This spectacular Pittsburgh weekend brings plenty of things to do, from visiting Kennywood’s Holiday Lights to a yoga class, brunch and beer tasting in one to braving the icy Ohio River (more about that below!). We hope you enjoy another fun-filled Pittsburgh weekend!


Friday Dec. 9th

Kennywood Holiday Lights


If you’re longing for the warm summer nights at Kennywood, this is the next best thing. Think warm and cozy lights enveloping you as you stroll through Kennywood, transformed into a winter wonderland. Rides open include the Olde Kennywood Railroad (aka the “Gingerbread Express”), carousel, paratrooper, kangaroo, Ghostwood Estate (with a special Christmas theme), the turtle, auto race, Noah’s Ark, the pirate ship and a few Kiddieland rides. Kennywood also opens the Potato Patch for this special holiday tradition! 5-9 p.m., $18.99 for adults, $16.99 at select Giant Eagle locations, children 2 and under free, for more information on the lights click HERE.

Smithfield United Church of Christ Cookie Walk


This lunchtime (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) holiday fundraiser is the perfect Friday afternoon treat! Head down to Smithfield Street for a cookie parade of sorts—think thumbprints, gingerbread men, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter and more. There is also a homemade lunch and proceeds benefit the church’s Women’s Fellowship and Outreach Projects. Cost depends on what you buy, for more information on the cookie walk click HERE.

Saturday Dec. 10th

The Art of Conversation


With Christmas and New Years fast approaching, this could be the perfect event to attend! This talk given by Susan Morris at the Carnegie Library includes tips on how to ask good questions, listen well and how to spice up a conversation going absolutely nowhere. You’ll be the hit of your holiday party! 2:30 p.m., Free, for more information on the talk click HERE.

Polar Plunge


Are you brave enough to jump into the Ohio River in the middle of December? Yeah, we weren’t either. This fundraiser benefits Special Olympics and starts bright and early at 9 a.m. There is a $50 minimum donation for participants but for spectators, admission is free. Stage AE will play host to a festival around the plunge, with food, live music, celebrity guests and more. For more information on the plunger, click HERE.

Sunday Dec. 11th

Bend, Brews and Brunch


This event is such a steal! For $35, enjoy 75 minutes of vinyasa yoga, a choice of three brunch options and a beer flight tasting. Pure Power Yoga and Spoonwood Brewing Company are bringing this Sunday afternoon of fun to you. Everything starts at 8 a.m. so set that alarm bright and early! $35.46, for more information on the event click HERE.

Highmark Holiday Pops


It wouldn’t be the holiday season in Pittsburgh without a trip to see the pops! Take the whole family to the Sunday matinee concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy vocals by the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and of course, a special appearance by the big man in red at the end! $24-99, Heinz Hall, for more information on the pops click HERE.



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