1. I’ll start with the grand event of them all in Pittsburgh: Light Up Night. Today is Light Up Night. And it’s not too late to make your plans. In fact, on my It’s Christmas 365 post, I offered my tips for making the most of Light Up Night. Most people don’t realize this, but Light Up Night technically began as a celebration for the Pittsburgh Pirates and was first held in April 1959. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (the nonprofit organization that puts on Light Up Night) incorrectly refers to it as an annual event, but Light Up Night took a nine-year break beginning in 1973 to conserve energy. It was brought back to boost morale in the early ‘80s as the steel industry collapse began taking hold. And, as you might know, Light Up Night was used as a way to get shoppers into Downtown department stores to see the decorated windows, Santa and, of course, to shop.
There are tree lightings and other ceremonies that begin as early as noon with the creche at the U.S. Steel Tower and continue through to the Fireworks Finale at 9:30 p.m. Don’t forget about Entercom Radio’s Santa Spectacular at Point State Park, too. That includes a fireworks show around 7:30 p.m. There also is a fireworks display around 7 p.m. on the roof of the old Horne’s store when that iconic tree is lit. (Take a look at this old photo of the Horne’s tree – it’s definitely had a glow up.) The full list of events is here.