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Release Date: Thursday, November 1st 2012



Pittsburgh Legendary Music Icons, Santa Claus, and More Bring Holiday Cheer to Downtown Pittsburgh


European Tradition to Showcase Multi-cultural Tourism Attraction; Santa’s House to Benefit Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Pittsburgh, PA — Downtown Pittsburgh’s most anticipated event of the year is just a couple weeks away.  Details for the 52nd Annual Light Up Night® presented by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) on Friday, November 16, and continuing with the First Holiday Saturday, November 17, were announced at a press conference in the festive PPG Place Wintergarden this morning.  Not only did a sp ecial appearance and the official Downtown arrival of Santa Claus assure the beloved celebration would return, but the event also provided a preview to Discover What’s New in Downtown Pittsburgh this Holiday Season.

The entire Golden Triangle becomes the stage for one of the largest holiday celebrations in the nation. The 2011 Light Up Night® and First Holiday Saturday attracted more than 800,000 visitors and generated $21 million economic impact. People of all ages will have the unique opportunity to experience Downtown like never before during two big days filled with free high-quality family entertainment by some of Pittsburgh’s most memorable performers.

“Downtown will be decorated in its holiday best, welcoming thousands of people to celebrate the holiday season,” said Jeremy Waldrup, President and CEO of the PDP. “With new events and long-time traditions we will showcase Downtown Pittsburgh and highlight all the attractions and amenities available to visitors during one of the region’s most cherished traditions.  Downtown is experiencing tremendous growth and development and Light Up Night® is a great way to highlight all the growth and development to people from throughout the region.  We are excited to provide a great family event while showing off our retail, restaurants and cultural attractions.”
Light Up Night® kicks off at 12 noon as Mayor Luke Ravenstahl lights the City-County Building Tree.  The Dedication of the Pittsburgh Crèche, the only authorized replica of the Crèche in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, will take place at Noon in the plaza outside of the U.S. Steel Tower for families all across the region to view during Light Up Night® through January 6, 2013.

Pittsburgh’s biggest stars come out as the stars come up! Concert performances begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 throughout the entire Golden Triangle. The most renowned musical entertainers, from the velvet undertones of smooth jazz to contemporary rock beats, country rhythms and classic oldies standards will ring in the holiday season on the Northwest Savings Bank Market Square Stage, the Trib Total Media Bridge Party (Clemente), and the brand new EQT Plaza Jazzmasters Stage on the EQT Plaza.

The magical evening concludes with a dazzling Theatrical Fireworks Production,launched from the Warhol Bridge at 9:38 p.m.

Official Tree Lighting and Ceremony Schedule:
Friday, November 16

12:00 pm         City-County Building Tree Lighting by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl

12:00 pm         U.S. Steel Tower Dedication of the Crèche

5:30 pm                       Allegheny County Court House Lighting by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald

5:45 pm                       One Oxford Centre Tree Lighting

6:00 pm                       PPG Plaza American Cancer Society Tribute of Light Tree Lighting

6:15 pm                       Macy’s Windows Unveiling

7:00 pm                       Highmark Unity Tree Lighting with Rooftop Fireworks

7:30 pm                       Market Square Season of Lights Lighting by Santa Claus

2012 Light Up Night®Stage Performance Schedule:
Friday, November 16

Northwest Savings Bank Stage: Market Square

5:00 pm           Johnny Angel and The Halos                

7:15 pm           Santa Claus officially lights Market Square Season of Lights       

7:45pm             Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers

EQT Jazzmasters Stage at EQT Plaza

5:00 pm                       Al Dowe & Etta Cox Trio                    

6:30 pm           Kenny Blake Quartet   

8:00 pm                       Roger Humphries Quintet

Trib Total Media Bridge Party (Clemente Bridge)

5:00 pm                       The Stickers

6:30 pm           The Billy Price Band

8:00 pm                       No Bad JuJu

9:38 pm                       Light Up Night®Fireworks, Warhol Bridge

*All performers and events subject to change

Santa Claus Officially Lights Market Square Season of Lights

Light Up Night®  heralds the Official Downtown arrival of the Jolly Big Guy.  Santa Claus will flip the giant switch to light Market Season of Lights. The dazzling show was designed by the international company that lights the Disney Castle and Eiffel Tower and includes 150,000 LEDs, plus a 33-foot, one-ton sphere tree. Made possible by the Colcom Foundation and the PDP, the Market Square Season of Lights is a gift to the City for the enjoyment of thousands of holiday season visitors. Nightly choreographed shows are scheduled every thirty minutes from 5-10 p.m. through January 6, 2013.

Light Up Night®Fireworks CelebrationNo other City has a greater passion for fireworks! Fireworks have been ingrained into the culture of the City of Pittsburgh and our region for decades. Set to launch promptly at 9:38 p.m. from the Warhol Bridge, the show will include dynamic special effects choreographed to a holiday soundtrack broadcast live on 3WS-94.5 FM.

RIVER CLOSURE: The Allegheny River will be closed from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. and will re-open under the direction of public safety officials following all required clearances. The closure shall be in effect from the Roberto Clemente Bridge to the Rachel Carson Bridge from mile markers .6 to .8 on the Allegheny River.

52nd Annual Light Up Night® and Holiday Season Partner Venue Highlights

Fifth Avenue Place: Explore Pittsburgh’s own North Pole at the Fifth Avenue FREEZE!  Catch live ice carving shows and pose for a photo next to glistening life-sized carvings of Santa, Rudolph and more.  Kids can test their skills at Arctic games and create their own personalized “Ice Paintings” with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Frosty and holiday character friends will dance along to holiday music by the Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet and the Max Leake Trio. Downtown’s  most iconic tree, the Unity Tree presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield lights at 7:00 pm with help from America’s most beloved mailman, Mr. McFeely, singing “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and the rhythmic drumbeats of the Pittsburgh Steeline Drumline.

Macys: Experience the spectacular Macys Holiday Window Unveiling Celebration from 6:15 – 6:45 pm. Meet outside where the Franklin Regional Marching band kicks-off the festivities, followed by very special guest performances by gospel singer/songwriter Travis Malloy, iHeart Radio pop sensations “For The Foxes” and rising pop star, Jasmine V.  The all-star line-up continues with Pittsburgh Football stars, Maurkice Pouncey and special Guest host, Ryan Mundy, along with the children from Make-A-Wish Foundation and the man of the hour, Santa Claus!  In store, watch an excerpt of “The Nutcracker” and compete for fun trivia and giveaways with Radio Disney.  Bring a camera for photos with the Kool-Aid Man and enjoy face painting, balloon art, and more.

One Oxford Centre: Take photos with Santa Claus, enjoy face painting, balloon art, sand art and caricatures. Experience Pittsburgh Memories, an exhibit of historic photos celebrating Pittsburgh during the winter season and enjoy holiday music by the Rick Gallagher Trio. Participate in the official lighting of the Centre’s 30-foot Christmas Tree at 5:45 p.m.

PPG Place: Enjoy the festivities at the PPG Place during the Robert Morris University Island Sport Center’s on-ice interpretation of Polar Express, CLO Mini Stars, American Cancer Society Tribute of Light/ Plaza Tree Lighting, holiday exhibits and live entertainment in the food court.

2012 Light Up Night®Performance Schedule:
First Holiday Saturday , November 17

Noon to 2 pm  3rd Annual Mascot Skate (The Rink at PPG Place)

Northwest Savings Bank Stage: Market Square

Noon               NoMad

1:45 pm           Vanessa Campagna

3:30 pm                       The Granati Brothers              

6:00 pm                       Totally 80s                  

7:00 pm                       BOB FM Holiday Wedding

7:30 pm                       Jeff Jimerson and Airborne

Bottom Dollar Food “Sounds of the Season” Parade

Strike up the bands! The Bottom Dollar Food Sounds of the Season Parade, led by the “Piggy Bank Blimp,” steps off at 5 p.m. and brings holiday cheer to spectators across the region. Bells will be ringing and the crowds will be singing as local area high school bands march their way down the City streets to kick-off the first Holiday Saturday in Downtown Pittsburgh.  

A Wedding to Remember on the Northwest Savings Bank Market Square Stage

After the parade, Santa will witness the 96.9 BOB FM Light Up Night® Nuptials winners, Leah and Matt of Carnegie, in marriage.  With thousands of their “closest friends” in attendance, Leah and Matt will enjoy a one-of-a-kind wedding ceremony beneath the Market Square Season of Lights.

*All performers and events subject to change

Light Up Night® Community Commitments


Founded in 1984, PRESENTS FOR PATIENTS® has provided gifts and visits to 460,324 patients and has expanded throughout six states. The mission of the program is to put a smile on the face of a nursing home patient while introducing members of the community to their local long-term care facilities. At the beginning of each campaign, patients are asked what they would like for Christmas, which is then given to the individual(s) who “adopt” that patient. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is happy to join WPXI-TV in providing local patients with presents this season.  The PDP is donating the Light Up Night licensing fees to the 28th season of Presents for Patients® and you can help too, by logging on to


The PDP is supporting the efforts of media partner Trib Total Media and the Salvation Army for this special campaign to raise funds to provide complete holiday dinners to hundreds of thousands of needy families across Southwestern Pennsylvania. Children in those families also receive coloring books, crayons and a new or gently-used storybooks as well.

A complete schedule of events at each location, road closure information and parade route details, will be posted to www.DowntownPittsburgh.comlater Tuesdayafternoon. The 52nd Annual Light Up Night® celebration and Holiday Saturdays are alcohol-free.

About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP’s strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, housing and economic development and advocacy. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter (@DowntownPitt) and “like” the PDP on Facebook.

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