November 22 - December 30
With nearly 2 million twinkling lights, the return of The Gingerbread Express, and a choreographed light show on the lagoon, Pittsburgh's favorite amusement park has transformed itself into the winter wonderland of our childhood dreams. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in December you can check out the state's tallest Christmas tree, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D, holiday songs performed by local choirs, and all attractions -- including a tree lighting ceremony, Doc Dixon's interactive magic show, and a variety of rides -- are included with the price of admission.
Cost: General Admission starts at $18.49 with discounts available
The Oaks Theater
Perfect for those among us who love the more cynical and chaotic side of holiday cheer, the Oaks Theater will be throwing a National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation BBQ. Grab a $10 boxed dinner from Burk's BBQ and get ready to party because, in the words of this movie's endearingly flawed patriarch, "Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas!"
Cost: Tickets are $8 (but must be purchased in advance)
Carnegie Museum of Art
This year, CMOA is giving you the chance to get dressed up in your most exquisite finery for the 2019 Winter Wonderland. At this 21+ event you'll get to peruse the Hall of Architecture and the 18th-century Neapolitan nativity scene under the winter night sky Aside from two dance floors and special gallery tours, guests will get to create their own screen-printed cards, craft a winter keepsake, and draw live models who will be adorned in elaborate costumes
Cost: General admission is $25. $20 tickets available for CMOA members.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Super Science Saturdays is a family-friendly program that will be highlighting the traditions of other cultures through a variety of crafts, artifacts, and holiday foods like Italian pizzelles. The special holiday program will be led by museum experts from noon to 4pm, and its different holiday-themed stations will feature interactive activities like a Santa letter writing station and the opportunity to pet Sven the reindeer! The museum will also offer a sensory friendly event on December 28th.
Cost: Free with museum admission
December 14 & 15
Holidays got ya stressed? Take a break from the hubbub and bring the whole family out for a rooftop brunch with Santa and his reindeer! While kids create ornaments and decorate some holiday cookies, parents can head over to the bar for a festive cocktail or some hot apple cider made by Santa's very own elves. And be sure to visit Santa's reindeer crew up close for a truly one-of-a-kind holiday experience your kids won't soon forget.
Cost: Rooftop visit only is $10. Brunch buffet/rooftop visit is $38 for adults and $18 for children.
Whether you're just a sucker for regional wares or you kind of, completely forgot it was the holiday season, the Made + Found special holiday market is here to soothe your woes. With 40 vendors to choose from, hawking everything from artisan bowties to soy candles to botanical provisions, you'll have trouble NOT finding what you're looking for. Bring your kids, bring your dogs, grab some brunch, go buckwild.