Pittsburgh LIGHTS UP for the holidays

Pittsburgh kicked off the holiday season this past Friday with the 58th annual Light Up Night. For those unfamiliar, Light Up Night is one of the largest and most popular events around the holiday season in Pittsburgh. It is a time of coming together as the greater Pittsburgh population gathers in Downtown where there are countless festivities for everyone. To hightlight a few, there was a winter market of gifts and goodies at Market Square. Next to that in PPG Plaza (aka. Pittsburgh’s Rockefeller Center) were the iconic Christmas tree and ice skating rink that are definitely superior to their counterparts in New York City xD

In addition, there are also various live performances and shows as well as exhibits like the Wintergarden for people to enjoy. Not to mention, the endless hot chocolates and other warm beverages…

And to end the night, there was a fireworks show on the Allegheny River. It’s always nice to see smiling faces and the sense of joy and warmth throughout the night. It is without a doubt one of my favorite part about the holiday season. You don’t have to be religious to get into the holiday spirit…but rather an ideal time for reflecting on the past year and cherishing the people and moments that have made the year what is has been. Give back a couple cents, hug someone tighter, tell someone that you love them, or even just recognize and say thanks to the often unrecognized…that’s what the holidays are about.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Eric Huang | Undergraduate Economics 2019
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