Highmark Holiday Pops. Photo by Wade Massie.

Heinz Hall
December 17 & 18
Various times

With the recently announced end of the 55-day musicians’ strike, the holiday season just got a whole lot brighter for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and classical music fans.

Francesco Lecce-Chong. Photo by Anastasia Chernyavsky.

Rejoice at the welcome news, be uplifted by festive sounds of the season and kick off the holidays as a family when the PSO’s signature Highmark Holiday Pops returns triumphantly to Heinz Hall for two weekends.

A cherished family tradition across the region, this year’s Holiday Pops boasts even more holiday tunes and carols—and a few festive surprises.

Capathia Jenkins.

PSO assistant conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong will lead rousing performances of seasonal favorites such as  “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker, “Hallelujah Chorus” from Messiah, Marvin Hamlisch’s “Chanukah Lights,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” and more.

This spectacular lineup of featured guest artists and ensembles includes NYC-based Broadway star Capathia Jenkins, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Three Rivers Ringers, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and the return of that holly jolly man in the red suit.

Adding to all of the merriment, audiences are also invited to bask in the holiday glow by viewing Heinz Hall’s beautifully decorated, 25-foot Christmas tree and large menorah.

Courtesy PSO.

New this year is the not-to-miss NRG Gingerbread House, which will be located in the scenic Heinz Hall Garden through December 24. The special Gingerbread House revives another Pittsburgh tradition—Santaland at Kaufmann’s and Macy’s—becoming the new home of the original downtown Santaland Co., including the vintage Santa’s chair, reindeer, wreaths and red carpet.

Doors open one hour before concert start times.

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Looking for more events? Check out our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in December and 10 great family adventures in Pittsburgh this December feature stories.

Jennifer Baron

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...