Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Pittsburgh’s Light Up Night

Source: Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

The concept of "Light Up Night" took root in Pittsburgh in 1960, and this year will mark its 50th Anniversary. For the first time ever, Light Up Night will be celebrated over two nights, Nov. 19 – 20, 2010. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership has planned a one-of-a-kind celebration for the 50th Anniversary of Light Up Night. Enjoy traditional elements from the past, like tree lightings and holiday exhibits, paired with new events, including Pittsburgh's first-ever Duquesne Light Horse-drawn Candlelight Carriage Parade and the Grand Pittsburgh Celebrate Santa! Stage Show in Market Square, which will be glimmering against a backdrop of over three miles of lights. The celebration continues with the Roberto Clemente Bridge Party and the Highmark March throughout Downtown. Two large performance stages will feature hours of entertainment, provided by CAPA choir, the Joe Negri Quartet, Donnie Iris, and many more. And the celebration would not be complete, without one of the region’s largest and most creative pyrotechnics displays, the PNC GRAND Fireworks Finale by Zambelli Internationale.

Click for a complete listing of Light Up Night activities.

Jessica Jarosz, Associate of NAI Pittsburgh Commercial, who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, reflects on her memories of Light Up Night. “Light Up Night is a holiday tradition that my friends and family have shared together since I was a child. Every year we look forward to the new festivities and the experience of seeing the city of Pittsburgh bright with holiday spirit. There is always something for everyone to enjoy, no matter your age - live entertainment, dining in the city, the official lighting of the tree, the reveal of the Macy’s store windows, a visit from Santa and spectacular fireworks, but most importantly, it is an indication that the commencement of the Christmas shopping season has finally arrived!”

Light Up Night attracts thousands of visitors to downtown Pittsburgh each year. Marking the start of the holiday shopping season, local retailers benefit from the annual celebration.

Join your family and friends at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Light Up Night in downtown Pittsburgh, one of the best metropolitan cities to live, work, shop, dine, play, and do business.

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