11 things to do this weekend in Pittsburgh: Dec. 8-10

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All Weekend

Kennywood Holiday Lights

Starting Friday, Kennywood will be transformed with around 2 million lights. Songs will be performed by local choirs and you can even meet Santa. In addition to the lights, guests can ride some of the rides, including the Merry-Go-Round, Noah’s Ark, Kangaroo, Pirate Ship and many of the rides in Kiddie Land.

 

Gateway Clipper Fleet Santa Fun Cruise

The Santa Fun Cruise is set to take off this Saturday and Sunday! On the cruise, kids can enjoy a dance party and a special treat from Santa Claus. There will be a meet-and-greet with popular holiday characters, face painting, snacks and more.

 

The Rink at PPG Place

The Rink between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh opened during Light Up Night last Friday. The rink first opened in 2001, but was recently replaced by a larger rink for the 2015-2016 season. The new rink is 67 percent bigger than the Rockefeller Center ice rink

 

Hartwood Acres Mansion Tours

The mansion is all decked out for the holidays. The tour, which runs through Jan. 13, includes 20 beautifully decorated rooms. Reservations are required. Candlelight tours are also available. 

North Park Ice Rink

The North Park ice rink is open for the season through mid-March! Right now, South Park ice rink is under renovation and won't be open until a later date. Once they open, there will be a new NHL-sized ice rink and skate trail.

 

Peoples Gas Holiday Market

Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh is holding its sixth annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market. The market includes several different vendors, places to grab snacks and Santa's house, where you have the chance to take a photo with him.

Fun Fore All's Holiday Lights Mini Golf

Fun Fore All's traditional Holiday Lights Mini Golf began last week. They transform their golf courses into a walk-through light show. The walk-through includes two light tunnels, a 20-foot Christmas tree, and a musical show. 

Phipps Winter Flower Show and Light Garden: Holiday Magic

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is holding its annual light show. The Holiday Magic light show is decked out with LED lights, holiday props, decorated trees and more than 2,000 poinsettias. The show will also have new features including "firefly" lighting and "aurora borealis" lighting. They will also have a new Garden Railroad on display. 

 

Pittsburgh Running Tours

They offer different routes year-round, any day of the week. They are holding several different runs this weekend. The tours will explore the amazing views of Pittsburgh, and there will even be time to stop for photos.

Carnegie Science Center Holiday Magic Laser Show

All weekend and through most of the month of December, experience holiday magic with the Carnegie Science Center holiday laser show. The laser show will be accompanied by your favorite holiday tunes.

Saturday

 

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Santa Trolley

On Saturday and Sunday this weekend, Santa Claus will be making a stop at the trolley museum. Guests have the opportunity to board the decorated streetcar that will go around the 2-mile track. Santa will also take time to take photos with guests. Some of the attractions include their huge Lionel toy train setup, a Lego layout and free hot chocolate and cookies.


 

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