Friday, November 24, 2017

HDIC Events: Light Up Night

Every year, the City of Pittsburgh welcomes the holiday season with “Light Up Night.”  The city turns on its Christmas tree, other businesses and groups turn on their holiday lights.  There are concerts, fireworks, and merry festivities all throughout Downtown Pittsburgh.

 Downtown Pittsburgh.
After several years of reasons for not going (usually revolving around bad weather), this year, the weather forecast was looking a little chilly but manageable, and no rain or snow in the forecast.  So I geared up and went.  My night started with the lighting of the tree in Market Square, sponsored by BNY Mellon.  This tree is surrounded by a holiday village of shops all with different craft or food vendors.

The BNY Mellon Christmas Tree in Market Square
We then saw the lighting of the Horne’s Tree (or what used to be Horne’s Tree at the old department store– it’s now a Highmark building).  This also included some rooftop fireworks.

The Horne’s Christmas Tree and Rooftop Fireworks.
Then, I walked down to Point State Park to view the tree down there and get some pictures of it with other notable landmarks, such as Heinz Field.

The Christmas Tree at the Point with the City as a backdrop.
The headlining concert this year was Andy Grammer!  He played for about an hour and then the main fireworks commenced!

Andy Grammer Performs at Light Up Night

Light Up Night Fireworks
Outside of these events, there were also ice sculpting, other concerts, radio stations, and other events and people around.  It was an enjoyable night, and I was able to capture some really cool photographs!  Here’s to nice weather for next year, too!

All images copyright 2017 Allen Howard/HDIC Productions

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