Mayor To Light City's Holiday Tree At 12:35 PM This Friday

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Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will officially kick off the City of Pittsburgh's holiday festivities by lighting the holiday tree at 12:35 p.m. on Friday, November 20th on the Grant Street Portico of the City-County Building.

"We're excited to kick off an entire day of holiday celebrations happening downtown for Light Up Night," said Ravenstahl. "The noontime tree lighting is an extraordinary event filled with holiday cheer, entertainment, mascots, free refreshments, and even an opportunity to donate to the Salvation Army."

The Salvation Army Ensemble will begin performing on the Portico at 11:10 a.m. 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. Individuals may drop donations into the World's Largest Kettle - a 1,125-gallon, 2,800-pound Salvation Army kettle that is approximately 5'8" tall and 8' in diameter at the lid.

At noon, the Point Park University Singers will entertain the crowd. Festivities will include an opportunity to meet and greet Santa Claus, Mr. McFeely from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, characters from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's performance of "The Nutcracker," and numerous mascots including Kenny Kangaroo and the Pennsylvania Resources Council Litterbug.

At 12:35 p.m., Mayor Ravenstahl will lead the countdown to illuminate the decorated holiday tree - a 40-foot Colorado blue spruce donated by a City resident.

"Seasons Greenings" is the theme for this year's holiday celebration. "The theme serves as an extension of the City's ongoing commitment to practicing environmental stewardship," said Ravenstahl.

Citiparks once again sponsored an ornament competition for school students in kindergarten through high school, and all entries will hang on the holiday tree. Students from City public, private and parochial schools participated in the tree decorating project. Students were challenged to create ornaments from natural materials rather than plastic. Other ‘green' elements of the tree lighting event will include using compostable and recycled materials.

Following the lighting ceremony, the Point Park University Singers will resume performing holiday music until 1:00 p.m. All attending the gathering will enjoy cookies provided by the International Culinary Schools at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh as well as coffee compliments Mitchell's Restaurant and apple cider compliments of Giant Eagle.

For more information, contact Citiparks at 412-255-2493.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009


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