Pittsburgh is a great place to live if you’re looking to get into the Christmas spirit. The city is full of plenty of holiday-themed events to choose from, making it easy to pack your December with fun, family-friendly events to enjoy. If you’re wondering how to celebrate Christmas in Pittsburgh, keep these festive events in mind.
Peoples Gas Holiday Market. The annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market is the perfect destination to get into the holiday spirit. Not only does this market, which creates a picturesque village in Market Square, offer you the option to find unique Christmas gifts, but it also gives the kids a chance to meet Santa. There are a number of local and national vendors to browse, bringing to mind the original German Christkindlmarkt. It is on from now until December 23rd. On Thursdays, it is open from 11am to 8pm; on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, it is open from 11am to 6pm.
Spirits of Giving From Around the World. Step into an international wonderland in the PPG Wintergarden’s Spirits of Giving From Around the World. This exhibition displays a number of life-sized Santas, each of which depict holiday traditions from around the globe. It also has a collection of original paintings on display to help capture memories of Christmases past. There is even a 32-foot tree on display, surrounded by the Santas and gingerbread houses. The exhibit is free, so stop by to see this wonderful, educational display.
In the automotive industry, advanced safety technologies are becoming more and more important. Because of this, it is no surprise that Ford has decided to expand its already long list of available driver-assist tech. The American carmaker has introduced a number of new Ford safety technologies, including next-generation features designed to make parking easier, help avoid collisions, avoid wrong-way driving, and detect obstacles in the road.
Cross-traffic alert with braking technology is the first new feature in development at Ford. This will make parking easier by detecting people and objects passing behind the vehicle, warning the driver of these obstacles, and automatically braking. Evasive steering assist is also a new technology that helps avoid collisions by steering drivers around stopped or slower vehicles. The hope is that this technology will reduce the amount of collisions that occur.
One of the most innovative technologies is wrong-way alert. This uses a windshield-mounted camera and information from the vehicle’s navigation system to alert drivers when they are driving the wrong way against traffic. The new Ford safety technologies even includes Traffic Jam Assist, which keeps the vehicle centered in a lane during traffic.
Ford currently offers the most models in the US with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and more safety technologies. Stop by Shults Ford of Wexford to see what else these safety-savvy vehicles have to offer.