Carnegie Trees

Carnegie Museum of Art
Through January 7, 2018
Various times

The fresh scent of Colorado spruce, cherished children’s literature and the magic of the holiday spirit will converge for this Pittsburgh tradition.

Don your elegant holiday attire and join The Women’s Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art to kick off the holiday season.

The 56th annual Carnegie Trees opening celebration will showcase towering trees adorned with ornaments depicting characters from timeless children’s books like “The Wizard of Oz,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Cat in the Hat,” “The Jungle Book” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the magnificent Hall of Architecture and stroll amidst majestic, 20-feet-tall Colorado spruce trees.

The towering trees will flank the CMOA’s exquisite 18th-century Neapolitan presepio Nativity scene. A rare collection that was handcrafted between 1700 and 1830, the presepio features lifelike figures and vibrant details recreating the Nativity within a detailed panorama of 18th-century Italian village life.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Carnegie Warm Welcome, which provides free museum admission, along with hats, socks and gloves, to 725 children.

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Can’t make the opening event? The stunning Carnegie Trees and presepio will be on view to the public through January 7, 2018.

Watch curator Rachel Delphia set up and discuss the presepio in this video:

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.