9 Pittsburgh Attractions Perfect for Holiday Guests

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The holidays are fast approaching and if you’re expecting company this season, you’ll want to take them some unforgettable places around Pittsburgh. These are just some of the many wonderful places to take out of towners that will leave them thinking Pittsburgh is truly unforgettable.


Heinz Hall

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The majestic Heinz Hall with its gorgeous chandelier and lovely columns in the interior has a wonderful lineup coming for the holiday season. Expect to see the Highmark Holiday Pops, Handel’s Messiah, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical. More information and tickets for the whole family can be found here.

Duquesne Incline

The Duquesne Incline is a traditional stop for everyone visiting the ‘burgh. Take the family up to the top and take some lovely reunion photos around Thanksgiving and use them for the Christmas card! More information on the incline, including prices can be found here.

Carnegie Science Center

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If you’re expecting a lot of kids this season, take them to a museum they’ll surely never forget. Buhl Planetarium is a great place for budding astronauts. There’s also live shows throughout the day that add to the truly entertaining experience. More information on the science center can be found here.

Cathedral of Learning

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The Cathedral of Learning, the centerpiece of Pitt’s campus, is on the National Register of Historic Places. During the holiday season, the Cathedral of Learning’s nationality rooms are decorated corresponding to each country’s traditional holiday decor. Make this a must-see for the whole family this year! More information on the nationality rooms’ holiday plans can be found here.

Heinz Chapel

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Heinz Memorial Chapel, a nondenominational chapel, is a popular wedding spot for Pittsburghers. The chapel was given to the University of Pittsburgh by the H.J. Heinz family and dedicated in 1938. In addition to weddings, it hosts religious services, classes, lectures, concerts and more. The chapel also offers guided tours perfect to take the family to this season. More information on the chapel can be found here.

PPG Place

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The UPMC Ice Rink at PPG Place will reopen on Friday November 17th. Centered by a spectacular Christmas tree, you can spend an afternoon of unforgettable fun this holiday season with the whole family. More information on the rink at PPG Place can be found here.

Phipps Conservatory

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Phipps Conservatory’s fall and winter shows are definitely not to be missed. Bring the family for the winter light garden and revel in its twinkling glory. More information on Phipps and its flower shows can be found here.


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Prantl’s is home to the unforgettable almond torte. Take visitors to the bakery to indulge in the sweet that was For more information on Prantl’s, click here.

Andy Warhol Museum

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The Warhol Museum is the largest museum in North America. Fridays are open until 10 p.m. so if you’re looking for some late-night fun, the Warhol is it! The café and store have some pretty fun gifts and eats worth checking out too. More information on the museum can be found here.


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