PITT ARTS

Free Events This Week for Pitt Undergraduates Only!

Welcome! PITT ARTS Free group Arts Encounters include tickets and transportation. All who sign up for these sought-after arts events are expected to attend the entire program with the group.

1. Hip Hop Nutcracker - Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
2. A Christmas Story: The Play - Pittsburgh Public Theater
3. Handel's Messiah - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
4. Holiday Pops - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
5. Carnegie Trees: Holiday Splendor - Carnegie Museum of Art
6. Winter Flower Show and Light Garden - Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens



1. Hip Hop Nutcracker
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Wednesday, November 30
Meeting Time: 6:00 p.m.
Estimated End Time: 9:00 p.m.


This holiday mash-up is back by popular demand and celebrating its 10th anniversary season! Join Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they set off for a magical adventure…in modern day New York City. The Hip Hop Nutcracker features Tchaikovsky’s classic score punched up by all-star contemporary and hip-hop dancers, a DJ, and a violinist. Innovative visual effects transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of modern urban life.

Watch a lively preview trailer here.


2. A Christmas Story: The Play
Pittsburgh Public Theater
Friday, December 2
Meeting Time: 7:10 p.m.
Estimated End Time: 10:00 p.m.


In this holiday comedy, nine-year-old Ralphie Parker takes the audience on a hysterical, hijinks-filled avalanche of adventure filled with all the trappings of a perfect family holiday – an exploding furnace, an innocent experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost, and a wild rash of theatrical fantasies not for the “fra-gee-lay” of heart. It is not just a Christmas story, it’s THE Christmas story.


3.Handel's Messiah
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, December 3
Meeting Time: 7:10 p.m.
Estimated End Time: 10:00 p.m.


The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, an all-star cast of soloists and The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh join together for the festive majesty that is Handel’s Messiah. Don’t miss this special one-night only event!


4.Holiday Pops
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Friday, December 9
Meeting Time: 7:10 p.m.
Estimated End Time: 10:00 p.m.


Deck the halls with boughs of holly – and all of your favorite holiday music! Experience Pittsburgh’s beloved holiday concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and Santa Claus, too!


5.Carnegie Trees: Holiday Splendor
Carnegie Museum of Art
Through January 8, 2023
Hall of Architecture, Carnegie Museums of Oakland
Free for Pitt students with valid Pittsburgh campus ID


See the Carnegie Museum’s Hall of Architecture filled with towering Fraser fir trees, each lit to perfection and trimmed with festive baubles, gingerbread, glistening snow, and more! Since 1961, the annual installation and decoration of the Carnegie Trees has been the signature event of the Women’s Committee of Carnegie Museum of Art. Each year, the trees are decorated with ornaments handmade by the committee, celebrating a different theme ranging from Great Cities of History to Beloved Children’s Book Characters. The theme for 2022 is Holiday Splendor.


To learn more about Seasonal Events and Exhibitions at the Carnegie Museums click here.



6. Winter Flower Show and Light Garden
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Through January 8, 2023
One Schenley Drive, Oakland
Free for Pitt students with valid Pittsburgh campus ID


The holiday season isn't complete without a visit to Phipps’ Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden. With a fun-filled theme of arctic adventure, guests are sure to be captivated by the variety of topiary creatures including narwhals, unicorns and reindeer. Phipps has pulled out all the stops with magnificent new displays of holiday trees, topiaries, and signature floral delights, including amaryllis, orchids and more than 1,600 poinsettias. Plus, the beauty isn't just indoors: the celebrated Winter Light Garden, fills the Outdoor and Discovery Gardens with spectacular lights in vivid shades that will awe guests of all ages.

For more information click here.