1 - UPMC Ultimate Holiday Tree Experience
Come see the dazzling Christmas tree centered in the UPMC Rink at PPG Place. You can watch this sound and sight extravaganza for free, or get the details on ice skating prices and reservations here.
The Spirit of Giving from Around the World
This annual Pittsburgh tradition of life-size Santas from folklore and ethnic traditions represents 16 countries. Consider your family’s ancestry and learn about other customs. You can see the exhibit Downtown in the exterior windows of Two PPG Place and in the lobby of One PPG Place along Fourth Avenue through Jan. 1. Free.
2 - Pitt Nationality Rooms - Holiday Open House - Sunday, Dec. 4 from Noon - 4pm, FREE
In the spirit of an open house tradition and to foster connections among neighbors, members of the Nationality and Heritage Room Committees will welcome guests into the Cathedral of Learning for an afternoon of exploration and engagement. Guests will be invited into the Nationality and Heritage Rooms which will be decorated for the holiday season and can participate in traditional crafts and cultural demonstrations to learn about the rooms, the committees, and their ethnic communities and traditions. In the Cathedral of Learning Commons, guests will enjoy traditional foods and baked goods as they listen to world and holiday music and shop for handcrafted and cultural wares and other items that represent the cultural diversity of the Nationality and Heritage Rooms. St. Nicholas will make an appearance for photos with children and families.
The event is free and open to the public. Food and gift items will be available for purchase.
3 - Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive
Doing good deeds is a terrific way to help kids understand and emulate the spirit of Fred Rogers — and the spirit of the holiday season. The Children’s Museum in Pittsburgh has hosted the Sweater Drive for 23 years, collecting more than 42,000 sweaters. Gather and donate new and gently worn sweaters in adult and children’s sizes in the bins at the museum from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily (and also at the Oaklander Hotel) through Dec. 15. Everything is always at www.kidsburgh.org too!
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