PITTSBURGH – In what has become an annual tradition, Pittsburgh International Airport will kick off the busy holiday travel season with festive concerts from local schools and its fourth annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The event which welcomes the public to shop and dine in the Airside Terminal, offers free parking, in-store specials, visits with Santa and live music and entertainment throughout the day.

More than 30 shops and restaurants will spread holiday cheer with complimentary refreshments, samplings, giveaways, and special savings on a variety of unique gifts. Participants can also view a dozen new art and cultural installations from local artists and museums throughout the airport.

“The airport is a community asset and we are excited to welcome non-ticketed members of the public into the facility during this special day,” said Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis. “The airport has accomplished a lot in the past few years and we are glad to have the opportunity for everyone to take part in the momentum at Pittsburgh International Airport.”

Scheduled Performers and Activities:

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m: A balloon artist and juggler entertain the terminal
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m: Lovebettie performs classic holiday tunes
  • 12 p.m. to 4 p.m: Santa visits for photos with airport guests
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m: An African penguin visits from the National Aviary
  • 2 p.m. to 5 p.m: A visiting artist sketches caricatures of shoppers and travelers

Shoppers interested in attending the Holiday Open House should register in advance at flypittsburgh.com/openhouse and plan to arrive by 5 p.m. with a valid government-issued photo ID. Participants are also encouraged to post their adventures on social media with the hashtag #LetsShopPIT.

In addition to the Holiday Open House, Pittsburgh International will hold its annual Holiday Concert Series, showcasing local school choirs and band performances, from Nov. 29 - Dec. 21 on the Ticketing level, Landside Terminal. Additionally, trees on the Ticketing Level near the Southwest ticket counter are decorated with ornaments made by local students.

Holiday Concert Series Full Schedule

About Allegheny County Airport Authority:
Allegheny County Airport Authority, which manages Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, is committed to increasing air service, improving customer service and inspiring growth in the Pittsburgh region. Its 2016 Annual Report detailing growth and improved financial position can be found at flypittsburgh.com/AR16.

Pittsburgh International Airport serves more than 8 million passengers annually on 16 carriers. During the past three years, the airport has increased its nonstop destinations more than 80 percent to include 68 airports. Air Transport World named Pittsburgh International its 2017 Airport of the Year. Travel + Leisure has again named Pittsburgh International a Top 10 Domestic Airport in 2017. In addition, TripAdvisor ranked Pittsburgh International Airport a Travelers’ Choice Favorite for Shopping in 2016.