Pittsburgh Happenings: November 21-27

We are almost to Thanksgiving and fabulous events embracing the creeping start of winter are in full gear. Get holly and jolly by exploring light displays in the city, celebrating Thanksgiving with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, or taking in a play on a classic book with a seasonal twist. No matter the choice, share it with your loved ones as a way to get into that special holiday feeling. 

A Christmas tree lit up in the middle of an ice rink surrounded by city buildings and more lights.
Photo courtesy of The UPMC Rink at PPG Place

Holiday Lights Walking Tour

Downtown Pittsburgh, November 22 – January 1

Stroll through the city decorated with holiday cheer and bright light displays. Visit the world’s largest pickle ornament, gingerbread house displays, and of course the giant PPG Place Christmas tree surrounded by the UPMC Ice Rink. The walking tour ends at the Peoples Gas Holiday Market so you can get some shopping done while having a blast.

Randall Goosby plays the violin with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Thanksgiving with Randall Goosby

Heinz Hall, November 24 – 26

Cherish the gratitude of Thanksgiving with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and violinist Randall Goosby, a protégé of Itzhak Perlman. Delight in a joyful concert featuring ​​Gloria Isabel Ramos’ Joy, Korngold’s Violin Concerto, and Strauss’ Family Waltzes & Polkas. Plus there will be many chances to come together as a community with different celebratory activities.

A colorful stained glass Christmas tree stands in the center of holiday lights.
Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens

Dazzling Nights

Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens, November 24 – January 1

Immerse yourself in a mile-long awe-inspiring holiday experience. The Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens decorates its outside space with millions of tiny twinkling lights each winter season. There’s beauty at every turn whether you’re dancing through a tunnel of stars or posing with a stained glass tree.

A woman with dark hair holds up the fringed arm of a red jacket.
Photo courtesy of FashionAFRICANA


Pittsburgh Public Theater, November 25

Explore amazing creations by leading Black and African designers and artists all in style and elegance. Taste some premier African cuisine, dance away to moving rhythms, and view the vibrant atmosphere. The gala is by FashionAFRICANA and this year’s theme, “AFRICANISM,” celebrates the global influence of African culture on contemporary movements.

A ground of victorian characters gather around a piano to sing a song.
Photo courtesy of Virginia Repertory Theatre and Aaron Sutten

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

City Theater Mainstage, November 25 – December 17

This one’s for all the book lovers out there. Dive into the world of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in this play by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, directed by Kyle Haden. Follow the Bennets, Darcys, and Bingleys, for a Christmas at Pemberly when an unexpected guest makes an appearance.

See what else we’re excited about this November. 

Story by Kylie Thomas

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