Best Holiday Light Displays in Pittsburgh

Post by 
Mia Williams

Picture this: It’s a chilly December night. You’re driving around the local neighborhood and you gaze at all the different Christmas lights and decor on the houses. So many colors shine bright in the night. But alas, you have to go home at some point. What if I told you, it didn’t have to end at driving around neighborhoods endlessly to get your holiday light fix? If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, here are some holiday light shows you and your family can experience together. 

Kennywood Holiday Lights

Price: $39.99 - on sale now for $19.99 online

From: Nov. 19 - Jan. 1

There are over 2 million lights to see here at Pittsburgh’s favorite amusement park. Kennywood also has the tallest Christmas tree in the state, making it the perfect place to visit for the holidays in Pittsburgh with your family. Plus, there are plenty of rides for kids to enjoy. Check out all the fun activities to do on Kennywood’s website.

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Lights Drive-Thru

Price: Starting at $50 per vehicle

From: Nov. 25 - Dec. 30

You’ll be able to be in the comfort of your own car as you experience this animal themed light up show at the Pittsburgh Zoo. There’s over 100 light displays with festive music and treats. All the lights are environmentally friendly, too! More info to see the light show is on the Pittsburgh Zoo website.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s Dazzling Nights

Price: $12.00 - $25.00

From: Nov. 27 - Jan. 1

Start off the night by taking a photo near the 30-foot tall Christmas tree. Then, stroll through the twinkle-filled woodlands and into the 65-foot long tunnel full of interactive lights! More information about this light show can be found on Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s website

Nellis Family Holiday Light Show

Price: Free

From: Nov. 24 - Jan. 2

Unlike other light shows being hosted by an organization, this light show is family-run in a residential neighborhood. The Nellis family has 40,000 individually programmed lights and decorations. You can drive-by and tune into their private radio frequency (105.3 FM) to enjoy some music while watching the light show. For more information about their hours, visit their Facebook page.

Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden

Price: Prices vary by age and admission

From: Nov. 18 - Jan. 8

Phipps Conservatory has put together another stunning display of lights and flowers this holiday season. This is definitely a must-see show in Pittsburgh. For this year, Phipps has added even more displays to their show: “A fantastic frozen journey that takes you through the enchanted arctic, with dripping icicle lights, hanging snowflakes and trees glowing blue,” to name just a few. For more information on admission prices and displays, check out Phipps Conservatory’s website.


Whether you’re already in the Christmas spirit or need a little extra sprinkle of magic there are plenty of wonderful winter light shows to see here in Pittsburgh. Now that you have some fun festive activities to see, be sure to to check out to find the best budget-friendly place to live. With properties in all the best and bustling areas of Pittsburgh and beyond, you’re sure to find a new place to call home this winter season.

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