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New & Notable December 2023


DAZZLING NIGHTS AT THE PITTSBURGH BOTANICAL GARDEN

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden promises to immerse you in the wonder of the holidays at their Dazzling Nights event, perfect for families, friends and date nights. Have fun stepping on interactive lights, explore a forest of light and fog and journey through a 65’ tunnel of light on before taking a photo to remember at their towering tree. This event runs from November 24th-January 1st.


FCAHS STUDENTS CHOSEN FOR PMEA DISTRICT 1 ORCHESTRA

Nine Fox Chapel Area High School students have been selected by audition to perform with the 2023 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 1 Honors String Orchestra. The students are seniors Amelia Costello (violin), Sophia Rike (cello), and Bridget Yun (cello); junior Anna Delale-O’Connor (violin); sophomores Xing Carlough (viola), Michael Costello (bass), and Eloise Johnson (violin); and freshmen Ozlem Sayrak (cello) and Leonidas Vandapel (cello). A total of 75 of the top student-musicians from Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland counties were selected for the District 1 Honors String Orchestra.


WHO’S HOLIDAY PLAYING AT GREER CABARET THEATER FROM DECEMBER 1ST-31ST

WHO’S HOLIDAY! by Matthew Lombardo is strictly R-rated, so don’t bring your kiddo. Cindy Lou’s now a grown-up, with all that it brings—cocktails and cursing and jokes are her things. By the ending, we’re left with the thinks that we thought. Which underscores all of the laughter she wrought. Just like us all, Cindy Lou just needs kindness. It’s good that WHO’S HOLIDAY! is here to remind us.


HOLIDAY MAGIC! WINTER FLOWER SHOW AND LIGHT GARDEN

Phipps’ glowing gardens are back and bigger, brighter and more breathtaking than ever from November 17th to January 7th! Their 2023 show, Holiday Magic!, features a Winter Flower Show of holiday trees, 1,600+ poinsettias, orchids, amaryllis and topiary reindeer, while the Winter Light Garden wows guests with tens of thousands of lights, glowing tunnels and illuminated panes of glass. With a new theme of Arctic Adventure, be on the lookout for arctic whale, iceberg, narwhal and polar bear displays with twinkling lights, water features and incredible scenery.


HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS AT THE NATIONAL AVIARY

Spend your holidays at the National Aviary with events happening from Nov. 25th-Dec. 29th! Enjoy family-fun activities during Season’s Greetings Saturdays, festively-decorated Holiday Brunches in The Garden Room and late nights with the birds during Holiday Lights and Late Nights sponsored by Baird!


TINSEL AND TRIVIA HOLIDAY BASH

’Tis the season to come together for some merry competition! This event is happening on December 15th from 6:30-9:30 p.m at Northland Library. There will be snacks, crafts, decorating contests, and of course, trivia. So deck yourself in your finest holiday outfit and join us for some festive after-hours fun at the Library. Registration is required. Snacks and a hot chocolate bar will be provided. Join us in the nonfiction area of the Library on the upper-level.



THE LAWRENCEVILLE COOKIE TOUR

Holiday shopping has never been so fun (and so filling). This free event, happening on December 9th and 10th, allows shoppers to sample fresh, homemade cookies as they find incredible gifts for everyone on their list. Make sure to hop on the event trolley as it makes stops throughout Lawrenceville and Penn Avenue.


THE NUTCRACKER WITH THE PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE

Snow settles across the city as a wonderful adventure begins in PBT’s The Nutcracker, running from December 8th-28th. Join Marie, her Nutcracker prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy on a journey into the Land of Enchantment. Five fanciful scenes, more than 150 unique costumes and Tchaikovsky’s enduring score make The Nutcracker a can’t-miss holiday tradition.


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