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Sphere tree in Market Square’s Season of Lights, Downtown Pittsburgh Photo by Kristen Friess, Allegheny Conference

Pittsburgh officially begins the winter holiday season on Friday, Nov. 16 with Light Up Night, the 52nd annual celebration that fills downtown’s Golden Triangle with music, lights, Santa, ice skating and – starting Nov. 24– a European-style Christmas market in Market Square. (Full schedule and links for more information below.)

Things begin at noon as Mayor Luke Ravenstahl lights a towering Christmas tree at the City-County Building, while a crèche is dedicated at U.S. Steel Tower on Grant Street. At 5 p.m. live jazz music begins at an outdoor stage on EQT Plaza on Liberty Avenue near Seventh Streets, while rock-n-roll rules Market Square. In total six trees will be illuminated in downtown on the 16th, including the Highmark Unity Tree at the corner of Penn and Stanwix (still beloved to many as the Hornes Department Store tree), the ice-rinked ringed evergreen in PPG Plaza and – lit by Santa Claus himself — and the red-and-white LED-powered spherical tree in Market Square. Fireworks (of course) will end the evening with typical Pittsburgh pomp.

Market Square will be site of the Peoples Gas Holiday Market, featuring wooden Alpine chalet-style booths with artisans and merchants from around the world. Operating daily through Dec. 23, the market will share space with a Santa House, where children can explore and drop off their letters to Santa. Donations to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank can be dropped off at this location as well.

Event organizer the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership estimates last year’s event attracted more than 800,000 visitors and generated $21 million in economic impact.

Many of Pittsburgh’s traditional holiday offerings underscore the region’s commitment to sustainability in many forms. You can learn more by checking out the stories and videos from Five Golden Things, which highlighted such outings for the 2011-2012 season. We’ll be nodding to some new offerings over the next six weeks; be sure to sign up for automatic blog updates via RSS feed to your email account, follow us at Twitter.com/ImaginePgh or friend us at Facebook.com/PittsburghRegion.

2012 Light Up Night® Schedule of Events

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

Live Music — Market Square: Northwest Savings Bank Stage

5:00 pm    Johnny Angel and The Halos

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

7:45 pm    Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers

Live Music — EQT Plaza: EQT Jazzmasters Stage

5:00 pm   Al Dowe & Etta Cox Trio

6:30 pm   Kenny Blake Quartet

8:00 pm   Roger Humphries Quintet

Live Music — Roberto Clemente (Sixth Street) Bridge Party (Sponsored by Trib Total Media)

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

Saturday , Nov. 17:

Noon to 2 pm  Third Annual Mascot Skate at The Rink at PPG Plaza

Live Music: Market Square: Northwest Savings Bank Stage

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