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Pittsburgh Holidays

Cutting Down Your Own Christmas Tree in the Pittsburgh Area

Cutting Down Your Own Christmas Tree in the 						Pittsburgh Area

Nothing smells more like Christmas than the scent of a freshly cut tree, and for making holiday memories, nothing surpasses loading the family into the car and visiting a nearby tree farm or nursery to chop down your own tree. One thing to keep in mind when visiting a tree farm is to dress for the weather, paying special attention to footwear. You may want to […]

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Ethnic Holiday Traditions Pittsburgh-Style

Ethnic Holiday Traditions 						Pittsburgh-Style

Pittsburgh was diverse before that term became a buzz word. Early immigrants to the city primarily came from Europe, while today’s immigrants come from all over the world, making the city a proverbial melting pot. When new arrivals settled here, they were faced with a dilemma — how to assimilate yet retain a connection to the culture they had left behind. One way to preserve […]

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Pittsburgh-Style Thanksgiving Recipes

Pittsburgh-Style Thanksgiving Recipes

Great Ways to Prepare Some Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes and Pumpkin Pie! While the chefs at Popular Pittsburgh love good food, like most Pittsburghers, we are a practical lot, interested in preparing delicious dishes with the least fuss, and with ingredients that don’t require a loan from the bank. Thanksgiving is a well-known day for eating.  To help you prepare for your feast, we’ve included recipes […]

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Thanksgiving “Turkey Tips”

Thanksgiving "Turkey Tips"

Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to gather around a table of magnificent food. There’s a lot of pressure to deliver a Norman Rockwell masterpiece and it’s not always easy to know how. Cooking the turkey may be one of the most confusing and overwhelming parts of the Thanksgiving meal. FEMA estimates that 60% of fires on Thanksgiving Day are cooking fires.  There […]

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Hooray! It’s the Holidays in Pittsburgh! : Local Light Up Nights

Hooray! It’s the Holidays in Pittsburgh! : Local Light Up Nights

This year’s holiday season is packed tighter than Santa’s sleigh with fun events, holiday displays, and parades. From one end of Western Pennsylvania to the other, from Light Up Night until First Night, the festivities are non-stop. The following is Popular Pittsburgh’s Guide to the Holidays in Pittsburgh: Beaver County Festival of Trees Celebrating its 26th year, the Beaver County Festival of Trees is held […]

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Pittsburgh Light Up Night Events 2015

Pittsburgh Light Up Night Events 2015

What’s more fun than christening a ship with a bottle of champagne, cutting a ribbon on a new building, or unveiling a new work of art? Light Up Night in Pittsburgh! This year, the celebration’s 55th, the spectacular kickoff to the holiday season is slated for Friday, November 20. Events run from morning to night and are sure to please every member of the family. […]

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Pittsburgh’s Annual Light Up Night

Pittsburgh's Annual Light Up Night

As fall fades into winter, the hours of daylight grow short, and darkness appears to reign.  For millennia, people have been “racing against the dying of the light” by observing various festivals and religious holidays that center on light overcoming darkness.  The Romans celebrated Saturnalia, the Celts, the Winter Solstice, the Jews, Hanukkah, and the Christians, Christmas — all of these observances have light as an […]

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The History of Light Up Night in Pittsburgh: Light Up Night Celebrates Its 55th Anniversary

The History of Light Up Night in Pittsburgh: Light Up Night Celebrates Its 55th Anniversary

At more than five decades old, Pittsburgh’s Light Up Night is looking more beautiful and luminous than ever. This year, Light Up Night celebrates its 55th birthday on Friday, November 20, with its customary tree-lighting ceremonies and fireworks that kick off the holiday season. Light Up Night wasn’t always held in winter in honor of the Christmas season, and technically, it isn’t really 55 years […]

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Hauntingly Good Times: Haunted Houses in Pittsburgh

Hauntingly Good Times: Haunted Houses in Pittsburgh

It’s that time of year again. The air is cooler, the leaves are changing, and darkness descends earlier. The time of year when the scratching of a branch against your bedroom window easily turns into the decaying finger of a Zombie; when silver clouds passing across a full moon provoke visions of werewolves; and shadows falling across the floor inspire thoughts of lurking monsters. At […]

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