Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Looking Back on Pittsburgh's Christmas Past

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Looking Back on Pittsburgh's Christmas Past

Article excerpt

Christmas is a holiday of traditions, and every city has its own. A look through the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's photo archive shows that some traditions are timeless, but others have evolved or completely disappeared.

Today, many Pittsburghers mark the beginning of the holiday season by crowding Downtown for Light Up Night or skating at the PPG Place ice rink. A few decades ago, families might take in one of many local Christmas parades.

And in the weeks leading up to Christmas, Pittsburghers would flock to Kaufmann's, Gimbels and other Downtown department stores to shop for gifts and peer into the windows, two traditions that have given way to suburban shopping malls and online shopping.

Pittsburgh doesn't forget its past. A Christmas tree was first erected on the corner of the Joseph Horne's department store in 1953. …

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