At the annual Pittsburgh Peoples Gas Holiday Market™, the festive possibilities are endless, from enjoying live music as you stroll through Market Square to browsing through the eclectic selection of European-styled wooden chalets stalls brimming with items.
This uniquely international holiday experience is a truly charming event that evokes the spirit of Christmas, whether you’re there to enjoy the variety of local artisans and restaurants, or simply waiting each day for Santa Claus to arrive!
If you are in the area, you won’t be disappointed with the Pittsburgh Christmas Market-especially on opening weekend. In fact, Peoples Gas Holiday Market ™ was voted the #1 holiday market in the United States by USA Today’s 10Best, in 2020.
In this Pittsburgh Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ guide, we’ll share everything you need to know about experiencing the wonders of this Pittsburg Christmas tradition for yourself.
NOTE: We last visited this Christmas market in December 2016, so take note that some things may be different this year. We’ve tried to keep this guide as up-to-date as possible, but let us know if you spot anything we should change!
When is Pittsburgh Peoples Gas Holiday Market™
According to the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s website, this year’s Pittsburgh Peoples Gas Holiday Market ™ dates are:
- November 19, 2021 – December 23, 2021
- Monday – Thursday: 11 AM – 8 PM
- Friday – Saturday: 11 AM – 9:30 PM
- Sunday: 11 AM – 6 PM
The Market will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day
This is the 10th anniversary of the holiday event and the Market opening on November 19, 2021, will coincide with the beginning of the city’s holiday celebrations.
Where to Stay for Pittsburgh Holiday Market
If you have never been to Pittsburgh, take an extra day to look around. There are museums, historical locations, arts, and sports – all downtown. And the restaurants in Pittsburgh are varied and outstanding! Admittedly I’m a bit biased, having grown up in the area.
In need of a place to stay? Here are some quick recommendations for hotels near Peoples Gas Holiday Market ™ :
- Budget: Check prices and availability
- Mid-Range: Check prices and availability
- Luxury: Check prices and availability
Budget: EVEN Hotels Downtown. Right next to the Convention Center and about 1 mile from the Andy Warhol Museum, this is a good, no-frills hotel. Offering American breakfast, and on-site restaurant (Cork & Kale), this budget-friendly gem even has a ping-pong table!
Mid-Range: Omni William Penn Hotel. One of my favorite hotels, and a place where you will find traditional elegance in a quiet setting. History abounds in Pennsylvania and this hotel is no exception. Excellent staff made our stay perfect. We have been back several times.
Luxury: Fairmont Pittsburgh. If you are looking for a lush hotel, this is a good choice. First-class amenities, professional staff, and easy access to everything in downtown Pittsburgh make the Fairmont an easy choice for those seeking a luxurious base.
Where to Find Pittsburgh Peoples Gas Holiday Market ™
The Peoples Gas Holiday Market ™ will be held in the familiar Market Square, 23 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA, at the corner of Market Street and Forbes Avenue, in downtown Pittsburg PA.
What to Eat at Pittsburgh Peoples Gas Holiday Market ™
Like to nibble while Christmas shopping? There is plenty to eat and drink at this holiday wonderland.
My philosophy during the holidays is ‘dessert first’ and apple strudel is one of my favorites.
A type of German sausage made from veal, beef, or most commonly pork, bratwurst is a must try at the Peoples Gas Holiday Market. Usually fried or cooked on a grill, my Grandmother’s were always veal and delicious!
Easy to eat while walking – this is definitely a great quick snack while you wait for Santa.
Hot Apple Cider & Hot Chocolate
There is nothing more perfect than sipping hot apple cider or hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day. Grab a cup while browsing through the Alpine-style stalls. We always do.
What to Buy at Pittsburgh Peoples Gas Holiday Market ™
Come winter, the Market Square is transformed into a charming European-inspired holiday market complete with festive lights and wooden chalets!
Here are some items you can look forward to while browsing.
Candles & Spices
Unique scented soy candles inspired by home and hearth- blending the aromas of flowers, herbs, and spices. These make perfect stocking stuffers or last minute gifts for the surprise dinner guest.
It is easy to find little remembrances at this market. Funny, elegant and one of a kind handmade items. On our last trip we picked up an ornament of the Liberty Bell. It sits at the top of our tree!
You’ll be enchanted with hand crafted and painted Spanish pottery perfect as a gift or for use on your Holiday table. We bought a large red, green and gold platter just before Thanksgiving. Our Turkey never looked better!
Extra Tips for Visiting the Pittsburg Market
Check the Weather & Dress Warmly
Pittsburgh weather in November & December is chilly – with below-freezing temperatures at night. Also, comfortable shoes for walking are a must.
Most vendors accept credit cards, but some do not. You wouldn’t want to miss out on that special nutcracker! Lucking the public bus, the Port Authority operates a free-fare T zone – within Downtown Pittsburgh.
Plan Your Trip Around Pittsburgh’s Other Attractions
Light Up Night – Nov 20, 2021 – 60th Anniversary
Pittsburg’s Downtown Ice Rink – open daily
The Creche – the Vatican approved Nativity Scene
The Andy Warhol Museum
Where to Find More Info on Pittsburgh’s Holiday Market
For more information, visit the Downtown Pittsburgh for the Holidays website.
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