Get Festive at Carnegie Museums

Enjoy holiday favorites such as the Miniature Railroad & Village and the Neapolitan presepio, and create new traditions by ice skating INSIDE Carnegie Music Hall foyer or watching holiday classics on the biggest screen in Pittsburgh. We have holiday fun for everyone.


All Four Museums

Member Shopping Days
November 10–December 2
Carnegie Museums members enjoy a 25% discount in all four museum stores!


Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
(Holiday hours: Closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.)

Carnegie Trees Opening Celebration
November 28, 5:30–9 p.m.
The Women’s Committee of Carnegie Museum of Art invites you to the 57th annual Carnegie Trees Opening Celebration. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in CMOA’s magnificent Hall of Architecture. The 2018 edition features a special collaboration with 57th Carnegie International artist Karen Kilimnik. Five soaring evergreens are decorated according to Kilimnik’s artistic vision, which has been described as “joyful fantasy and a quest for the romantic sublime.”

Carnegie Trees and Neapolitan Presepio
November 30–January 7, 2019
This year’s theme is a collaboration with Carnegie International artist Karen Kilimnik. Come see these towering evergreens and our beautiful presepio to be part of this beloved Pittsburgh tradition.

CMOA on Ice Winter Party
November 30
Get your holiday season started right with an incredible 21+ blowout at Carnegie Museum of Art! We’ll have ice skating INSIDE our magical Music Hall Foyer! Plus, sweet treats from one of the biggest cookie tables Pittsburgh has ever seen, gift-crafting stations, a holiday photo booth, and much more.

Throughout December: Letters to Santa
Bring a letter or write one at Carnegie Museum of Natural History to drop in our mailbox to the North Pole. Our touchable reindeer, Sven, will be keeping guard, so make sure to pet him a few times as a “thank you” for his hard work.

CMOA Store Holiday Open House
December 2
CMOA has everything you need for holiday cheer—and holiday shopping! Join us for festive fun at the CMOA Store all day long. Check out a selection of unique, locally-designed gifts for everyone on your list. We’re offering free gift wrapping and live music throughout the day.

Super Science Saturday: Holidays Around the World
December 8, Noon–4 p.m.
Travel around the world as you explore holiday-themed stations throughout the Natural History Museum. Learn about the holiday traditions of other cultures through amazing artifacts, festive holiday foods, and hands-on crafts.


Carnegie Science Center
(Holiday Hours: Closed on December 16, 25, and 30. Closing at 4 p.m. on December 2, 24, and 31.)

Miniature Railroad & Village
Explore hundreds of animated scenes including Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fallingwater, Forbes Field, and the latest addition, Donora’s Cement City.

Holiday Movies on the Giant Screen!
The Grinch 3D, The Polar Express 3D, Jerusalem 3D, Elf, A Christmas Story, and Mary Poppins Returns all play at The Rangos this season.

Thanksgiving Holiday Camps
Friday, November 23 & Monday, November 26
Campers will explore the exhibits, see a live theater show or a Rangos Giant Screen Cinema film, and carry out fun hands-on science activities. It’s a great alternative to daycare!

December Holiday Camps
December 26–28
Discover the sweet science of sugar, experiment with freezing and melting, and investigate ooey, gooey concoctions.

Polar PJ Parties
December 7–9, 15
Drink hot cocoa with liquid nitrogen frozen marshmallows, take photos with Santa, and see The Polar Express.

Elf: The Sleepover
December 8
See this holiday classic on the giant screen, create a hot cocoa concoction, and carry out festive science experiments.

Laser Holiday Magic
Delight in the festive lights and musical wonders at this magical holiday laser show for all ages.

MessFest on New Year’s Day
Have a messy, gooey good time with funger painting, Ooblec, a pudding pi-eating race, and more.


The Andy Warhol Museum
(Holiday Hours: Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day. Open Monday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.)

A John Waters Christmas: Holier & Dirtier
December 8
We welcome back the legendary writer and director, John Waters (Pink FlamingosHairsprayCry Baby), to the Carnegie Lecture Hall with his critically acclaimed one-man show. Co-presented with CMOA.