We just got back from downtown Pittsburgh, where it was “Light-up Night.” They light up the big Christmas tree, open the outdoor rink for ice skating, have musicians perform, and generally carry on.
My husband works downtown, so he just stayed put. I took the bus (first time doing that in Pittsburgh!) and met him. My bus ride was supposed to take about 25 minutes. Not tonight–it took one hour. We were stuck in traffic in one spot for about 15 minutes. Ug. I’m glad I didn’t try to drive there.
Because I was late, we didn’t get to see them turn on the tree. Oh well, it looked festive by the time we got there!
We ate in a food court and listened to dueling pianos. Fun times.
One sort of bizarre thing was the fireworks show. All of a sudden, Santa started shooting rockets off, and then it went into an all-out fireworks display. It was pretty, but it makes it feel more like Christmas in July. Heh.
Pictured is the large outdoor Christmas tree, which is surrounded by an ice skating rink. See? People are already skating!
The last picture is an indoor exhibit in the PPG building called the “Wintergarden.” There were tons of ginger bread houses, trees, and giant Santa artwork creations.