Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh is for friends, family and loved ones.  It can be a magical time.  Here are 9 must-do things on our list to have a great Pittsburgh Thanksgiving.  What’s on your list?

1. See the WPXI Holiday Parade

Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh

On Saturday November 30th at 9 a.m., the annual WPXI Holiday Parade takes place in downtown Pittsburgh. Enjoy lots of local talent, marching bands and more.

2. Give back to those in need

Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh

There are plenty of chances to give back to those less fortunate in your community. Pittsburgh Cares helps connect people to volunteer opportunities in their neighborhoods. The Salvation Army of Western PA offers Thanksgiving (and Christmas) dinners to those in need. There’s also four county-wide dinners and community dinners at Worship and Service Centers in the area.

3. See the Phipps Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show & Light Garden

Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh

The 2019 Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden opens at Phipps on Friday November 29th, the day after Thanksgiving. This year’s Festival of Trees will include a rainbow glow tree, frozen forest and even a tree carousel.

4. Head to Kennywood’s Holiday Lights

Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh

Opening November 22nd, Kennywood’s annual Holiday Lights spectacular features almost two million lights around the park. The Holiday Lights are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend from 5-9 p.m.

5. Do the YMCA Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh

The 29th Annual YMCA Turkey Trot is a family-friendly event on Thanksgiving morning. There are options for a family one mile run/walk, Turkey Trot 5K or a Pittsburgh Pirates 5-mile run.

6. Play a game of flag or touch football at a local park

Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh

Use a local park and grab the whole family to play a game of flag or touch football.  This thanksgiving in Pittsburgh tradition can be seen throughout the region!

7. Become a tourist again with out of town family

Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh

There’s so much to do in Pittsburgh! Check out a local museum you haven’t visited, or eat a meal at a local restaurant you haven’t popped into in awhile. The possibilities are endless, especially with out-of-town visitors. Sometimes it’s fun to play tourist in your hometown.

8. Take in the Pens vs. Canucks the day before Turkey Day

Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh

What could make for a better Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh than hockey?  The Pens are playing the Vancouver Canucks the day before Thanksgiving at PPG Paints Arena. Bring the whole family for some fun before the big meal.  What could make for a better Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh than hockey?

9. See Les Miserables at the Benedum Center

Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh

Use the long weekend to take in a show. Les Miserables is at the Benedum Center from November 26th through December 1st.

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