A Holiday Tradition at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a classic ballet that is a Christmas tradition for many. With familiar music, hundreds of colorful and dramatic costumes, and a story full of wonder, it's easy to see why this ballet keeps people returning to performances year after year.

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has been performing The Nutcracker for decades, and yet each year there are new twists to enjoy.

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Phipps Conservatory’s Winter Flower Show – A Festival of Trees

When it comes to holiday festivities, one of the best places in Pittsburgh to visit is Phipps Conservatory.  Their winter flower show, which begins the Friday after Thanksgiving and runs until early-January, is a celebration of the holiday season with festive art pieces, an array of gorgeous winter flowers, and some of the most beautifully decorated Christmas trees in Pittsburgh.

The 2019-2020 flower show is themed Festival of Trees and features numerous decorated trees (both natural and abstract) as well as all of the gorgeous flowers we've come to love from the conservatory.

We got the chance to visit this one for a sneak preview before it officially opened for the 2019-2020 season, and wanted to share a few of our favorite rooms in this one!

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5 Christmas Bars in Pittsburgh to Visit During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, and Christmas in Pittsburgh is truly a sight to behold.

But as the holiday season is as much about spreading goodwill, taking in the decorations, and the like, Pittsburgh also has another avenue for enjoying the holiday- via its libations scenes!

In fact, there are several Christmas bars in Pittsburgh to enjoy during the holiday season, ensuring that you'll have some holiday cheer from Light Up Night (or in the case of a few of the pop-ups, Black Friday) to New Years.

Check them out below!

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Auld Lang Syne Bar – Celebrating the Holidays with Libation in Hand

Auld Lang Syne was a holiday pop-up bar in 2018. We are not sure if it will return in future seasons.

Auld Lang Syne is another holiday pop-up bar to make its way to downtown Pittsburgh. Managed by the team behind the Halloween pop-up, Zombie Den, the bar calls the Original Oyster House in Market Square home for the 2018 holiday season.

Throw in a number of Its a Wonderful Life references, a celebration of the upcoming new year, and numerous libations and you have the makings of a holiday celebration!

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10 of the Best Pittsburgh Instagram Spots

Pittsburgh is a stunning city, there is no doubt about that.

In being such a beautiful city, odds are good you'll want to get out and grab some photos for your personal use or social media sites like Instagram.

To help you find some of the city's most stunning spots, we teamed up with Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo in Cranberry (the only Alfa Romeo dealer in the area) to take out one of their Stelvio SUVs for a spin to visit some of our favorite Pittsburgh Instagram friendly destinations. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio starts around $41,000 and will be available soon in the Quadrifoglio version which is a race car quality line with over 500 horsepower and can hit 0-60mph in under four seconds.

In this one we share the destinations we visited on our tour around the city plus a few more that you absolutely must check out when shooting for the ‘gram!

This post is sponsored in part by Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo.

All opinions and recommendations below are our own.

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Jingle Bar Review – Bringing a Festive Christmas Ambiance to Pittsburgh

Pop-up bars are becoming a trend now for seemingly every major holiday, and the 2019 holiday season is bringing six unique Christmas bars to Pittsburgh.

One of these bars is Jingle Bar, a pop-up located just east of Market Square. We visited this one during its 2018 run and share our thoughts on if it is worth your time for a festive libation!

*Note: As we visited during a previous season, some of the below may have changed.

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Siempre Algo Review – Chef-Driven Dining Comes to the North Side

Siempre Algo in Deutschtown is a modern American restaurant with a seasonal menu and a solid bar program.

As North Side residents, we are extremely grateful for the new life that Siempre Algo and other new stores and restaurants are breathing in to East Ohio Street. And we are even more ecstatic that Siempre Algo is actually doing a great job so far!

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Kentuck Knob is a Stunning House in the Laurel Highlands

When it comes to Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces in southwest Pennsylvania, odds are good you know of the iconic Fallingwater house. But did you know that Wright was also commissioned for a house just a few miles down the roads for friends of the Kaufmann family?

This house is Kentuck Knob- a large, Usonian house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built for the Hagan family (of local ice cream fame).

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