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Musicians, Macy’s windows, holiday market to return for Light Up Night

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| Wednesday, November 5, 2014 1:33 p.m
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Stephanie Strasburg | Trib Total Media
Point Park University musical theater majors sing a Christmas carol to the crowd at the preview news conference for Light Up Night at Fifth Avenue Place in Downtown on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Light Up Night will bring family activities, music, food, bands, and of course, fireworks, among other things, to downtown Pittsburgh on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.
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Stephanie Strasburg | Trib Total Media
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto discusses plansfor Light Up Night on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2014, at Fifth Avenue Place, Downtown.

Live music, animated Macy’s windows, an ethnic market Downtown — these and other cherished traditions will return for Light Up Night in Pittsburgh, officials said Wednesday.

The Nov. 21 event starts more than a month of yuletide-themed activities and attractions that draw visitors into the city. Organizers expect hundreds of thousands of people to come to the Golden Triangle for Light Up Night.

“There’s no better way to kick off the holiday season,” said Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Families make it a point to return, having visited as youngsters and then bringing their own children as parents or grandparents, said Mayor Bill Peduto.

“For many people, it brings back memories,” Peduto said, “and it becomes part of the Pittsburgh fabric.”

Cobra Starship, among headlining musicians booked for the 54th annual Light Up Night, will perform on BNY Mellon New Music Stage on the Clemente Bridge.

Other musicians include Pittsburgh native Sean Jones, a jazz trumpeter who will perform on the EQT Jazzmasters Stage; Pittsburgh rocker Joe Grushecky and E Street Band member Eddie Manion on the Northwest Savings Bank Stage; and country/pop artist Jamie Lynn Spears and others performing outside Macy’s for the unveiling of Christmas window displays.

The Peoples Gas Holiday Market, a European-style shopping market with chalets in Market Square, will open on Light Up Night for its third season. The market will be open through Dec. 23, except on Thanksgiving, and will offer several new vendors representing Latin, Asian and African cultures.

Light Up Night includes a fireworks show, the lighting of several Christmas trees, the opening of attractions such as the gingerbread houses at PPG Place, reindeer at One Oxford Center, and Santa Claus.

Many attractions continue into late December, including a new Highmark-sponsored Holiday Kidsplay that provides free family programming — puppet workshops, films and storytimes — from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in the 800 block of Liberty Avenue.

Kellie B. Gormly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7824 or kgormly@tribweb.com.

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