Show off your Christmas tree AND your pet's adorable face? It's an Instagram win-win. Plus, photos of Pittsburgh pets being naughty (yes, cats, we see you) or nice can warm even the Grinch's heart. Check out these top Instagrams of pets around (and inside) the Christmas tree.
Ever wonder how your bus route got its number and letter? Well, wonder no more with this explainer from the Port Authority's transit blog. Turns out the system goes back to the streetcar system of the 1880s. And speaking of buses, have you seen or ridden the bus with the most holiday cheer in Pittsburgh?
On the Calendar
Watch "A Christmas Carol" as a 1940s radio play performed by the Ghost Light Theater Company. The play includes live music and sound effects, too.
Where: Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center at 3579 Masonic Way (West View)
When: December 11, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
How much: $12 for adults; $6 for kids
The holidays are stressful and so are Mondays. Come by yourself or with friends to play dodgeball. The first two hours are open games followed by an hour of a team tournament (with prizes!). It's co-ed and all ages.
Where: Ace Hotel Pittsburgh at 120 S Whitfield St. (East Liberty)
When: December 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $5
Join the Oakland Business Improvement District board for its annual meeting-turned-party. Enjoy music from DJ Dean McAfee, "an array of restaurants providing 'small plates' with international flavors" and a complimentary drink ticket. This "zero waste" event is 21+.
Where: Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum at 4141 5th Ave. (North Oakland)
When: December 13, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $25
Learn to make a bottle opener with reclaimed wood and rustic hardware. Then add a design and impress your friends with the finished product. All supplies are provided, and its 21+.
Where: Crafthouse Stage & Grill at 5024 Curry Rd. (Castle Shannon)
When: December 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $42
It's a Christmas classic that should be watched in ugly Christmas sweaters. There will be prizes for the best ugly sweater worn by a woman, the best ugly sweater worn by a man, and the best couple in ugly sweaters.
Where: The Hollywood Theater at 1449 Potomac Ave (Dormont)
When: December 15, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Come to see photos of abandoned and empty spaces in Pittsburgh and to try chili, Voodoo beer, and AbPgh SmokeStack Blend coffee. (The event is the same times on Friday and Saturday.)
Where: Abandoned Pittsburgh at 205 E. Ninth Ave. (Homestead)
When: December 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free