#TBT Christmas in Pittsburgh: 15 photos of parties, decorations and merriment

See what’s changed — and what hasn’t — in more than 100 years.

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Historic Pittsburgh for letting us use their photos and captions, which were edited for brevity and clarity. 

1906-1910

Girls dancing in a gym decorated for Christmas.

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Kingsley Association Records

Dec. 23, 1915

Kids dressed for the Washington Park Christmas pageant.

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Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection

1919

West Penn Park Christmas activities.

West Penn Park Christmas activities. 1919
Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection

Dec. 23, 1925

Kids’ Christmas party at the Lewis Center.

Children’s Christmas party at the Lewis Center. December 23, 1925.
Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection

Dec. 24, 1925

Santa makes a Christmas Eve appearance at the Washington Park Children’s Christmas Tree party.

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Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection

Dec. 28, 1925

Santa makes a late appearance at the Crawford Center Christmas party.

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Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection

Dec. 25, 1933

Visitors take a break from checking out the Christmas tree in the City-County Building portico to pose for the city photographer.

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Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection

Dec. 4, 1940

F. W. Woolworth Company in East Liberty decked for Christmas.

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Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection

Dec. 23, 1948

A choral group, directed by Mr. C. L. Murphy, performing Christmas music in the waiting room at the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Terminal Station in Pittsburgh (now the Grand Concourse).

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Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Company Photographs

1950-1970

Three nuns with a group of children holding Christmas gifts in front of a Christmas tree.

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Teenie Harris Photograph Collection

1950

Children and adults Downtown gathered around a Kaufmann’s window entitled, “To Grandfather’s House for Christmas.”

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Paul Slantis Photograph Collection

Dec. 18, 1952

A Christmas display located in the main lobby of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad station concourse ( … again, what is now Grand Concourse).

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Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Company Photographs

Dec. 2, 1955

Chatham sophomores make decorations for the Christmas dance, now known as the Holiday Ball. Pictured, left to right, are members of the class of 1958: Elizabeth MacFarland, Patricia Gregory, and Audrey Reuter. The sophomores presented “Christmas in Candlelight” Dec. 2, 1955 at the Hotel Webster Hall, and music was provided by the Lee Kelton Orchestra.

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Chatham University Chronological Photograph Files

Dec. 7, 1958

A truck hauling the Mellon Park Christmas tree, Downtown.

A truck hauling the Mellon Park Christmas tree on December 7, 1958.
Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection

Dec. 23, 1970

Mayor Pete Flaherty giving his Christmas message. During his tenure, Three Rivers Stadium opened, the Pirates won the World Series (1971), and the Steelers won two Super Bowls (1974-1975).

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Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection
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