million lights and 100,000 square feet of lighted structures. Tickets range from $16.99 to $22.99 for individual tickets; season passes also are offered. WTAE posted a sneak peek at what’s in store for visitors to this festival. Admittedly, I don’t know much about it, so I am excited to see what’s inside. If you have plans to go, let me know!
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland at the Butler County Fairgrounds
Christmas Light Up Celebration in Findlay Township
- Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights in Wheeling, West Virginia
Overly’s Country Christmas in Westmoreland County