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Santa Sightings in Pittsburgh

Best Places to Take Kids to See Santa in the City of Pittsburgh

By Lisa Williams - Publisher of Macaroni Kid Pittsburgh City November 28, 2022

Macaroni KID Pittsburgh has your go-to list of Santas in Pittsburgh.  If you know any that we are missing please send us e-mail HERE so we can get them added!


Santa Zoom

πŸ“Heinz Hall Courtyard

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!

REGULAR SEASON HOURS
NOV. 18 - DEC. 23, 2022

Wednesday - Friday: Noon - 3 p.m. & 4 - 7 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 8 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 6 p.m.

GRAND OPENING DAY HOURS
Friday, Nov. 18: Noon - 3 p.m. & 4 - 7 p.m.

LIGHT UP NIGHT HOURS
Saturday, Nov. 19: Noon - 4 p.m.

BLACK FRIDAY HOURS
Friday, Nov. 25: Noon - 8 p.m.

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.




Photos with Santa

πŸ“Heinz History Center

Join the Heinz History Center from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, Dec. 17, Dec. 24 to take photos with Santa Claus (museum admission ticket required).

Stop by the first-floor Great Hall for a photo with Old Saint Nick sitting in an exact replica of the chair from Kaufmann’s Santaland, then explore artifacts that highlight the region’s holiday traditions.

Santa visits are included with regular museum admission and are supported by Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. All kids aged 17 and under receive FREE admission to the Heinz History Center now through Jan. 8, 2023 when accompanied by a paying adult, thanks to support from community partners UPMC and Howard Hanna Real Estate Services






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Virtual Stories with Santa

πŸ“Online with Phipps Botanical Garden

Children are invited to join us for a special free Phipps Story Time session with Santa this holiday season! Santa will be reading a book to children on select evenings from Nov. 29 – Dec. 22. Join in on a storytime session to enjoy a winter-themed tale from the man in the big red suit as a special holiday treat.

Storytimes will run every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 pm and 7 pm until December 22nd. 

There will be a special ASL Interpretation storytime on Thursday, December 15th. Santa will be accompanied by ASL interpreter Jennifer Flaggs for both performances. 

Find out more information and register HERE.




Santa Photos at the Waterfront

πŸ“Town Center, next to Carhartt

Meet Santa & Take Home Priceless Memories

  • Get photos with Santa at The Waterfront, and take home priceless memories you’ll treasure for years to come!
  • A $5 reservation fee is required.
  • Proceeds benefit Jeremiah’s Place.
  • Make your reservations here>>
  • Walk-ins are welcome.
  • Sensory Friendly Hour: Sunday, December 11 • 11pm-12pm



PGH Santa Claus virtual

A live visit with Santa from the comfort and safety of your own home! 

More Info: WEBSITE  |  FACEBOOK


Events where you can see Santa in the City of Pittsburgh:

December 6th

Fun with BLACK SANTA at YSGA Charter School

December 10th

πŸŽ…πŸ» Breakfast With Santa at Hard Rock Cafe

December 11th

Santa Sundays at Fun Slides Park

December 17th

πŸŽ…πŸ» Breakfast With Santa at Hard Rock Cafe

Holiday Community Day at August Wilson

December 18th

Santa Sundays at Fun Slides Park


Alexa Santa engagements:

Call Santa - enable this skill and say “Alexa, call Santa” and Alexa will connect you to Old St. Nick and all his friends at the North Pole.

Santa Claus - enable this skill and say “Alexa, start Santa Claus.” Alexa will ask your kid a series of questions to determine whether they are on the naughty or nice list!

Christmas Countdown - enable this skill and ask “Alexa, how many sleeps until Christmas?” to launch the Christmas Countdown Skill where she will tell you how many sleeps until Christmas and your kids will receive an update from Santa himself!

The Night Before Christmas - enable this skill and say “Alexa, Open The Night Before Christmas” to hear a three-minute version of the poem by Clement Clarke Moore


Get your FREE printable personalized letter from Santa HERE!