2023 Guide to Downtown Pittsburgh's Holiday Season

December 15, 2023

Do you have spend a day in downtown Pittsburgh on your winter bucket list? If so we have all of the details and important information you need to make your day a memory your family will never forget!


Visit Santa

πŸ“ Heinz Hall Courtyard

NOV. 18 - DEC. 23, 2022

Wednesday - Friday: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 18: Noon - 3 p.m. & 4 - 7 p.m.

Get a Keepsake Photo πŸ“Έ

After one-on-one time with Santa, you’ll receive a printed photo of the visit to treasure for a $10 suggested donation to the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. It’s a great way to create memories and help support our neighbors in need this season!

Visit with either a Black or white Santa!

Once again, families have the wonderful option for their young ones to visit with either a Black or White Santa. Just let Santa’s helpers know which you prefer.

Holiday KidsPlay & Selfie Garden

Get creative at KidsPlay 

πŸ“Sixth St. and Liberty Ave. (Across from Santa’s House)

NOV. 18 - DEC. 24, 2023

Wednesdays - Fridays: 3:00-8:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sundays: 11:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.

November 18 LIGHT UP NIGHT HOURS: Noon - 8 p.m.

November 24 BLACK FRIDAY HOURS: Noon - 8 p.m.

Find a variety of family-friendly, hands-on activities in partnership with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Fred Rogers Productions!

  • Decorate a Mister Rogers sweater ornament and write what you’re thankful for to hang on the “Thank You Tree.” You’ll also find activities for favorite characters from Fred Rogers Productions. 
  • Hands-on craft stations – Show your dill-light by decorating a holiday pickle ornament to take home. 
  • Sunday Story Time with Fred Rogers Productions in partnership with WQED – Sundays at Noon and 1 pm. Let the little ones listen to local librarians in an interactive reading of favorite books featuring friends from Fred Rogers Productions. Plus, every family can take home a story time activity bag (while supplies last)  
  • Embark on a Math and Pattern Quest with Peg+Cat! Join Peg+Cat on a learning adventure! Discover the world of numbers and patterns through an exciting bean bag toss and an engaging pattern/shape matching game, where learning and fun go hand-in-hand.

Holiday Selfie Garden Presented by Fred Rogers Productions 

πŸ“Heinz Hall Courtyard
NOV. 18 - DEC. 23, 2023

Open Weekends & Black Friday

Saturday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18th 2 - 6 p.m.

The beautiful outdoor Heinz Hall Courtyard is delightfully transformed into a child’s television dreamland. Welcome to the Holiday Selfie Garden! 

You'll find colorful backdrops and life-sized standees of popular characters from Fred Rogers Productions' beloved children's shows airing on PBS KIDS, like Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Donkey Hodie, Alma's Way, and Odd Squad

At this special outdoor venue, families, kids, and kids-at-heart can safely capture fun photos, perfectly posed holiday memories, or wildly whimsical selfies. Popular scenes and favorite characters seen on WQED will be waiting for you and your family. 

At night, take a stroll through the Holiday KidsPlay Selfie Garden courtyard that’s been illuminated with twinkling lights and magical rainbows of reflection to capture the holiday spirit with the whole family.  (DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD © 2012 The Fred Rogers Company. All rights reserved. DONKEY HODIE © 2021, The Fred Rogers Company. All rights reserved.)

Peoples Gas Holiday Market™

πŸ“ Market Square, Downtown Pittsburgh

2023 Season Hours: 

Regular Hours: November 17-December 21

Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday + Saturday: 11 a.m.. – 9:30 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Special Dates:

Soft Opening: Thursday, Nov 16: 4 – 8 p.m.

Thanksgiving: Thursday, Nov 23: closed

Final Weekend Extension:

Friday, December 22: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, December 23: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Christmas Eve: Sunday, December 24: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

*Hours are weather permitting and subject to change. Check this website for updated times before attending.

Shop from more vendors than ever before as you stroll through an illuminated Market Square at the tenth annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market™, weaving through wooden chalets brimming with high-quality gifts and holiday experiences uniquely filled with international flair and local charm.

2023 Full-time Vendors | Visiting Vendors | Entertainment

Getting to Downtown & Around

Bus, Bike, & Light Rail

Getting to Downtown Pittsburgh is easy via public transit. Plan your trip using the Port Authority’s Trip Planner, or utilize Healthy Ride Bike Share and the bike lane network to bike into town. Don’t forget: once you’re Downtown, the Light Rail free fare zone can get you from Downtown to the North Shore quickly and for free.

Planning on driving?

If you are driving, park towards the edges of Downtown to make arriving and exiting easier on your group without getting stuck in traffic. Check for real-time parking garage availability, and rest assured that Downtown is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the city.  Recommended parking locations include the Grant Street Transportation Center and the Market Square Garage, as well as options on the North Shore which include free light rail rides into Downtown. 


With numerous hotels located throughout the neighborhood, it’s easy to make a vacation weekend out of Highmark Light Up Night® and the Peoples Gas Holiday Market! View a full listing of Downtown hotels at

🚧 Light Up Night® 2023 Road Closures 🚧

Friday 11/17 6 PM – Sunday 11/19 3 AM:

  • Stanwix Street northbound from Liberty Avenue to Fort Duquesne Blvd
  • Penn Avenue Extension from Stanwix Street to Gateway T-station Triangle
  • Penn Avenue from 6th Street to Stanwix Street (allowing garage traffic)
  • Fort Duquesne Blvd westbound from Stanwix Street to 7th Street

Saturday 11/18 1 AM – Sunday 11/19 3 AM:

  • Stanwix Street southbound from Liberty Avenue to Fort Duquesne Blvd
  • Fort Duquesne Blvd eastbound from Stanwix Street to 6th Street (allowing garage traffic &
    dock access)
  • Fort Pitt Bridge Ramp to Fort Duquesne Blvd
  • Fort Duquesne Bridge Ramp to Fort Duquesne Blvd
  • Cecil Place between Fort Duquesne Blvd & Penn Avenue (partial closure)

Saturday 11/18 4 PM - 11:59 PM:

  • Fourth Avenue from Stanwix Street to Wood Street

Saturday 11/18 4 PM - 9:30 PM:

  • Market Square
  • Forbes Avenue between Stanwix Street & Market Square
  • Graeme Street between Fifth Avenue & Market Square
  • Market Street between Fifth Avenue & Market Square
  • Commonwealth Place past Wyndham Hotel valet to Stanwix. Street (garage traffic only, exit only after 4 PM)
  • Fort Duquesne & 6th Street garage – exit only.

Saturday 11/18 6:30* PM - 9:30 PM:

  • Fort Duquesne Boulevard eastbound from 6th Street to 7th Street (*May close as early as 3 PM, crowd dependent.)

Saturday 11/18 8 PM - 9:30 PM:

  • 6th Street from Liberty Avenue to Fort Duquesne Boulevard
  • Penn Ave from EQT Garage entrance to 7th Street
  • Barkers Place from Penn Avenue to Fort Duquesne Boulevard
  • Scott Place from Penn Avenue to Fort Duquesne Boulevard
  • McCrea Way from 6th Street to Barkers Place