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Installation of Pittsburgh's 108th Christmas Tree Traffic Restrictions Announced

Installation of Pittsburgh’s 108th Christmas Tree

Traffic Restrictions Announced


PITTSBURGH - On Saturday, November 11th, travel around the City-County Building will be restricted to allow the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works Forestry Division to transport and install the 108th City of Pittsburgh Christmas Tree. The closures will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and affect Grant Street between Third Avenue and Firth Avenue. Then on Sunday, November 12th, the northbound travel lane of Grant Street closest to the City-County Building will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 2p.m. for crews to finish tree decorating. 

During the delivery of the 108th Christmas Tree, drivers can expect temporary delays and rolling traffic closures beginning at 7:30 a.m. to 9:30a.m. on Saturday, November 11th along Freeport Road in Springdale to the Hulton Bridge, along Allegheny Avenue in Oakmont along Allegheny River Blvd. Through Verona and Penn Hills then again along Washington Blvd. To the 5th Ave entrance to the Busway in the City of Pittsburgh.  

About Pittsburgh’s 108th Christmas Tree  

The 108th City of Pittsburgh Christmas Tree is a 40-foot blue spruce donated by the Guardian Angels Catholic Parish of Natrona Heights, Springdale Campus. The tree will journey to the City-County Building, where it will be adorned with lights and ornaments, and serve as the city’s official tree through the New Year. 

The tree is one of Downtown’s oldest traditions with the first official City of Pittsburgh Christmas Tree erected in 1914, on what was then the construction site of the City-County Building.   

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Festivities at The City-County Building 

The annual City of Pittsburgh Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & City-County Building Lightshow will take place on Grant Street in front of the City-County Building beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 18th, and will feature Louie Castle and Uptown Rhythm & Brass, as well as carriage rides. The 108th Christmas Tree will be lit at 5 p.m. by Mayor Ed Gainey and will feature rooftop fireworks. The musically timed City-County Building Holiday Lightshow will take place at 5:20 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.    

Also returning this year is the 21st Annual Gingerbread House Display and Competition. This beloved Pittsburgh tradition has dazzled thousands of visitors for the past 20 years. The display can be viewed in the grand lobby of the City-County Building beginning on Light Up Night through early January.  

Individuals looking for additional information on this year’s City-County Building Tree Lighting festivities may visit:  

For the full schedule of events for Highmark Light Up Night by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership visit: 


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Olga George
Press Secretary
Mayor's Office