As families get ready to deck the halls this season, it’s important to start your plans early. December is here and the holidays are sure to fly by before you know it. Here’s a few places to consider checking out around Pittsburgh this Christmas season.

The Carnegie Museum of Art. There are a lot of great things going on for Christmas at the Carnegie. For starters, the Hall of Architecture is decked out with huge, elaborate Christmas trees. But there’s also the “Neapolitan Presepio” - a one-of-a-kind nativity scene that’s sure to impress even the biggest Scrooge.

Ice skating at the PPG Place. This skating rink is like one you see in the movies: beautiful and with a massive 65-foot tree in the middle. It’s a great place for some family memories, or an unforgettable date.

Take a nostalgic trip to the Harmony Museum in Butler County. You won’t find many places around Pittsburgh- or the entire country for that matter- like Harmony. This restored Old German town was originally founded by some peace-loving pacifists. Thankfully, it’s been restored to it’s old-timey beauty and it gets decorated each Christmas to fit the era. History buffs will love it.

The Pittsburgh Creche. Just like the Vatican’s version that it’s modeled after, this expansive nativity scene has to be seen to be believed. It’s literally over 60 feet long, and gives viewers a glimpse into what the birth of Christ might have felt like. Especially for the religious, the Pittsburgh Creche is a moving experience.

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