Pittsburgh 103rd annual Christmas tree lighting to feature Chris Jamison

Gage Goulding, Assistant News Editor

PITTSBURGH — The City of Pittsburgh will officially kick off the holiday season on Friday with the 103rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and City-County Building Lightshow.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and will feature Pittsburgh native singer/songwriter Chris Jamison as Mayor Bill Peduto will start the holiday season with lighting the tree, according to the city. Jamison received national attention as a contestant during the season seven of the NBC television show “The Voice.”

The 60-foot tall evergreen tree was donated to the city by the Jurecko Family of Polish Hill, who will join the mayor on stage.

City-County Building Pittsburgh Christmas Tree
Photo credit: Megan Shandel

The tradition of lighting the Christmas tree at the City-County building located on Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh began in 1915 when the building was still under construction.

Schedule of Events:

  • 5 p.m. – Choral performance with tree lighting musically times
  • 5:30 p.m. – City-County building light show
  • 6 p.m. – Chris Jamison concert
  • 6 – 9 p.m. – Free tours of the historic City-County Building

The city also invited guests to continue celebrating at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Comcast Light Up Night.