Holidays in the ‘Burgh

15 things to do in Pittsburgh instead of shop on Black Friday

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MJ Slaby

Whether you’re against the idea of spending today shopping, or so efficient at it that you’re already done, the post-Thanksgiving doldrums are bound to hit. We’re rounded up a list of ways to fill the hours that doesn’t include the mall or eating leftovers. You could…

Get outside

Holidays in the ‘Burgh

Go skating in a holiday wonderland

The MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place has everything for a perfect holiday-themed outdoor workout. The ice rink is bigger than the one at Rockefeller Center in New York City and is surrounded with holiday decor. It's open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturdays through Jan. 1.

Where: PPG Plaza at 1 PPG Place (Downtown)

When: November 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to November 25, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.

How much: $8 and $4 for skate rental

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Go to a museum

Make art at the Mattress Factory

It's family day at the Mattress Factory and that means face painting, a hot chocolate bar (!!), a DJ and hands-on art making. All activities are included with admission.

Where: Mattress Factory at 500 Sampsonia Way (Central North Side)

When: November 24, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How much: $20 for adults | $15 for students

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  • See the stars at Carnegie Science Center, 1 Allegheny Ave. (North Shore). “Stars over Pittsburgh” is in the Buhl Planetarium at noon and 3 p.m., and you can learn to find the planets and constellations currently in the night sky. The live show is included in admission ($27.90 for adults).
  • Go to the Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St. (North Shore). It’s a “Good Friday” so from 5 to 10 p.m., admission is half price (that’s $10 for adults), and there’s a cash bar.

Listen to music

Dance dinner away (silently)

At this silent party, choose the music you want to dance to, regardless of what everyone else is listening to. Pop on headphones and pick from a mix of '80s, '90s and 2000s; Top 40 and pop or hip hop. Each station has a corresponding color so you can see who's dancing along to the same tunes.

Where: Galaxy Lounge & Entertainment Center at 7246 Kelly St. (Homewood)

When: November 25, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. to November 26, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: $15

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  • Re-name today “Buy Nothing Day” at this free show. Johnny Hates 45’s, Fortune Teller, Water Trash and Pachyderm will perform at this show hosted by Social Fools Recordings. It’s 7 to 11 p.m. at Mr. Roboto Project, 5106 Penn Ave. (Garfield).
  • Blast Christmas music and sing along. Both 3WS Radio (94.5 FM) and Wish 99.7 FM are playing holiday tunes.

See a show

Eat, drink and craft at a City Theatre after party

See "The Old Man and The Old Moon," and stick around to meet artists, try beers from Penn Brewery, and eat snacks from Carmella's Plates & Pints. You can also make DIY jewelry at the craft table and try puppeteering.

Where: City Theatre at 1300 Bingham St. (South Side)

When: November 24, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

How much: $30

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  • It’s not always OK to laugh at family, but this time it’s encouraged. Steel City Improv Theater is hosting FamilyProv where members of the improv group will perform with their non-improvising family members. The show’s at 8 p.m. at Steel City Improv Theater, 5950 Ellsworth Ave. (Shadyside). Tickets are $10.
  • Speaking of families on stage, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s “The Humans” tells the story of one family’s Thanksgiving meal, and the actors actually eat dinner every show.  The show’s at 8 p.m. at O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave. (Downtown). Tickets are $30 to $65.

Spread holiday cheer

Holidays in the ‘Burgh

See the holiday lights at Kennywood

It's opening day for Kennywood's holiday light display. Go to see the lights, hear local choirs perform and see Pittsburgh Dad. Of course, there will be fireworks.

Where: Kennywood at 4800 Kennywood Blvd. (West Mifflin)

When: November 24, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

How much: $15.99 online | $18.99 at the gate

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  • OK, we promised a list with no food, but how about some drinks? Pop-up bar Miracle on Market opens at 4 p.m. Plus, the over-the-top decorations are the perfect way to get in the holiday mood and all the proceeds go to 412 Food Rescue.
  • Miss Light Up Night in Pittsburgh? Or want to re-live it on a smaller scale? Etna is having its Light Up Night from 6 to 9 p.m. on Butler and Walnut streets. There will be reindeer, carolers and, of course, fireworks.

Want some more? Explore other Holidays in the ‘Burgh stories.

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