How to Celebrate Christmas in Pittsburgh

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.

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Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees

If you haven’t already, you are probably planning on putting up your Christmas tree soon. If you and your family are stuck in the real vs. fake Christmas trees debate, we’ll help you put that to rest.

According to the American Christmas Tree Association, “There is no debate. Consumers should feel free to choose either type of tree, or better yet, choose one or more of each! Both types of Christmas trees have very distinctive characteristics and a recent Life Cycle Analysis concluded that neither tree has a significant negative impact on the environment. It really comes down to which kind of tree, or trees, best fits your lifestyle.”

So, there you have it. Discuss with your family and decide if you want to go with a real tree and water it every day and enjoy the natural pine scent, or just put up an artificial one and let it be. With an artificial tree, you have more flexibility with when you put up your tree, since there is no risk of it drying out. You can also use it year after year if you take good care of it. Another reason to choose an artificial tree is if you are allergic to mold and other allergens produced by live trees.

Which type of Christmas tree does your family prefer?

real vs. fake Christmas trees