Date & Time: Friday, November 20, 2015 - 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: City-County Building Portico
MAYOR PEDUTO TO LIGHT CITY'S CHRISTMAS TREE ON NOVEMBER 20
At lunchtime on Friday, November 20, Mayor William Peduto will officially kick off the City of Pittsburgh’s holiday festivities just hours before Pittsburgh’s skyscrapers illuminate the skyline during Light Up Night.
Music will fill the air on the Portico of the City-County Building from 11 a.m. to Noon in conjunction with the lighting of the City’s official Christmas tree, a 39-foot Blue Spruce donated by a resident of Brighton Heights.
As the crowd gathers at 11 a.m., the Salvation Army Ensemble will perform on the Portico. Throughout the celebration, individuals will have an opportunity to donate new and gently used toys as well as non-perishable food items to the Salvation Army Food & Toy Drive.
The festivities will include an opportunity to meet and greet Santa Claus and numerous mascots including Iceburgh and Steely McBeam.
At 11:15 a.m., Mayor Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald will lead the countdown to illuminate the decorated Christmas tree. Following the tree lighting ceremony, the holiday music will continue until Noon on the Grant Street Portico of the City-County Building with entertainment by the HarmonEyes chorus.
All attending the gathering will enjoy cookies provided by the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and coffee compliments of Starbucks.
2015 ALL-SCHOOL HOLIDAY ORNAMENT PROJECT
Ornaments created by students attending City of Pittsburgh public, private, parochial and charter schools will decorate the City’s tree throughout the holiday season. Citiparks is again sponsored an ornament competition for school students in kindergarten through college, and all entries will hang on the Christmas tree.