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Pittsburgh is Stuffed with Thanksgiving Weekend Activities

Sources:  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,, National Retail Federation

From benefits featuring live music and comedic entertainment, to the Steelers’ Six Super Bowl Trophies exhibit at the Senator John Heinz History Center, the Macy’s Holiday Parade, the annual Turkey Trot, and more, Thanksgiving weekend is stuffed with plenty of activities that the whole family can enjoy together.

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Following the Thanksgiving celebration, enjoy a fresh-air walk outdoors to work off the extra Holiday helpings.  According to a national analysis by, Pittsburgh has a walkable score of 64 on a scale of 0-100. Lower Lawrenceville, the Central Business District and South Side Flats received the highest scores.

“Thanksgiving weekend provides a great opportunity for friends and family to come together, enjoy a wonderful dinner and explore the many new dining, entertainment and shopping experiences within Pittsburgh’s beautiful Central Business District,” said Ralph Egerman, Principal at Colliers International | Pittsburgh.  “I am especially excited to take family and friends to the newly renovated and historic Market Square. Recently enhanced by the world’s greenest high rise office tower at PNC Plaza, Market Square features several new and exciting restaurants and shops. With construction soon to start on a new 400 million dollar office tower at PNC Plaza; Market Square will continue to benefit from the many people who work nearby and daily visitors.”

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Celebrate Pittsburgh’s 52nd Annual Light Up Night®

Sources:  Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, 2012 Santa Spectacular

The concept of “Light Up Night” took root in Pittsburgh in 1960, and this year the 52nd annual Light Up Night, kicks off the Downtown Holiday shopping season in the Golden Triangle  November 16 – 17.

The entire Golden Triangle becomes the stage for one of the largest holiday celebrations in the nation. Enjoy traditional elements from the past, like tree lightings, the Victorian horse-drawn candlelight carriage parade and holiday exhibits, which will be glimmering against a backdrop of over three miles of lights. Enjoy new exhibits including the Celebrate Santa!Lighting of Market Square Season celebrating the official Downtown Pittsburgh arrival of Santa Claus.  Visit the Wyndham Grand Winter Wonderland booths at the 2012 Santa Spectacular at Point State Park, featuring exciting new displays and star-studded entertainment with a special performance by Greyson Chance  on the Santa Spectacular Stage.  Roberto Clemente Bridge Party, and musical performances at Market Square and EQT Plaza, will feature hours of entertainment, provided by the Al Dowe and Etta Cox Trio, No Bad JuJu, Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, and many more. And the celebration would not be complete, without one of the region’s largest and most creative pyrotechnics displays by Zambelli fireworks launched from the Warhol Bridge.

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