Pittsburgh Happenings: December 26-January 1

Even though December is coming to an end, there’s still plenty of time to celebrate the holidays in Pittsburgh. Take this chance to hum along to your favorite Christmas songs one last time, engage in a little holiday trivia, and dance — or plunge — your way into the New Year!

A man in small orange glasses and a black shirt smiles in front of a grey background.
Photo courtesy of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Dwayne Dolphin Fo’tet

Greer Cabaret, December 26

Finally take a breath now that Christmas is over, relax, and enjoy the soothing jazz of Dwayne Dolphin Fo’tet. Dwayne Dolphin is a mainstay in the jazz scene, working with Pittsburgh greats and famous musicians alike. His vast and diverse experience makes each show a special experience.

Two people cheers their drinks in front of a lit up Christmas tree in Pittsburgh's National Aviary
Photo courtesy of The National Aviary

Holiday Late Nights

National Aviary, December 26-29

Explore the wonderful birds of the Aviary after dark and have the chance to participate in different nightly activities. Try your hand at holiday trivia, decorate an edible gingerbread house, or paint a seasonal cardinal. Take this opportunity to get into the last bit of holiday spirit.

An acrobat spins on a hoop in the sky in a patterned leotard.
Photo courtesy of A Magical Cirque Christmas

A Magical Cirque Christmas

Benedum Center, December 29-30

Embrace the holiday spirit with a variety show full of nostalgia, charm, and outstanding performances for all ages. Get ready to be dazzled as you witness the incredible talents of world-class entertainers performing to your favorite holiday music.

A person in a red jacket pouring another a glass of wine at the wine table aboard the Pittsburgh Gateway Clipper.
Photo courtesy of The Gateway Clipper Fleet

New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise and Tour

Gateway Clipper Fleet, December 31

Start out your New Year’s Eve with a full belly aboard this early evening riverboat dinner and tour. Feast on a delicious New Year’s Eve Buffet, dance away to the DJ, enjoy a glass of champagne, and get the best view of the festive Pittsburgh Skyline all lit up.

A bunch of men jump into the Monongahela river in Pittsburgh with the bridges in the background.
Photo courtesy of WPXI

Pittsburgh Polar Bear Club Plunge

Mon Warf, January 1

Have you ever wished to take a dive into the Monongahela River? Now’s your chance to jump into the freezing waters for a good cause. Help raise funds and awareness with the Salvation Army to keep vulnerable persons throughout Western Pennsylvania warm this winter. 

Story by Kylie Thomas

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