The Salvation Army Ensemble performed on the Portico as the crowd gathered before noon. Throughout the City’s lunchtime celebration, individuals had an opportunity to donate new and gently used toys as well as non-perishable food items to the Salvation Army Food & Toy Drive.
At noon the Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Middle School Concert Choir entertained the crowd. The lunchtime festivities included an opportunity to meet and greet Santa Claus and numerous mascots including Pirate Parrot, Steely McBeam and Pittsburgh Zoo Polar Bear.
At 12:35 p.m., Mayor Ravenstahl led the countdown to illuminate the decorated holiday tree.
Following the tree lighting ceremony, holiday music continued until 1:00 p.m. on the Grant Street Portico of the City-County Building. All attending the gathering enjoyed cookies provided by the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, premium hot chocolate and coffee provided by Crazy Mocha and hot apple cider.
Holiday Ornament Project
Each year the Mayor and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation invite public, private, parochial and chartered schools to create an ornament to exhibit on the holiday tree showcased in the Light Up Night Ceremony to ring in the holiday season.
2013 Theme: The Ties that Bind
Please see the Holiday Tree Lighting Photo Gallery below- click on thumbnail to view