Light-Up Night to add European market in Market Square

March 6, 2012 10:39 am

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A European market will be coming to Market Square for the holiday season.

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership announced at its annual meeting today that the holiday market, patterned after the Christkindlesmarkt created in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1545, will be the newest addition to festivities related to Light-Up Night.

The market will feature European-style wooden chalets adorned with holly and illuminated with white lights. Local, national and international vendors will sell wooden toys, hand-blown ornaments, beer steins, stained glass, nutcrackers, jewelry and other hand-crafted products.

It will debut on Nov. 24, and run through Dec. 23.

"The Downtown Pittsburgh holiday market will bring life and vitality throughout the square," PDP President and CEO Jeremy Waldrup said this morning.

Also at the meeting, PNC Financial Services Group Chairman and CEO James E. Rohr announced that a building the bank purchased and is renovating at 600 Liberty Avenue will house an interactive multimedia exhibit highlighting Pittsburgh's and PNC's transformation over the years.

The exhibit, which will be free to the public, will feature oral histories involving prominent Pittsburghers, an interactive timeline involving areas like culture, commerce and community, and a 1951 image of Pittsburgh that morphs into a present-day image in time to a visitor's movement.

PNC expects the building and the exhibit to be ready in May.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Mark Belko: or 412-263-1262.
First Published 2012-03-06 09:30:43

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