Holiday Lights in Pittsburgh

Christmas Lights and Holiday Illuminations In Southwest PA

By Emily Papa, Publisher of Macaroni Kid South Hills December 18, 2021

Watching Holiday Lights in Western PA while listening to Christmas carols is absolutely one of our favorite family holiday traditions. Are you looking for some of the best kid-friendly locations in Pittsburgh to find the magic illumination in the dark?  With PA having so many great places, especially right here in Pittsburgh, that have lights for the whole family, you can plan a new trip every weekend! 

Bookmark or pin this page so you can plan your evenings of Holiday Light sightings with the rest of your joyful festivities this holiday season and for years to come. If you're looking for some FREE family fun, check out our noteworthy Griswold Lights Displays to find some of the best neighborhood light displays in the 'Burgh!

Use discount code KID2021 to receive 20% off Dasher's Lightshow.

ELFburgh Christmas

Bethel Park, PA
November 26th, 2021- December 23rd, 20201


 ELFburgh Christmas will become the most unique holiday experience coming to Pittsburgh this season! Produced by the award-winning scenic team behind Hundred Acres Manor Haunted Attraction, ELFburgh Christmas will be a family-friendly event for all ages and will leave you amazed and inspired.

The Hundred Acres Manor teams’ mission is to put a smile on your face while giving back to the Pittsburgh Community. Spreading cheer and providing children the opportunity to meet and greet Santa preparing for the holiday in his workshop while in the comfort and safety of your car.

You will get to drive-thru the Christmas display, see Santa's elves singing your favorite Christmas songs and meet Santa. 

Macaroni KID has teamed up with ElfBurgh to spread some holiday joy! Sign up here for your chance to win a free ticket to Elfburgh!

More info: WEBSITE

Holiday Lights at Kennywood

West Mifflin, PA
Weekends November 20th - January 2nd, 2022, December 27, 28, 29, 30 Closed December 25th

Bring your family and celebrate the return of this Pittsburgh classic. Take a stroll among more than one million twinkling lights, and marvel at the tallest Christmas tree in the state. Savor the flavors of new festive foods and holiday drinks. Plus, there are rides for the kids and special entertainment for all. 

Christmas Light - Up

Clinton, PA
November 20th, 2021-January 2nd, 2022
5-10 PM Daily
$10/car donation

Founded in 1993, the Christmas Light Up Celebration in Clinton, PA is the best kept holiday secret in Pittsburgh. Drive through and enjoy a one-mile experience of light displays in a wooded setting.


The Rink at PPG Place

Downtown Pittsburgh, PA
November 19th, 2021 - January 9th, 2022 *special holiday hours

Surrounded by the spectacular crown jewel of the PPG Place glass skyscraper and featuring a stunning 65-foot musical, illuminated Holiday tree decorated with over 100,000 lights and ornaments, The Rink at PPG Place offers an incomparable atmosphere and provides a fun-filled Downtown Winter Playground. In 2015, The Rink at PPG Place was expanded by 25% increasing its overall surface size to 67% larger than the Rockefeller Center ice rink and two-thirds the size of an NHL rink. Viewing is always free of charge but if you'd like to enjoy the ice at the Rink, you can pre-order your tickets here

Holiday Lights Tour

1049 Penn Ave, Downtown Pittsburgh
Available from Black Friday until New Years Day, almost daily at 5pm
Adults $25, Children $15 (age 6-13)

Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy an evening in Downtown Pittsburgh, learning about the history of the city, discovering beautiful squares and pieces of architecture, while getting to see all the festive holiday lights and decorations. Experience the world's largest pickle ornament, a unique gingerbread house display, a replica of the crèche from Vatican City, and much more during your two-hour guided walk around the 'Burgh! The grand finale of the tour will be a big Christmas tree surrounded by an ice rink, and last but not least: The central holiday market in town!

Zoo Lights Drive -Thru

Pittsburgh, PA
select nights from November 26th - December 30th 2021
$40/vehicle for members        $50/vehicle non-members

Twinkle, shimmer, and shine your way through the season at the much anticipated return of the Zoo Lights Drive-Thru! Get cozy in your car as you drive through thousands of environmentally friendly LED lights that transform the park into an unforgettable winter wonderland. Enjoy over 80 animal lights with 30 new displays, classic characters, and carols along the way. 


Phipps Winter Flower Show: Holiday Magic!

Pittsburgh, PA 
November 19th, 2021 - January 9th, 2022
$19.95/adult    $11.95/child

Phipps’ Winter Flower Show: Home for the Holidays brings whimsical, elegant and festive displays back to our glowing glasshouse. With a canopy of twinkling lights, fragrant decorated trees and, of course, thousands of poinsettias in a wide variety of hues and patterns, this show is sure to create special holiday memories with friends and family.

More info: WEBSITE 

North Park Holiday Laser Show
Allison Park, PA
December 1-22, 2021 (Daily show, multiple sessions each day)
Residents $20/vehicle      Non-residents $25/vehicle

Celebrate the holidays with a one-of-a-kind drive-in laser show at North Park! You and your family will be dazzled by a beautiful 45-mintue show synchronized with holiday music- all from the safety of your own vehicle. Space is limited, and tickets will sell out fast. Don't miss this unique and entertaining experience!


Holiday Lights Mini Golf at Fun Fore All

Cranberry Township, PA
November 26th - January 3rd 2021 (closed Holiday's)
$15/course or  $20/both courses

Fun Fore All's Holiday Lights Mini Golf was named one of the best holiday light displays in 2017, 2018 and 2019! Turning two award-winning miniature golf courses into fully playable walk-through holiday light extravaganzas. Families can experience a beautiful, interactive, holiday experience unlike any other in the area.


Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland

Butler, PA
November 12th, 2021 -  January 2, 2022
6-10pm daily, including holidays and in the rain


Prepare to be dazzled by a Christmas light spectacle the likes of which you’ve never seen! A visit to one of the shows is all you need to truly let go of every day stresses and let your spirit fly as your senses are tickled with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights dancing harmoniously with some fantastic Christmas tunes. Purchase an express lane pass for an additional charge to bypass up to a mile of the que line!

Simply drive up, tune in your car’s radio, and let the Christmas spirit take you away! 


Dasher's Lightshow

Galleria at Pittsburgh MillsMake a date with your family for an awe-inspiring drive-through holiday adventure at Dasher's Lightshow at Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills! Prepare to be amazed as hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights and festive displays dance and prance, perfectly synchronized to the holiday tunes on your car radio.

With larger-than-life drive-thru tunnels, disco walls and 40-foot glittering trees, Dasher's Lightshow is a dazzling, ever-changing holiday lights experience for all ages! See how much my family loved it HERE.

Click HERE and use discount code KID2021 to receive 20% Off!


  • Dasher’s Lightshow
  • Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills - 590 Pittsburgh Mills Blvd, Tarentum, PA 15084
  • Through Jan. 2 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. 
  • Get 20% Off with promo code KID2021

See full schedule and purchase tickets here

Overly's Country Christmas
Greensburg, PA
Thursday's through Sunday's November 18th, 2021 - December 30th, 2021 Also Open December 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, & 29

Gates are open from 5:30pm to 10:00pm on Fridays & Saturdays and 5:30pm – 9:00pm on Thursdays & Sundays, weather permitting. For your best family holiday experience at Overly’s Country Christmas®  arrive at least a half hour before the scheduled closing time and allow for any traffic backups.


Keystone Safari Walk-Thru Holiday Lights


Keystone Safari Drive Throu Nativity Scene


Festival of Lights Sounds of the Season at Oglebay

Wheeling, WV
Nightly November 4 - January 9th from dusk to midnight
$25 suggested donation per car

Beginning in 1985, the Festival of Lights has grown into one of the nation’s largest holiday light shows, attracting more than one million visitors each year. Identified as one of the top light displays in the United States by countless travel companies and national publications, the Festival of Lights features three hundred acres of twinkling lights over a six-mile drive. The dazzling display includes 90 lighted attractions boasting more than one million energy-efficient LED lights.

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