By: Brendan Joyce –
Christmas is everywhere; around every corner, advertisement, and television commercial, and sometimes all the Christmas season seems like it is all about gift wrapping, but here are some ways to take the stress off of the holiday season with either the family or even a special loved one.
ICE RINK AT PPG PLACE
From Late November until February 28, The PPG Place Ice Rink offers a spectacular outdoor ice skating rink unique to Pittsburgh and it’s lively festive theme. The Ice Rink is in the plaza between Third and Fourth Avenue. With a brand new expanded ice rink, the new rink measures 116’ x 116’ (25% larger than previous years). Built with brand new dasher boards, ice mat, and chilling operation systems, the new rink is built better than ever! PPG also purchased brand new Ice skates (700 pairs).
The Prices are as follows:
Adults- $8 (ages 13-49)
Seniors and Children- $7 (Children under 13 and seniors 50 and over)
Ice Skates- $4 (Sizes 9Jr up to 13)
For more Information visit: http://www.ppgplace.com/directory/the-rink/
People’s Natural Gas
Inspired by the original Christkindlmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, the Peoples Gas Holiday Market is one of three in North America. Just a short walk away from The Ice Rink at PPG, market square is located at 23 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Holiday market is unique in that it offers unique and hand crafted items items sold by regional, national, and international vendors. It also features several live musical performances by groups from local all the way to international. My personal recommendation is to get a cup of German hot chocolate, it’s delicious!
For More information please visit: http://www.peoples-gas.com/holidaymarket.aspx
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden Winter Flower Show and Light Garden
If you are looking to take the family on a beautiful and calm walk through your very own winter wonderland, The Phipps Winter flower show and Light Garden is for you! Bringing the familiar carol “Deck the Halls” to life, each of the changing exhibit rooms will embody the spirit of the holiday tune, complete with artful arrangements of LED lights around each exhibit. It is a sight truly to be seen for yourself and a great idea to bring special loved one with you or even the family!
The prices are as follows:
Children (ages 2-18)- $11
Seniors and Students- $14
For more information Please Visit: https://phipps.conservatory.org/calendar/detail/winter-flower-show-and-light-garden
Kennywood Holiday Lights
With more than a one million lights, Kennywood Holiday Lights is for everyone in the family! If you are a thrill seeker or just wanting to go and see the beautiful holiday lights, Kennywood has everyone one in your family and friends covered. You can visit Santa, ride several Kennywood rides, watch the polar express in 4D, build gingerbread houses, and much more! My personal recommendation is to get Potato Patch fries! They always are a Kennywood favorite to me.
Prices are as follows:
At the Gate: $17.99
Senior Citizens (Age 55+): $15.99
Children Ages 2 and Under: FREE
For more information please visit: https://www.kennywood.com/holidaylights