Date & Time: Friday, November 18, 2016 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: City-County Building Portico
MAYOR PEDUTO TO LIGHT CITY'S CHRISTMAS TREE ON NOVEMBER 18
At lunchtime on Friday, November 18, 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 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in conjunction with the lighting of the City’s official Christmas tree, a 53-foot blue spruce donated by a resident of the City's Oakwood neighborhood.
As the crowd gathers at 11:30 a.m., the Salvation Army Ensemble will perform on the Portico, and throughout the celebration, individuals can drop monetary contributions into the Salvation Army red kettle.
The festivities will include an opportunity to meet and greet Santa Claus and numerous mascots including Iceburgh and Barkley.
Beginning at Noon, Mayor Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald will take the stage to lead the countdown to illuminate the city's Christmas tree.
Following the city's tree lighting ceremony on the Grant Street Portico of the City-County Building, the holiday music will continue until 1 p.m. with entertainment by the St. Rosalia Academy Choir.
All attending the gathering will enjoy cookies provided by the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and coffee compliments of Starbucks.
The theme of this year's tree is PITTSBURGH'S BICENTENNIAL: OUR PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE, and the 450 decorations adorning the tree include custom Wendell August ornaments.
Title sponsor of the Bicentennial Christmas Tree is Key Bank. Official ornament sponsor is Wedell August. Additional support of the tree and festivities comes from Dollar Bank and HackPGH.
For more information regarding the city’s tree light ceremony, call Citiparks at 412-255-2493.