The City of Pittsburgh will hold the 105th Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, but there won't be crowds gathered to watch the annual kickoff to the holiday season in the steel city.
Light Up Night was cancelled in October of this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the tree lighting will be streamed online Friday night (Nov. 20) at 7:30pm. Mayor Bill Peduto and Santa Claus will be together for the pre-recorded ceremony.
Watch it here (the video may show as unavailable until 7:30pm):
“I want to thank our Office of Special Events and our Department of Public Works for making sure this beloved tradition endures. I invite all of Pittsburgh to gather with their family and watch the ceremony online this year. 2020 has been a year like no other and until we can gather again, we’re all adapting to this new medium.”
Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform a medley of holiday songs.
This year's tree, a 33' tall spruce, came from the yard of a Hill District resident named Nola Lee.
The tree will be on display at the City-County building until early January.