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5 things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend: Dec. 22-24

| Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, 8:55 p.m.
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Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
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It's Christmas time in the city!

Christmas weekend has finally arrived and there's still plenty to do in Pittsburgh. From cookies to creches and TSO to trolleys ... hop aboard and enjoy the best time of the year.

DIY cookies

Just in case you don't have enough sweet treats to eat this holiday season, the Carnegie Library Downtown & Business branch opens its doors for a cookie decorating party.

The party will bring holiday cheer to the library — 612 Smithfield St. — from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 23.

Using icing, food coloring, sprinkles and more, decorate cookies as presents to loved ones or your own stomach!

A moment to reflect

Each holiday season, the Pittsburgh Creche delights visitors to downtown Pittsburgh. This larger-than-life nativity scene is the world's only authorized replica of the Vatican's Christmas creche, which is on display in St. Peter's Square in Rome, according to

The Pittsburgh Creche is open to the public 24 hours a day at U.S. Steel Plaza, 600 Grant St. It remains on display until Epiphany, Jan. 6, 2018.

A rockin' Christmas

Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Pittsburgh's PPG Paints Arena for two holiday shows — 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 22.

The larger-than-life music and storytelling of the TSO has become a holiday tradition for its millions of fans.

Details: 800-745-3000 or

Last-minute requests

Get in one last visit with Santa in the Senator John Heinz History Center's holly jolly exhibit, A Very Merry Pittsburgh! Santa Claus will be at the history center from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Christmas Eve.

Make sure to bring your smartphones and cameras for photos with Santa in an exact replica of his original chair from the Santaland display at Kaufmann's and Macy's department store. A Very Merry Pittsburgh features artifacts from Kaufmann's famous Christmas window displays, holiday décor, historic toys spanning the 1940s to the 2000s, and much more. A visit with Santa Claus is included with regular museum admission. The history center is located at 1212 Smallman St. in the Strip District.

All aboard

Had enough of sitting round the tree? All About the Burgh, The Culture to Ketchup Tour is the ticket for you.

The Molly's Trolleys Sightseeing Tour departs from Station Square and travels to popular areas of the Pittsburgh, including Downtown, the North Shore, Strip District, Oakland and the South Side. It also includes a behind the scenes tour and ride on the historic cable railway, the Duquesne Incline. The tour departs 11 a.m. Dec. 23.

Details: 412-391-7433

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