Check out these holiday season events in the Sewickley Valley
Here's a look at some holiday events happening around the Sewickley Valley and some throughout the Pittsburgh region.
Light Up Night in Sewickley
Find details about Light Up Night in Sewickley here .
Parade is set for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 2. Parade travels through the business district ending at Wolcott Park, where Santa sits at the gazebo.
Luncheon with Santa
The Leetsdale Police Department is hosting a Luncheon with Santa from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Leetsdale Borough Building Community Room, 373 Beaver St.
Details, call 724-266-4820.
Ohio Valley Lines
1225 Merchant St., Ambridge
The Ohio Valley Lines Model Railroad Club and Museum is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 7.
Visitors can view the HO-scale railroad on the first floor and N-scale model railway in the club's basement. Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for children ages 3-12. For more information, visit ohiovalleylines.org.
St. John's Lutheran Church
The chur ch, 1320 Church Street, Ambridge, will host its live outdoor nativity beginning at 4:20 p.m. Dec. 2.
The presentation repeats every 20 minutes with the final showing at 7:20 p.m.
A service of carols and bells will follow at 8 p.m.
The dining room, serving authentic German food, will be open 1 to 7 p.m.
A German bakery, featuring German cookies and pastries will also be available. The public is cordially invited to celebrate with us.
The historic church building will be open to the public with guided tours offered from 2 to 7:20 p.m.
Old Economy Village
270 Sixteenth St., Ambridge
• Christmas at the Village, Dec. 2 and 3, includes holiday decorations, choir performances, gift shop and crafts. Regular admission required.
• Christmas dinner, 6 p.m. Dec. 6. Candlelit dinner will be held in the Feast Hall and includes a performance by Pittsburgh Opera. For more information on these events, visit oldeconomyvillage.org.
Christmas on Merchant
Ambridge Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Christmas on Merchant event from11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2.
Parade will begin at 11 a.m. Additional activities include a cookie walk, games, music, and the Ambridge Area High School Band Craft Show, which will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at Ambridge Area High School.
• Moon Township will host Brunch with Santa from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 2 at the fire station in the Public Safety Building, 1000 Beaver Grade Road. Children can meet Santa and deliver their wish list. Cost is $5 per person.
• The township will host Light Up Night from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Municipal Building complex, 1700 Beaver Grade Road. The event includes music, crafts, story time, live ice carving, hay rides, snacks and a visit from Santa, who will appear at 6:30 p.m. for the tree lighting.
Quaker Valley School District will host several winter music concerts. All shows begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
• Grades 6-12 orchestra, Dec. 4, middle school auditorium
• Sixth-grade band and chorus, Dec. 6, middle school auditorium
• Edgeworth fifth-grade band, chorus and orchestra; Dec. 7, Edgeworth Elementary School
• Seventh- and eighth-grade chorus, Dec. 11, middle school auditorium
• Osborne fifth-grade band, chorus and orchestra; Dec. 12, Osborne Elementary School
• Seventh- and eighth-grade band, Dec. 13, middle school auditorium
• High school band and chorus, Dec. 14, high school auditorium
Saturdays in Sewickley
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., carriage rides, Santa at the gazebo, holiday music.
Santa at the Station
• Noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Cochran Hose Company station, 601 Thorn St. Children and families are invited to visit with Santa and fire trucks.
Sewickley Public Library
• A Holiday Wreath Making program sponsored by the Little Sewickley Creek Watershed Association and the Village Garden Club of Sewickley will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Bring a bow or holiday decoration. For grades third to eighth..
• Learn how to make pop-up Christmas Cards during a program from 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8. Hot cocoa and cookies will available after card-making. For grades third through fifth.
• Build a gingerbread house during a program from 1 to 2 p.m. and again from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Registration is required by Dec. 7.
• Pittsburgh artist and children's illustrator Jeff Brunner will lead a holiday ornament workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 10. For kindergarten through fifth grade.
• A Hogwarts Holiday Party will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13.
• A Woofy Holiday Party for dogs and humans will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be music, games and treats for all.
• “The Muppet Christmas Carol” will be shown beginning at 1 p.m. Dec. 28. Popcorn will be provided. Family program.
• A “Polar Express”-themed story time, which includes a showing of the movie, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 30. Wear your pajamas and bring a blanket and pillow. Hot chocolate will be provided. Family program.
Ohio Township will host its Tree Lighting Celebration from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at Ohio Township Community Park, 325 Nicholson Road. Tree lighting and Santa arrival is at 7 p.m.
Woodland Ridge Light Up Night
The Moon Township neighborhood of Woodland Ridge, off of Thorn Run Road, will host is 28th annual Light Up Night at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Many homeowners decorate and are judged in several categories. Winning homes are noted with signs.
Santa Claus visits the community during the event. Luminaria bags line many of the properties in the neighborhood.
Homes are lit through the month.
Thursday nightsin Sewickley
• 6 to 8 p.m., carriage rides, holiday music, some stores open later
The Frick Pittsburgh in Point Breeze is tipping its hat this holiday season to the domestic staff that kept the large home running during the busy holiday season.
“Through the Back Door: Domestic Service at Clayton During the Holidays” is open through Jan. 7.
Household staff entered 7227 Reynolds St. through the back door, their work was essential in keeping Henry Clay Frick's grand mansion in tip-top shape for the family's elaborate lifestyle and their many guests.
The lives of the individuals who made their living working at Clayton are illuminated through artifacts and archival resources displayed throughout the house, including payroll records, shopping lists and vouchers for household expenses, while colorful poinsettias, live greens, and a traditional Christmas tree evoke traditions of holidays past.
Holiday tour admission is $15, $13 seniors, students and active-duty military, and $8 ages 6-16.
Details: 412-371-0600 or thefrickpittsburgh.org.
Carnegie Museum of Art
Grab your ice skates and get to the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland on Dec. 1.
Yes, you read that correctly.
The facility is installing a synthetic ice-skating rink in the Hall of Sculpture for the Carnegie Museum of Art on Ice Winter Party. If you don't own skates there will be free rentals available.
The slick, plastic surface works with normal ice skates — no water or freezing temperatures needed. Museum galleries will be open throughout the evening from 6 to 9 p.m. with special holiday-themed tours. The museum's annual Neapolitan presepio, a display of life-like figures and colorful details that recreate the Nativity within an 18th century Italian village life, and annual Holiday Trees will be on view in the Hall of Architecture.
On Dec. 2, the museum store hosts it Holiday Open House. The store will offer live music and free gift wrapping. The ice rink will be available that day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Skate rental will be $5.
Tickets for the ice skating party are $35.
Details: 412-622-3131 or cmoa.org.
‘A Very Merry Pittsburgh'
For so many Pittsburghers, the holiday season was not complete without a trip Downtown to Kaufmann's Department Store.
Wandering the floors, all aglow with lights and decorations, clutching shopping bags, dining at Tic Toc, people marveled at the sights, pressed noses to the windows full of holiday magic and waited in line to see Santa Claus.
The Senator John Heinz History Center is celebrating those cherished memories generations of families have with its new exhibition, “A Very Merry Pittsburgh,” featuring original artifacts from Kaufmann's and Macy's and Christmas decorations.
Visitors can ooh and aah over toys including World War I soldiers, an original Slinky, Mrs. Potato Head, Barbie, Easy-Bake Oven, Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots, and a Red Ryder BB gun (like Ralphie pines for in “A Christmas Story”).
Visitors can see giant Mr. and Mrs. Claus ornaments from Kaufmann's; its Santaland mailbox, where thousand of Pittsburgh children mailed their Christmas lists to the North Pole; and original costumes and float materials from the former Macy's holiday parade in Pittsburgh.
While there aren't any Arcade Bakery thumbprints or Tic Toc Reuben sandwiches to taste, visitors also can visit St. Nick in an exact replica of his original chair from Kaufmann's from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day through Christmas Eve.
The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 15 and is included with admission of $16; $14 for seniors; and $6.50 for ages 6-17.
For more information, visit heinzhistorycenter.org or call 412-454-6000.