10 Pittsburgh Events For Kids This December You Can’t Miss

December increases the volume of entertainment for children in Pittsburgh, with holiday events taking center stage. Gather the gang and go on family attractions that appeal to all ages.

Be sure to pack your masks and visit each organization’s website and social media to stay up to date on Covid safety protocols and guidelines.

Image courtesy of the August Wilson African American Cultural Center.

1. Dec. 4: AWCommunity Day: Holiday Edition, August Wilson African American Cultural Center

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center is hosting the AWCommunity Day: Holiday Edition on December 4. The range of family-oriented entertainment includes a celebration of Kwanzaa and a visit from the cheerful man in the red suit. Many activities will be held outside the August Wilson Center on the square and on the sidewalk. Click here to see the final schedule when it is released later this week. Free entry.

Photo courtesy of the Heinz History Center.

2. Until December 31: A Very Merry Pittsburgh, Heinz History Center

The Heinz History Center revisits A Very Merry Pittsburgh for a nostalgic holiday. Take the grandparents with them to add their own keepsakes to the Kaufmann department store windows and the original Santaland throne. The exhibit also includes artifacts and photos from the Hanukkah and Kwanzaa celebrations. Visit Santa and pose for socially distant photos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through December 18. The exhibit is included with admission to the museum ($ 18 for adults; $ 15 for seniors), but children are free until the end of December.

Image courtesy of Allegheny County Parks.

3. December 1 to 22: Holiday laser show, North Park

The Allegheny County Holiday Laser Show returns for another dazzling season in North Park. View from the comfy confines of your car or bring chairs and blankets to see outside. The 45-minute show is synchronized with holiday music; simply tune into 87.9 FM on your car stereo. The laser show takes place several times from Thursday to Sunday. Tickets cost $ 20 per vehicle for residents of Allegheny County and $ 25 for others. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

4. December 3: “A Charlie Brown Christmas: live on Stage”, Byham Theater

Damn it ! Charlie Brown feels depressed even though Christmas is approaching. Trying to find a deeper meaning in the holidays, he picks up on Lucy’s suggestion to run the school play. Will his scruffy little tree help the Peanuts gang find the true Christmas spirit? The show includes classical music by Vince Guaraldi and a Christmas carol concert. Tickets start at $ 32.


5. From December 4 to 19: “The Gift of the Ice Queen”, Gemini Theater Company

The creative team at Gemini Theater is thrilled to be delivering their first live performance in a long, long time. With extra precautions in mind, “Gift of the Ice Queen” features a smaller cast and special production with no intermission to allow time to clean up the theater between shows. The story begins when Lumi, queen of the ice fairies, discovers that a villager is stealing his snow. She turns to her goblin friends and fairy friends for help. Tickets are $ 10 for weekend performances from December 4 to 19.

Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Museum of Art.

6. December 4-19: Gift making workshops, Carnegie Museum of Art

Educators at the Carnegie Museum of Art will help kids create cute, handmade gifts at weekend workshops through December 19. The workshops include all necessary supplies, as well as inspiration from the museum’s collection. After the workshop, stop at Café Carnegie for hot chocolate and holiday cookies. The $ 35 workshop fee includes admission to the museum. Onsite and holiday-filled, see the Carnegie trees in the Architecture Hall – and the elaborate Neapolitan presepio, first set in the Scaife Galleries.

Photo by Matt Polk.

7. December 17-23: “A Musical Christmas Carol”, Byham Theater

Richard Thomas returns to Pittsburgh to reprise his role as Ebenezer Scrooge in the annual Pittsburgh family favorite CLO. “A Musical Christmas Carol” blends song and dance, special effects and a touch of holiday magic in Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of redemption. Tickets start at $ 15.

Image courtesy of Harlem Globetrotters.

8. December 26: Harlem Globetrotters, PPG Paints Arena

Since the team’s first game in 1927, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained families in more than 123 countries and territories around the world. Their new Spread the Game Tour amplifies the usual breathtaking skills and sensations. The Globetrotters are heading to PPG Paints Arena for two shows on December 26. Tickets start at $ 31. Add-ons include a VIP Celebrity Court Pass and Player Meet and Greet.


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