A Very Merry Pittsburgh

Opens Friday, Nov. 20

This holiday season, relive cherished memories and make new ones with your family at the Smithsonian’s home in Pittsburgh!

Explore how Western Pennsylvanians have celebrated Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and more through the years as part of the A Very Merry Pittsburgh holiday experience in the first-floor Great Hall.

See original artifacts from iconic department stores, including Santa’s original chair from Kaufmann’s Santaland and the mailbox where thousands of children mailed their Christmas lists to the North Pole.

Plus, kids can write and mail their own letters to Santa and enjoy coloring activities in the Great Hall’s holiday kids area.

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Meet Santa Claus at the Heinz History Center during A Very Merry Pittsburgh

Don’t miss your chance to take a socially distanced holiday photo with Santa on Saturdays at the History Center!

Old Saint Nick will safely greet museum visitors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Nov. 21
  • Friday, Nov. 27
  • Saturday, Nov. 28
  • Saturday, Dec. 5
  • Saturday, Dec. 12
  • Saturday, Dec. 19

Santa visits are included with regular admission.