Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ in Market Square. In case you missed the grand opening this past weekend, the Holiday Market is open every day through December 23. That's plenty of time left, even for last-minute shoppers.
With an Old World accent, our Holiday Market brings a centuries-old European tradition to Pittsburgh for what we hope will become a holiday favorite around here for years to come. Even in its first few days, the Market is proving to be a big hit with shoppers and the local, national and international vendors bringing their special brand of holiday cheer to the Square. Starting every day at 11:00 a.m., holiday shoppers can visit the market until 8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. And just what will you find in the Market? Well, here's a look at the many talented people from far and near who are helping the Square look a lot like Christmas:
Alpine Heritage: The eastern European traditions come alive here with colorful, delicate hand-blown ornaments, festive ceramic holiday dishes and oh so intricately carved Nativity scenes inside tiny little wooden tabernacles on stone bases.
Artel: Mother Russia shares her blessings in the shape of Faberge-style eggs created by craftsmen from their homeland. These delicate pendants and lockets pay homage to Peter Faberge, the favorite designer of the Czars. By the way, Artel is the name Faberge gave to work stations in his shop.
Gorilla Dust Designs: This vendor's name comes from a phrase her grandmother used to describe the glitter her granddaughter liked to sprinkle around. These truly one-of-a-kind gifts are crafted from old-time souvenir spoons found in thrift stores, garage sales and flea markets.
Linda Barnicott's Art & Gifts: Just one look and you'll recognize the sights of familiars places that make Pittsburgh even more special during the holidays. One of the area's most talented painters, Linda's been creating holiday magic on canvas, coffee cups and other media for years.
In addition, several other vendors will join the Holiday Market as the season unfolds, including:
Cha Ching Coin Jewelry: Distinctive jewelry made from only the most interesting rare and exotic coins from across the globe provide some holiday bling in this collection of unusual items from Dec. 10-13.
Lest we forget, kids also can take care of the holiday wishes at the market. Because the Big Man himself is taking up residence in the Square too. While the grownups are shopping, the little ones can visit Santa in his own specially built home almost up to Christmas Eve. And to keep you entertained, local performers with an ethnic focus will grace the Cultural Showcase Stage on weekends. So, bring the entire family to the Square to all the festivities and fun of Pittsburgh first Holiday Market.