Since its inception in 2002 when Downtown hotels held a competition to benefit the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund, the holidays simply haven’t been complete without the annual Gingerbread House Display & Competition.
Hundreds of delicious gingerbread dwellings – created by talented individuals, families, organizations, students and chefs from the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and the Western Pennsylvania region – will remain on display from Light Up Night (November 22) through early January.
CONGRATULATIONS, 2019 WINNERS!
The City of Pittsburgh is proud to serve as the new home of the 17th annual Gingerbread House Display & Competition. The display will open to the public on Light Up Night in conjunction with the 104th lighting of the City of Pittsburgh’s Christmas Tree.
November 22, 2019 – January 3, 2020*
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mondays thru Saturdays; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays
City-County Building Grand Lobby
*November 27, December 24, and December 31 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
NOTICE: Guests of the City-County Building are subject to a light security screening. Visitation outside of official hours will required guests to provide photo identification at the building's Ross Street entrance.
DATE: Thursday, December 26, 2019
TIME: 5 p.m.
PLACE: City-County Building
Join Mayor William Peduto and community leaders in lighting the giant 12-foot Menorah located in front of the City County Building. The Menorah serves as a beacon of light, symbolizing freedom and peace for all. The celebration includes live music and Chanukah refreshments.
OFFICIAL CITY CHRISTMAS TREE
Pittsburgh's official Christmas Tree was first erected at the construction site of the City-County Building in 1915. For 104 years since, a beautiful 60-foot live evergreen (the only live tree Downtown!) has graced the front steps of our seat of government.
Visitors will enjoy hundreds of larger than life ornaments, including Pittsburgh’s Coat of Arms designed by Wendell August, and 90 distinct ornaments, each bearing the name of Pittsburgh's beloved neighborhoods. Try to spot your favorite!
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING & MORE AT THE CITY-COUNTY BUILDING ON LIGHT UP NIGHT
DATE: Friday, November 22, 2019
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 p.m. - 8 p.m. The festivities continue outdoors with performances by Pittsburgh Musical Theater's "Extreme Teen Broadway" and CMU Treblemakers A Cappella.
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.