Buses, the “T,” Pittsburgh’s light rail system, and the inclines will run on their regular weekday schedule on Christmas Eve, but they will run on a holiday schedule on Christmas Day.
It might be getting colder, but there is still plenty to do in Pittsburgh over the holiday season.
Tomorrow is your last chance to skate with Santa at the Massmutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place. The rink will be open 11 a.m. to midnight.
As long as you’re downtown, consider visiting the downtown library for a free origami workshop. Art of Origami: Holiday Edition takes place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
This is the last weekend for two musical shows in the Cultural District. Highmark Holiday Pops is at Heinz Hall and features the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn Choir, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. This weekend’s narrator is Rick Sebak. A Musical Christmas Carol is playing at the Byham Theater. With three showings tomorrow and two on Sunday, you’re sure to find find a time that works for you.
The Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Market Square is open through 8 p.m. on the 23rd, so there’s still time to get some last minute shopping in. The little stalls sell Christmas decor from around the world, jewelry, and various crafts. There’s even a food stand that sells hot beverages and both sweet and savory fare. Plus, the kids can visit Santa and marvel at the pretty holiday lights and thirty-foot tree.
To save money and spare yourself the hassle of trying to find parking, take public transportation into the city. Wood Street Station is a major bus and “T” hub at the heart of the Cultural District, and Gateway is just one block from Market Square and PPG Place.
Thanksgiving is around the corner, and the Pittsburgh area is gearing up for Christmas. If you have family visiting, here are some things to do and sites to see.
If your family is coming to town early, consider taking them to Light Up Night tonight.
The Peoples Gas Holiday Market opens in Market Square at 11 a.m. today and runs through Tuesday, December 23. Take your family to eat delicious foods from around the world, enjoy local entertainment, and buy extra special gifts. Adults will appreciate the cultural diversity and kids will be excited to meet Santa! Pictures with Santa are free if you give a donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
This weekend is the Castle Shannon VFD Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Craft Show. Parking and admission are free, and the show is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. If you’re looking for a personal, handmade gift, you’ll probably find it at one of the 120+ tables in the CSVFD Memorial Hall and Fireman’s Hall.
The Castle Shannon Library is hosting Be Thankful Story Time at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25. The reading is for kids ages 4-10 and requires registration.
This weekend is the last weekend of the Three Rivers Film Festival, held at various theaters throughout the city. The last films of the festival are all playing at the Harris Theatre. Actress is playing at 7 p.m. tonight, followed by What Now? Remind Me at 9 p.m. Tomorrow, The King and the Mockingbird plays at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The Contemporary Choreographers show at Point Park University, performed by their Conservatory Dance Company, is in its last weekend. The show through November 23. Their next show—and the last for 2014—is the ballet Romeo and Juliet. It runs December 5-14.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is also in its last weekend at the Benedum Center. Tonight’s performance starts at 8 p.m. an there are matinee and evening shows through Sunday.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Studios is hosting The Nutcracker Holiday Party this Sunday, November 23. from noon to 3 p.m. There will be dance classes, holiday crafts, and performances from the show.
Disney’s Newsies is playing November 25-30 at the Benedum center.
If you’re looking for a musical performance of a totally different nature, the Misfits are playing the Altar Bar on Saturday, November 29. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The Warhol has a couple of special exhibits on display right now. Chuck Connelly: My America will be on the 4th floor until January 4. 13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World’s Fair is on display on the 2nd floor, also until January 4.
If you have a history buff in the family, take them to the Senator John Heinz History Center to check out Pittsburgh’s Lost Steamboat: Treasures of the Arabia. The exhibit is on display until January 4.
All of these events are conveniently located for residents of several Prudential Realty Communities in the South Hills. Downtown locations are easily accessible via the “T”.
There are several events happening in Pittsburgh in honor of Independence Day, so here are some options as you plan for the U.S.’s birthday
The EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta is taking place July 2-4 in Point State Park. This is a free event full of all kinds of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. The latest addition: Pogopalooza. The proper Independence Day celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. on the 4th, ending with fireworks at 9:35 p.m. Tenants of Alvern Gardens Apartments, Place Seville, as well as the Sleepy Hollow Townhouses and Apartments can hop on the T (Pittsburgh’s light rail) for a 30 minute ride to the Gateway stop, a short walk from Point State Park.
The Heinz Field Fourth of July Celebration is also a free event packed with concerts. This one starts at 2 p.m. and will give you a prime view of the fireworks in the evening.
History buffs might consider attending Fourth at the Fort hosted by the Fort Pitt Museum. This event is free with museum admission and takes place 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on the 4th. There will be reenactments of the Revolutionary War experience at the Fort, and they will salute the Point State Park fireworks display with their new reproduction 18th century cannon.
Anyone looking for a little something different might consider a dinner cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet. The tickets do cost $65, but the buffet menu looks scrumptious and there will be a DJ. Boarding starts at 6:30 p.m. and the cruise goes from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. so you should have a prime view of the fireworks.
Pittsburgh is a pretty cool place, but it doesn’t have the prestigious reputation of the country’s bigger cities. So Chi Quach, assistant property manager of Alvern Gardens Apartments and resident of Pittsburgh for over 35 years, took some time to sing Steel City’s praises.
Prudential Realty: What’s your favorite thing about the city?
Chi Quach: The view of the city coming out of the Fort Pitt Tunnel, and going to all of the sporting events.
PR: What are some advantages of living in the south hills?
CQ: Having access of the “T” [Pittsburgh’s light rail system]. Having that easy commute to the South Hills Village [Mall] and downtown by the “T” is a bonus because you save time and money on finding parking spaces.
PR: Pittsburgh was recently named the next big food town, and you’re a foodie yourself. Where do you like to eat?
CQ: Wow, that’s a hard question there. I have to say Pittsburgh has the best eateries around from the north, south, east, west. I mostly stick around the south hills when I go out for dinner. Here are some of my favorite spots in the south hills:
- Little Tokyo, the best sushi in Pittsburgh
- Harry’s Pizza, the best pizza in the south hills
- Caine’s Saloon
- Primanti’s [south hills location]
- Mt. Lebanon Saloon
- Walnut Grill [south hills locations]
- Bado’s Pizzeria a great place to meet up with friends for really good food and a variety of beer on tap
- For a good gyro, the best places are Gali’s and Mike and Tony’s
- Sesame Inn is one of my favorite spots for Chinese food
PR: What do you like to do for fun in the city?
CQ: I enjoy going down to the Strip District. You can find a lot of great places just by walking up and down Penn Avenue. There’s a lot of restaurants, grocery stores, and a few historical landmarks on every block.
PR: Do you have any advice for people who are new to the area?
CQ: Definitely grab the local magazine and read through it. It has a lot of information on current events, entertainment, and places to eat.
PR: Do you have any pointers for renters looking for an apartment in Pittsburgh?
CQ: Yes, make sure you find a place that is close to public transportation.
Pittsburgh’s light rail system (the “T”) will run its regular weekday schedule on New Year’s Eve for Highmark First Night.
The Allegheny County Port Authority recommends public transit users plan ahead as detours will be in effect for several bus lines, but residents of Sleepy Hollow Townhouses and Apartments, Place Seville, and Alvern Gardens will be pleased to note that the Blue Line to Library and South Hills Village are running their regular weekday schedule.