Highlighting the News and Lifestyles of Pittsburgh's East End, Fox Chapel and Oakmont



Holiday Happenings

Our Holiday 2022 issue contains a list of holiday events in our neighborhoods. This version, with links to websites, includes listings that arrived after our print deadline. (Feel free to offer more at

Please remember that everything is subject to change (a supply-chain problem could disrupt the gingerbread industry), so double-check details before heading out.

Arts & Crafts

Nature’s Wreath

December 3, 12:30-3 pm

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Highland Park

Create a unique holiday masterpiece under the guidance of the zoo's talented horticulturalists.
 Wreaths, ribbons, other embellishments, and light refreshments are included. For adults only.

Union Project Ornament Extravaganza

December 3, 12-3 pm

801 North Negley Avenue, Highland Park

Learn to slab build, coil build, and glaze your way to your very own ceramic ornaments. Registration required.

Make-It-Now Ornaments

December 10, 5-9 pm

Pittsburgh Glass Center, Bloomfield-Garfield

Make your own glass ornaments; choose from four ornament-making techniques. Ages 5 and up.

Bazaars, Holiday Shops & Craft Shows

Gifts and Greens Market at Phipps Garden Center

December 8-10
Thurs & Fri: 10-6 pm, Sat: 10-3:30 pm

Mellon Park, 1059 Shady Avenue

Aromatic garlands, fresh greens, poinsettias, and made-to-order wreaths are among the items for sale at this fragrant market.

Glitter & Glow

December 7, 7 pm

Fox Chapel Golf Club

Sip, nibble, and shop for fresh greens, arrangements, and plants at this annual event, which includes a silent auction and more. Proceeds benefit the Fox Chapel Garden Club and its projects. Tickets required.

Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media Winter Artists Market

December 10, 10-4 pm

Mellon Park, 1047 Shady Avenue

Shop from local artists, selling unique, one-of-a-kind handmade goods.

Waverly Presbyterian Church Cookie and Soup Sale

December 10, 11-2 pm

590 South Braddock Avenue, Regent Square

Preorder by December 2 and pick up homemade cookies and soup in the parish hall.

Chanukah Celebrations

Chabad Menorah Parade

December 20, 5:00 pm

This annual parade of menorahs atop cars winds through Oakland, Shadyside and Squirrel Hill and ends with a grand menorah lighting. For more details visit

Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread Houses

December 4, 1-4 pm

Union Project

Create gingerbread houses out of clay – they will never crumble.

Gingerbread Houses

December 17, 10-12 pm

Cooper-Siegel Community Library, Fox Chapel

Graham crackers, icing, and candy are on hand for young builders. Geared to ages 5-11, but younger kids are welcome, too.

Holiday Displays

Garden Railroad: Our National Parks

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Oakland

Bustling with chugging trains and filled with live plants, the Garden Railroad displays a nationwide journey to experience miniature, whimsically detailed tributes to the beautiful National Parks of the United States.

Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden

November 18-January 9

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Oakland

With an Arctic Adventure Theme, Phipps’s most magical show of the year features dazzling new displays of holiday trees, topiaries, and signature floral delights. Plus, the celebrated Winter Light Garden fills the outdoor spaces with luminous orbs, glowing trees, fountains, and a tunnel of lights.

Zoo Lights Drive-Thru

Nov 25-December 30, 5:15-9:45 pm

Pittsburgh Zoo, Highland Park

Drive through the zoo at night as thousands of environmentally friendly LED lights transform the park into a winter wonderland. Enjoy more than 80 animal light displays, classic characters, and carols along the way.
Buy timed tickets in advance at

Penn Hills Volunteer Fire Department 224 Annual Holiday Train Display

November 26-December 30
Mon-Fri: 6-9 pm
Sat-Sun: 1-5 pm, 6-9 pm

Center Avenue, Verona

Model trains running on four tracks chug past miniature towns with colorfully detailed scenes from a carnival to a drive-in theater showing a holiday movie.

Carnegie Trees & Neapolitan Presepio

November 19-January 8

Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland

Presented by the Women’s Committee of Carnegie Museum of Art, this annual display features towering spruce trees decorated with a different theme each year and a 18th-century presepio that recreates the Nativity within a detailed panorama of Italian village life.

Symphony Splendor Holiday Fantasy House Tour

November 18-20 and 26-27


A Gilded Age Shadyside mansion, decorated for the season, opens its doors to benefit the Pittsburgh Symphony Association. There are three Candlelight evening tours and four afternoon tours.

A Victorian Christmas at the Kerr Memorial Museum

November 27-January 4

402 Delaware Avenue, Oakmont

Step back in time and enjoy the Victorian charm of this house-turned-museum.
Registration required.
Call 412-826-9295 to book a tour.

Oakmont Christmas Home Tour

December 4, 12-4 pm


A self-guided tour of five homes and special spaces throughout the borough, all beautifully decorated for the Christmas season. Sponsored by Lori Hummel and Howard Hanna Company.

Ice Skating

Alpha Ice Complex


Schenley Park Ice Rink


When it's cold enough for these seasonal rinks to freeze...

McCahill Park

Fox Chapel

O’Hara Community Park

O'Hara Township

Meet Santa Claus

Pet Photos With Santa

November 19, 11-5 pm

Petagogy, 5880 Ellsworth Avenue, Shadyside

Get a free digital photo of your pet(s) sitting on Santa’s lap, plus options for ordering prints, holiday cards, and more.  All pets welcome.

Twelve Days of Free Santa Photos at The Waterfront

December 3-22
Tues & Thurs: 5-8 pm
Sat & Sun: 12-5 pm

The Waterfront, Homestead

Visit Santa’s workshop in Town Center and enjoy one of the only places in Pittsburgh to get Santa photos for free.
Donations accepted on behalf of Jeremiah’s Place. Special sensory-friendly dates TBD.

Breakfast With Santa

December 10, 10-12 pm

Lauri Ann West Community Center, O’Hara

Santa kicks off the holiday season with a visit.

Breakfast or Lunch With Santa at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18

Highland Park

Have a breakfast (9:30-11 am) or lunch (noon to 1:30 pm) buffet, meet ambassador animals, write a letter to Santa, and deliver it to him at the zoo.

Skate with Santa

December 18, 1:30-3 pm

Schenley Park Ice Rink, Oakland

Santa takes to the ice for fun and photo-ops.


Holiday Movies With Beer Tastings

The Oaks Theater, 300 Allegheny River Boulevard, Oakmont

All shows begin at 7:30 pm, and doors open at 6 for tastings.

December 1 - Elf

December 15 - Home Alone

December 22 - National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Holiday Cinebrunches

The Oaks Theater, 300 Allegheny River Boulevard, Oakmont

Enjoy brunch at 10 am, followed by a holiday film on the big screen at 11.

December 4 - The Polar Express

December 8 - The Grinch

December 11 & 29 - White Christmas


Chatham University Choir: Candlelight

December 9, 8 pm

Campbell Memorial Chapel

Annual all-campus winter celebration of music, stories, poems, and carols hosted by the Chatham Choir. Free admission.

Pittsburgh Concert Chorale: Sounds of the Season

December 3, 7:30 pm

Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church

A holiday concert to be enjoyed by all.

Holiday Concerts at The Oaks Theater

300 Allegheny River Boulevard, Oakmont

November 26, 7 pm

Sounds of Christmas featuring The Latshaw Pops Orchestra

December 9, 7:30 pm

A Doo-Wop Christmas

Christmas With the Camerata

December 2, 7:30 pm

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Highland Park

December 4, 3:00 pm

Shadyside Presbyterian Church

Enjoy the music of Christmas, sacred and secular.

Advent Choral Concert: Music of Gerald Finzi

December 11, 3 pm

Shadyside Presbyterian Church

The Shadyside Chancel Choir with the Shadyside Strings.

River City Brass Christmas Brasstacular

December 15, 7:30 pm

Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland

RCB performs favorite holiday hits and music from family movies like Frozen and Polar Express.

Neighborhood Celebrations

Holiday Wine Walk

December 3, 4-8 pm

Squirrel Hill Business District, Forbes and Murray avenues

A self-paced wine tasting experience in the heart of Squirrel Hill. Enjoy over a dozen wines and exclusive discounts at participating host merchants.

Let It Glow at The Waterfront

November 13, 3-6 pm

The Waterfront, Homestead, in Town Center area

A sparkling holiday celebration with live music, kids’ activities, holiday characters, a tree lighting at 6, and more.

Oakmont’s Hometown Christmas and Parade

November 19, 4-8 pm

Allegheny River Boulevard and Allegheny Avenue

This annual parade kicks off the holiday season.  Stage performances, children's games, visits with Santa, and more start at 4 in Oakmont, and the parade begins at 5 in Verona.

Aspinwall’s Light Up the Wall

November 19, starting at 5 pm

Brilliant Avenue, Aspinwall

Enjoy festivities throughout town, a street fair on Brilliant Avenue, and fireworks at 7.

Light Up Point Breeze

December 3, 5-7 pm

Gettysburg and Reynolds streets

A night for shopping, socializing, and enjoying great food, right out on the street. Entertainment by the Sunburst Music School and Allderdice Band.

Best of Blawnox Cookie Tour and Night of Lights Celebration

December 3, 1-4 pm and 4-6:30 pm

Freeport Road

The afternoon Cookie Tour goes all around the town. Starting at 4, the Night of Lights begins and Santa rides around on a fire truck.

Special Activities

Christmas in Guyasuta

November 26, 4-9 pm

Camp Guyasuta, Sharpsburg

Featuring a horse-drawn ride through displays, pictures with Santa, and a bonfire. The camp Trading Post will be open, and there will be food for sale. Registration required.

Holiday Teen Time After Hours

December 16, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Cooper-Siegel Library, Fox Chapel

A holiday hangout after hours at the library. Play games including Mariokart, Super Smash Bros., Werewolf, and Hide and Seek in the library in the dark. We'll also have other chill activities like learning a new art or skill, or making a cosplay dance video, or singing some karaoke.

Mystery's Most Wanted - Slay Ride

December 16, 7:30- 9 pm, doors open 6:30 pm

The Oaks Theater, Oakmont

Mystery's Most Wanted returns to The Oaks Theater. It's Christmas Eve at the North Pole and things are at a halt because one arrogant red-nosed reindeer has refused to fly. Come find out what happens when they try to settle the strike … permanently.

Penguins on Parade at the Zoo

Saturdays and Sundays, December through February, 11:30 am

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Highland Park

Head for the entrance to the aquarium and watch as the penguins come outside to parade and play. If there’s snow on the ground, it’s extra fun! But please note, the outside temperature cannot be above 45 degrees.

Kids Winter Scavenger Hunt

December 18-31

Cooper-Siegel Library, Fox Chapel

Find all of the snowmen hidden in the library and receive a special treat!

“Noon Year's Eve” Party

December 31, 10-12 pm

Cooper-Siegel Library, Fox Chapel

Kids can ring in the New Year at noon, not midnight! Crafts and activities from 10 to 11:30, followed by storytime. This family program is aimed at kids 2-8, with other ages welcome.

The Frick Pittsburgh Winterfest

January 14-22

The Frick Pittsburgh, Point Breeze

Outdoor activities, carriage rides, and more!

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27% live in a home valued at $400,000+

28% own a luxury car

26% have an advanced college degree

20% have a household income of $150,000+

65% have attended opera/symphony/ theater in the past 12 months

67% have purchased women's clothing in the past four weeks

47% have purchased men's clothing in the past four weeks

32% took a foreign trip by air in the past two years

27% plan to remodel their home in the next 12 months

*Source - Media Audit, 2008

John Allison, editor:
Lisa Sieber, advertising director:
Phone: 412-687-5731

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Tarentum, PA 15084


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