Kennywood shines for the season with Holiday Lights through Dec. 27.

Holiday to-do list: Festive activities abound in Pittsburgh

Special exhibits, events and more.

about 23 hours ago

 Alexander Pedersen of Denmark, left, and Toro Tommola of Finland traveled to Greensburg through AFS-USA, a foreign exchange program that brings together host families and students.

Serving up America: Host families share nation's bounty with foreign students

The AFS Intercultural Program, an international youth exchange organization, each year sends about 13,000 students abroad.

about 23 hours ago

 The Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance estimates charities collect one-third of their donations in the last quarter of the year.

Donor beware: Fake charities prey on your holiday spirit

As consumers get caught up in the holiday season of giving and goodwill, their defenses go down, according to some experts.

about 23 hours ago

 An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to take a plane, bus, car or train at least 50 miles from home over the long Thanksgiving weekend, according to AAA.

Travelers flock to airport, highways for long holiday weekend

An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to travel away from home over the holiday, the most travelers since 2007, AAA says.

about 12 hours ago

 The tracks at the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum begin at Pittsburgh before going to the J&L Steel Mill before eventually ending in Cumberland, Md. Everything in the model is set during 1953.

Trains keep chugging through Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum holiday show

The 28th annual display at the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum in Richland includes 350 locomotives and 6,500 feet of track.

about 23 hours ago

Holiday celebrations around the North

Here’s a roundup of some holiday programs around the North.

about 23 hours ago

 Nicole Johnson, co-call director of Butterball Turkey Talk-Line.

Butterball Talk-Line experts talk turkey with callers

From how to thaw the bird to cooking instructions, operators at the hotline answer 10,000-plus questions every year.

about 23 hours ago

 "The Good Dinosaur" tells the story of Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart who sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way?a  human boy.

A feast of films on Thanksgiving Eve

“Creed,” “Good Dinosaur,” “Brooklyn,” “Trumbo” and “Victor Frankenstein” arrive in theaters just in time for the holiday.

about 23 hours ago

 The Mid-Atlantic Region is expected to have 4.94 million people hit the highways.

Lower gas prices, milder temperatures to ease holiday traveling

About 5 million people from the Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey region are expected to take to the highway for Thanksgiving.

1 day ago

Charity offers hotel rooms for patients' loved ones during the holidays

A new hotel in Robinson, the first TMI Hospitality property here, becomes the first to take part in the company’s Room in the Inn program.

2 days ago

 The prisoners at the Allegheny County Prison dined on roast beef for Thanksgiving in 1915.

Eyewitness 1915: Turkey shares pride of place with beef, pork

The youths who lived at the Pittsburgh Newsboys Home had to sing — or rather speak — for their Thanksgiving dinners 100 years ago.

3 days ago

 Erin Rayle of Oakdale waits with a shopping cart for her and her family party of five at the Mall at Robinson during last year's Black Friday.

Technology speeds holiday shopping, but Black Friday still motivates

Today’s holiday shoppers use technology to shop, buy and deliver their gifts — but they still like going to the mall on Black Friday.

3 days ago

 After flooding the cranberry bog with water, workers at Pine Barrens Native Fruits in Browns Mills, N.J., wade through the thigh-high water and round up the fruit with large wooden brooms. Once the bobbing berries are gathered, they're transferred via a pump into trucks.

Stunning, reliable cranberries are steeped in Thanksgiving's heritage

The ruby red berries, which have long been part of America’s food scene, bring color and flavor to the holiday table.

3 days ago

 Workers with Magic Ice USA out of Johnstown put the final touches on the expanded PPG Plaza Ice Rink Tuesday.

PPG Plaza ice rink opening delayed again

Highwoods, owner of the PPG Place complex, said that ice conditions "are not favorable for skating" because of the warm weather this week.

4 days ago

Holiday tours on tap next month across Pittsburgh region

December is packed with holiday house tours.

5 days ago

 Colton Bechtold of Penn Hills, then 8, shows off his skating skill on at the Ice rink at PPG Place last November.

No Light Up Night skating at PPG Place

Other events at the plaza are expected to continue as scheduled.

5 days ago

 Lynn Lewis, right,  talks Nov. 10 with Ralph Croushore, president of the Peters Creek chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, about one of the turkeys he and his organization are distributing through the Central Food Pantry in Elizabeth.

Conservation group provides turkeys for Elizabeth Township families to cook at home

The Peters Creek Trail Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation donated about 90 turkeys this year for Thanksgiving dinners.

5 days ago

 Thanksgiving menu

What's dishing on the blogs: Thanksgiving cravings

With Thanksgiving looming, the food options are plenty.

5 days ago

 You don't have to wrestle with that bird if you don't want to -- there are plenty of places to get turkey takeout. But deadlines for orders are looming.

Last-minute finds for Thanksgiving feast

From roasted turkey to sides to desserts, takeout holiday dinners are available at the eleventh hour.

5 days ago

 A crowd gathers for last year's Light Up Night festivities Downtown.

Your guide to Pittsburgh's 2015 Light Up Night

Holiday spirit and wintry fun for the whole family will fill Downtown for the 55th annual event on Friday.

6 days ago

 Food, family and gratitude are what Thanksgiving is all about for these famous Pittsburghers. Pull up a chair and join the holiday feast, by sampling their favorite recipes.

Notable Pittsburghers share their Thanksgiving recipes, gratitude

Food, family and gratitude are what Thanksgiving is all about. Pull up a chair and join the holiday feast by tasting their favorite recipes.

1 week ago

 One in five consumers complain that paying with a chip card takes too long. Above, Sheila Bullock, 28, carries a toy car in her cart at a Target store in Phoenix.

Some shoppers taking swipe at chip-enabled credit and debit cards

On average, it takes seven to 10 seconds to pay with a chip card vs. two to three seconds using a traditional swipe-style card.

1 week ago

Some credit card perks could make life easier this holiday season

Credit cards offer more protections and services that consumers may find helpful as they head into the holidays.

1 week ago

Tips on how to safely prepare your turkey

There are tips to follow to handle your Thanksgiving bird correctly through cooking and storage.

1 week ago

 Thanksgiving turkeys are shown at a Cub Foods store in Bloomington, Minn. Richard Volpe, a retail food price economist formerly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said one of the most effective things supermarkets can do to lure holiday shoppers is to advertise cheap turkeys whose prices tend to be lowest around the holidays when demand is highest.

Fear not: You’ll get your Thanksgiving feast

Thanksgiving diners will find plenty to gobble despite worry about turkey and pumpkin supplies.

1 week ago

 Pecan Pie with Pretzel Crust.

Ace Thanksgiving pies and cakes the Duff Goldman way

These pies, cakes and puddings give the holiday tradition a paradigm shift.

2 weeks ago

Food column: Give thanks with a vegan spread

VegFeast will host a buffet-style Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 21.

2 weeks ago

 Autumn Dump Cake is drizzled with a caramel topping.

Convert a dump cake into something special for the holiday

All you need for the dessert is a boxed cake mix, canned fruit filling and minimum effort.

2 weeks ago

 Gluten-free Cheesecake.

Gluten-free diners can feast on Thanksgiving, too

From cornbread stuffing to cheesecake, those with wheat sensitivities can indulge in a mega meal.

2 weeks ago

Cheap hams could steal the show from turkeys this Thanksgiving

The number of hogs slaughtered this year is above 2014’s pace by 7.9 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

2 weeks ago

Turkey prices soar as families plan Thanksgiving feasts

Thanksgiving turkey prices at the supermarket are expected to be about 15 percent to 20 percent higher than last year, according to experts.

2 weeks ago

 Children play in the snow field at 2014's Glendale Glitters. Rob Owen/Post-Gazette

Out-of-town holiday fun both frosty and tacky

A snow field in the Arizona desert, ice slides and a Dickens Christmas in Tennessee and Tacky Lights Tours in Richmond, Va., woo travelers.

2 weeks ago

 Joe and Kim Butler of McCandless on Friday stand beside the tree they planted in 1989 at their former Brighton Heights home. The current owner of the home donated the tree to be Pittsburgh's official Christmas tree this year outside the City-County Building, Downtown.

Sharing a Christmas memory with the whole city

A blue spruce purchased as a Christmas tree and planted in a yard in Brighton Heights in 1989 will be Pittsburgh’s holiday tree this year.

2 weeks ago

 Michael "Gypsy" Pezzulo painted this mural of the Beatles at Beans 'N' Cream on Brilliant Avenue in Aspinwall.

Shopping worth a drive: Antiques, skull sweaters, vegan and comfort food? Must be Aspinwall

Aspinwall offers mom-and-pop boutiques and restaurants, exemplifying the charm of small-town life just 7½ miles from Downtown.

2 weeks ago

 The Light Up Night holiday window is seen at the Downtown Pittsburgh Macy's in November 2013.

Holiday store windows will be part of Pittsburgh's Light-Up Night festivities

Nine windows will be decorated at the former Macy's/Kaufmann's department store during the holiday season.

2 weeks ago

 Thenkuzhal is a snack served on Diwali, the festival of lights. It is made with rice flour and is deep-fried.

Diwali is the Hindu festival of noshing

Sweets and savories are exchanged as gifts during the festival of lights.

3 weeks ago

 Green Beans with Pecans.

Thanksgiving side dishes that are sophisticated and satisfying

From side to side, vegetables deserve their moment in the spotlight on the holiday table.

3 weeks ago

 Cider-Braised Turkey Legs.

All-star Thanksgiving: Roast turkey parts instead of the whole bird

This way you don’t have to fuss over the bird, and please those in the dark-meat and white-meat camps.

3 weeks ago

 Cornelius and Lasheri Walls of Ross prepare pumpkin seeds Wednesday with their son Cornelius III at their home. The family has regained control of their money thanks to a budgeting system.

Tools help families set up budget in time for the holidays

Along with holiday cheer, the holiday season also is the time of year when people are most vulnerable to overspending.

3 weeks ago

 An actor creates sparks along a fence inside the Frightmare Asylum at Fright Farm.

Scared silly: Why do haunted houses give us 'fear with a wink'?

Haunted houses, horror movies and the like trigger “feel good” neurotransmitters and hormones, such as endorphins and adrenaline.

3 weeks ago

 The historic Larimer Mansion in North Huntingdon, which celebrated its 225th anniversary in August, is thought to be haunted.

Larimer Mansion open for tours, serves as topic of documentary

The historic mansion in North Huntingdon can be toured through Sunday and is the topic of documentary that will air Saturday on WQED-TV.

3 weeks ago

 Guitarist George Sabol.

Preview: Guitarist George Sabol brings a metal edge to 'Nosferatu'

Scary musician adds to the mood of Kennywood’s Fright Nights and Ghostwood Estate.

3 weeks ago

 Dennis Hazenstab, left, of Lawrenceville, hands out candy to Eddie Lockman of Penn Hills during trick-or-treating in 2013.

Pittsburgh area trick-or-treat times for Halloween 2015

A roundup of trick-or-treat hours and other holiday happenings around Pittsburgh for communities that haven’t celebrated the occasion.

3 weeks ago

 Prime Stage Theatre opens its 2015-16 season with director Scott P. Calhoon's rendition of "The Crucible," starting Oct. 30 at the New Hazlett Theatre. From left, Adrianne Knapp (as Abigail Williams), Jason Spider Matthews (as John Proctor), Jason Michael Swauger (as Rev. Samuel Parris) and George Saulnier (as Rev. John Hale).

Hot List of events for the Halloween weekend

Lots of Halloween events, music from Craig Finn and Chubby Checker and Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible” hit town.

3 weeks ago

Post-Gazette plans holiday print, online changes

The Post-Gazette will publish special Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve print editions, and offer free, online-only versions of the paper.

4 weeks ago


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