Holiday season set to kick off with Brentwood Light Up Night
The decorations are in the stores, retailers are running holiday specials, lights are starting to spring up on houses and the weather is getting colder.
Ready or not the holiday season is alive and well in the South Hills. And that begs the question: What holiday events are taking place locally that the whole family can enjoy?
A lot, actually. Over the next several weeks, the South Hills Record will publish in print and online a list of local and regional holiday events and activities.
Among upcoming festivities is one of the biggest and most popular holiday events in the South Hills Record area is the Brentwood Business Owners Association's annual Light Up Night. The event, now in its 15th year, is slated from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 18 along two blocks of Brownsville Road — from DeWalt Avenue to St. Peter's Episcopal Church.
Rita Day, who helps organize the event for the association, said there is something for everyone.
Among the activities at the event this year include a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Kids will be able to hear two story times with Mrs. Claus at the Crack'd Egg, 4131 Brownsville Road, while Santa will on hand to hear what children want for Christmas.
A number of venders will be on site selling crafts and food, Day said. There also will be a gaming van for older children who might be more interested in playing video games. Other highlights include an ice sculptor, the Brentwood High School marching band, plus Smiley Cookies from Eat'n Park.
The community tree this year comes from Simmons Farm in Peters Township in Washington County.
Day said the tree was donated by the Brentwood High School teachers. The tree will be at Brentwood Towne Square.
“It's a 15-foot tall (tree) and looks beautiful,” she said.
Jefferson Hills' Holiday Celebration is 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 27 at its Municipal Center, 925 Old Clairton Road.
Throughout the municipal building and adjoining library will be a dozen decorated theme trees. Themed trees in the past have included a Star Wards tree and a Jefferson Hills High School tree.
Jane Milner, program coordinator for the Jefferson Hills library, said kids will have an opportunity to get a photo with Santa and have story time with Mrs. Claus. There also will be crafts for the children, and the Thomas Jefferson High School A Cappella Jag and orchestra groups will provide the entertainments. And, refreshments will be provided.
Baldwin Borough will have its holiday festival from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 at the borough building, 3344 Churchview Ave.
The event, sponsored by the Baldwin Kiwanis, includes lots of family activities including carolers from Baldwin High School, said Kristina Badali, Kiwanis president.
The festival usually begins outside by the log cabin which sits in front of the borough building, Badali said.
Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive on a fire truck around 6:30 p.m., she said.
After his arrival, the celebration will be moved inside to the municipal auditorium.
“Kids will be able to get their picture taken with Santa Claus,” Badali said.
In addition to Santa Claus, there will be 24 venders who will be selling everything from hot chocolate and holiday wreathes to scarves.
There will also be a craft station for children. Plus, the Baldwin Historical Society will have the log cabin, next to the municipal building, open to the public.
The cabin, which dates back to 1830, was donated to the borough in 2003.
“In the spirit of giving, we're asking people who come to either bring a nonperishable food item, or make a monetary donation to the Baldwin food pantry,” she said.
Caste Village's Light Up Night is scheduled for 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2.
The following day — on Dec. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. — the Whitehall retail center will have Bowl With Santa at the Princess Lanes Bowling Alley.
Kids will have a chance to bowl, make reindeer food, play games and get a goodie bag. The cost is $10 per person.
People are being asked to bring one nonperishable food item to receive a free shoe rental.
Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church
The Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, 199 Old Clairton Road, has scheduled its annual holiday illumination from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9. Hot cider and crafts for kids of all ages will be available.
There will be cookie decorating, light dinner options and homemade desserts.
There will also be seasonal songs and Christmas carols. Free shuttles will run from the Pleasant Hills Borough Building and Pleasant Hills Middle School.
People are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for the Cloverleaf Food Bank.
Pleasant Hills Public Library
The Pleasant Hills Public Library, 302 Old Clairton Road, will hold its annual family holiday party 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Stoiries, crafts, games and snacks, plus a visit from Santa Claus. Please bring a half dozen cookies per family to share. A $2 donation per child will be collected at the door.
The library will have a Gingerbread House Workshop at either 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Dec. 16. Come decorate a pre-made gingerbread house. A $3 materials fee is requested and registration is required.
Suzanne Elliott is a Tribune-Review staff writer. She can be reached at email@example.com or 412-871-2346.