HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING AT CITY-COUNTY BUILDING ON LIGHT UP NIGHT
TIME: 4:45 - 9 p.m.
PLACE: City-County Building
The celebration to kick off the 2019 City of Pittsburgh holiday season begins with the lighting of Pittsburgh's 104th Christmas Tree on the Portico of the City-County Building. The Salvation Army Brass Band performs holiday favorites as the crowd gathers along Grant Street. Mayor William Peduto and other guests lead the countdown to illuminate a 60-foot lavishly decorated evergreen at 5:15 p.m.
At 5:45 p.m. the City-County Building doors formally open with a ribbon cutting to unveil the 17th annual Gingerbread House Display & Competition, which celebrates its first year at its new location in the City-County Building's Grand Lobby. A delightful display of hundreds of delicious gingerbread dwellings created by talented individuals, families, organizations, students and chefs fills the Grand Lobby and remains on display throughout the holiday season.
Outside, the musically timed City-County Building Light Show illuminates the Grant Street facade every 30 minutes between 6 - 8 p.m. The festivities continue outdoors with performances by Pittsburgh Musical Theater's "Xtreme Teen Broadway" at 6:05 p.m. and CMU Treblemakers A Cappella at 6:35 p.m.
TOURS OF CITY HALL
Activities include free guided tours of the historic City-County Building from 6 - 9 p.m.
Pittsburgh's historic seat of government -- designed by legendary architect Henry Hornbostel -- celebrated its centennial in 2017. Learn about the rich culture of Pittsburgh by touring the building's historic State Rooms and rarely seen spaces including the Archival Vault. CLICK HERE to learn more about the history of City Hall.
PITTSBURGH'S OFFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE
Pittsburgh's official Christmas Tree was first erected at the construction site of the City-County Building in 1915. For more than a century, a beautiful 60-foot live evergreen (the only live holiday tree Downtown) has graced the front steps of our seat of government. Visitors enjoy hundreds of larger than life ornaments, including Pittsburgh’s Coat of Arms designed by Wendell August Forge and 90 distinct ornaments, each bearing the name of Pittsburgh's beloved neighborhoods. Be sure to spot your favorite!