GET FESTIVE WITH THESE HOLIDAY EVENTS AROUND PITTSBURGH

The holiday season is in full swing, and if you’ve already decorated your place, trimmed the tree and wrapped your presents early, you might be wondering what else you can do to get in the festive spirit. Luckily, there are a ton of charming, all-ages holiday events going on in and around Pittsburgh, from musical happenings to makers markets and much more. Here are a few of the events that we have on our December event calendars.

Handmade Arcade – Saturday, December 8

Do your holiday shopping from some of Pittsburgh’s best makers and artisans at this annual holiday marketplace at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Find Urbanist favorites like Bombabird, Reiko Yamamoto & PG&H, plus dozens of other vendors slinging everything from wooden wall art to handmade jewelry.

Fire Fest at Grist House – Saturday, December 8

Who says that you can’t party in the cold!? The folks at Grist House don’t like to be cooped up inside, so  make a point of utilizing our outdoor space all year round. Look for the cold weather patio party to celebrate their four new firepits with can releases, food trucks, Maggie’s Farm Rum cocktails and more!

Sharing Knives: Apteka’s Eastern European Christmas Dinner with Kate Lasky & Tomasz Skowronski – Wednesday, December 19

Get your tickets early for this collaboration dinner between the Ace Hotel and Apteka, showcasing the best in Eastern European Christmas dishes — all vegan, of course. Spring for the optional wine and cocktail pairings and wear something velvet to make the evening even more festive.

Made + Found Holiday Market – Sunday, December 16

Shop for handmade gifts and vintage finds at this mega-popular maker market at the Ace Hotel. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., which gives you plenty of time to buy vintage denim, locally made candles, bespoke ceramics and jewelry galore for everyone on your list. Bring your dog along for the fun, and don’t forget to grab a cocktail from the lobby bar to sip while you shop.

Let It Glow! at Phipps Conservatory 

All winter long, head to Phipps Conservatory for one of the best holiday light (and floral) displays in town. We love visiting Phipps any time of year, but the addition of color-changing architectural lighting, 10 six-foot-tall winter ice towers, a majestic 22-foot Fraser fir tree, and the new “Garden Railroad: Memories in Motion” exhibit makes it even more special.

Elf the Musical at Heinz Hall – December 26 – December 30
Is there a better Christmas movie than Elf? We can’t think of one — and if you share the same opinion about this sweet and silly holiday film, you’ll want to snag your tickets soon for the on-stage adaptation. Make a night of it with dinner and drinks downtown before setting out for an evening of laughs and all the good holiday feels at beautiful Heinz Hall.