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”.