Photo by JC McGreehan

We all know Pittsburgh is one of the best cities in the world. During the holidays, it transforms into an even more magical place. Here are 17 of the many reasons Pittsburgh is the best city in the world during the holiday season.

17. Sledding at Schenley Park

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There’s something so delightful about sledding in Schenley Park that you feel like a kid again.

16. The Wintergarden at PPG Place

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There’s nothing better in the cold winter than PPG Place’s indoor garden.

15. The Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning

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There’s just something cozy and inviting about them during the holiday season.

14. The way the city looks after a fresh snowfall

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Photo by Darrell Sapp | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

After a fresh snow, there’s a certain quiet and peacefulness about the city.

13. Holiday versions of our favorite team gear

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There’s nothing more fun than a Steeler Santa hat or a Pens holiday jersey.

12. Holiday lights at Kennywood

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Kennywood is extra special during the holiday season when it’s lit up with twinkling lights.

11. The Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village

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Seeing the railroad has become a Christmas tradition for years in the area.

10. Cookies, cookies and more cookies

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Photo by Jodi McKinney

Thumbprints, Smiley cookies, pizzelles, you name it, chances are a Pittsburgh bakery makes it!

9. Light up Night’s magic

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The night brings the unofficial kickoff to the Pittsburgh holiday season.

8. The Carnegie Museum of Art’s Christmas trees

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The trees are truly breathtaking and definitely worth a look.

7. The Créche 

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The Pittsburgh Créche is the only authorized replica of the nativity scene at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

6. Phipps’ Winter Flower Show

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Photo by Paul G. Wiegman

The gorgeous transformation every year makes for an exciting trip to see what Phipps dreamed up.

5. All the opportunities to ice skate

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South Park, North Park, PPG Place and everywhere in between are all opportunities for a fun afternoon or evening of ice skating.

4. Driving around to look at all the holiday light displays

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Pittsburgh neighborhoods don’t disappoint when it comes to holiday light displays.

3. Local churches decorated for Christmas

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The breathtaking church decorations at First Presbyterian, St. Paul’s Cathedral and others are especially beautiful during the holidays.

2. Doing holiday shopping at local small businesses.

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Shadyside, Lawrenceville and many other Pittsburgh neighborhoods are perfect for shopping locally.

1. The people of our city coming together to be even warmer and friendlier than usual!

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Pittsburgh is full of wonderful people. Those people believe it or not give even MORE wonderful over the holiday season.

Ever wonder what Christmas songs would be called if they were written by Pittsburghers?  

 

 

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