What to do this week in Pittsburgh: Dec. 17-23, 2018

‘Tis the season for Christmas music, ugly sweater parties, holiday movies, and last-minute shopping.

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Rossilynne Culgan / The Incline
Rossilynne Culgan

This week is your chance to finally settle the debate: Is “Die Hard” a Christmas movie?

It’s also the week for Christmas music, ugly sweaters, holiday movies, and last-minute shopping. And might we suggest this merry and bright 9-stop Downtown Pittsburgh holiday walking tour?

Here’s what’s on tap for the next seven days.

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💪 5 p.m. Thursday: Nominate rising leaders for our Who’s Next: Fitness & Health class.


Other events you’ll love

Monday, Dec. 17

🎨 7 p.m. Monday (South Side): If you’re into both Dr. Who and Christmas cheer, this is the event for you. Learn to paint your own version of “A Blue Box for Christmas.”

Tuesday, Dec. 18

🎶 6 p.m. Tuesday (North Shore): Attend The Concert for the Tree of Life, featuring Daya, Low Cut Connie, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Sean Rowe and more at Stage AE. Proceeds benefit The Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh’s Victims of Terror Fund.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

🎼 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Downtown): Get into the holiday spirit with A Benedum Christmas – Home for the Holidays, showcasing local vocalists, songwriters, and musicians performing unique renditions of holiday classics, along with their own originals.

Thursday, Dec. 20

👕 6 p.m. Thursday (Wilkinsburg): Grab your ugliest Christmas sweater and head to Wilkinsburg Public Library for hot chocolate, music, and crafts.

Friday, Dec. 21

🐟 4 p.m. Friday (Wilkinsburg): It may not be fish fry season, but it’s a Fish Friday at Nancy’s East End Diner with fresh, hand-dipped cod.

Saturday, Dec. 22

🎁 10 a.m. Saturday (McCandless): “I Made It! Market’s” Very Last Minute Shopping event has you covered if you’re still wrapping up your gift-buying.

❄️ 1 p.m. Saturday (Oakmont): Watch the classic Bing Crosby film “White Christmas” and drink seasonal cocktails at the Oaks Theater.

💪 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday (Downtown): Whether or not you believe Die Hard is a Christmas movie, “strap yourselves in for a Midnight Radio original parody production of the ultimate holiday action thriller…. Die Hard N’at,” the event listing states, “Yippee Ki-Yay, Ya Jags!”

🎸 6 p.m. Saturday (Millvale): For those who like their holiday tunes with a side of rock ‘n roll, get tickets for Yinzmas: A Merry Night of Pittsburgh Rock at Mr. Smalls. Six Pittsburgh bands will perform an unplugged/stripped down set of original music and Christmas covers. Ugly sweaters encouraged.

🎅 7:30 p.m. Saturday (North Side): Get into the spirit at Honky-Tonk Jukebox’s Good Ole Country Christmas Celebration, a concert at the Elks featuring Who’s Nexter Devin Moses.

Sunday, Dec. 23

🛒 All day Sunday (Downtown): Attention, procrastinators: Today is the last day of the Market Square holiday market, so hurry up and grab any last-minute gifts right now.


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