Well, it’s Christmas time.
It’s December 1st in a few hours. ABC Family starts their 25 days of Christmas, the Holiday parade was last weekend and all the decorations are out. (except for ours…we haven’t even started.) And all the fun holiday stuff is ready for families to participate in.
My favorite holiday thing is going to see the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater performing the Nutcracker. This year it goes from December 2 until the 23. It’s a remarkable ballet and a can’t miss. You’ll get to see dazzling costumes, an enormous Christmas tree, more than 80 dancers and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score. It’s enough to fill you with warm and fuzzy feeling and put any Scrooge in the Holiday spirit.
A new thing this year, which actually opens THIS Friday is Kennywood’s Holiday Light display. For the first time in the 113 years that Kennywood has been around, it will be open weekends in December with holiday lights, rides, food and other holiday activities. There will be over 1 million holiday lights sparkling throughout the park for this one-of-a-kind holiday treat. I for one am excited.
Now, lets talk about Christmas lights. Hartwood Acres and Oglebay offer the area millions upon millions of animated light displays that will delight everyone and bring the child out in anybody. If that doesn’t put you into the holiday spirit, nothing will. Honestly, if that doesn’t put you into the holiday spirit your spirit is broken.
What seems to be recognized with winter? Ice skating. The rink at PPG place offers loads of expensive ice skating. But of course, there is Pittsburgh’s Christmas tree you skate around, it’s smack dab downtown and it’s a rather lovely place right now. Trust me, I walk past market square almost daily on my trek to work. It’s gorgeous and the ice skating is fun.
Trans Siberian Orchestra. Need I say more? They play some of the most AMAZING Christmas music and will be making their annual stop here in Pittsburgh on December 23. If you can get tickets, get them and go. If not, you’re really gonna be missing out.
Something really neat that is displayed at PPG place and is FREE (let’s sing that…FREE…it is FREE. FREE FREE FREE) the Santas from Around the World. It’s a yearly display and is never boring. It offers a lesson in history and culture with the breathtaking “Spirits of Giving From Around the World” exhibit. This enchanting display features a 32-foot Christmas tree, an exhibit by the Pittsburgh Miniature Society and a display of life-sized Santas and oil paintings representing 16 countries. It is a wonderful world of Christmas folklore and fantasy and perfect for children of all ages.
And of course on December 31 hosts hundreds of thousands of people gathering in downtown for Pittsburgh’s First Night. Time Square has nothing on us. We have the decorations, fire works, champagne, a ball drop and people. It’s an amazing time and I love it. Unfortunately my boys are only 3 so I don’t participate in First Night festivities outside of my couch and champagne at midnight. Maybe this year…maybe. Midnight is awfully late for a mom to be out…
So go out and enjoy your holiday’s. If there is anything else fun going on this month…let me know in the comments!!!!!