November 18, 2008 |

Come to Light Up Night festivities on Mount Washington this Friday

Pittsburghers have looked forward to the city's official kick off of the holiday season, Light Up Night, for many years.

The skyscrapers will be a glow in all of their splendor, the storefront windows will be decorated as well as larger scale treasured installations such as the tree of lights at Point State Park. The evening even comes complete with a showing of fireworks to top off the night.

But where do so many people go to take in the view of this spectacular display of lights? Well, the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation's Main Street Committee is hosting some holiday themed fun of their own to engage the large amount of visitors they see along Grandview Avenue.

"We want people to start making Mt. Washington more a part of their Light Up Night plans," says Greg Panza, MWCDC program manager, "Almost every one of our businesses will be decorated, open late, and offering unique specials to entice our visitors to stay a bit longer."

The evening's activities will include a tree trimming party with Santa Claus and Sparky the Firedog at the Charles Lewis Memorial Park, next the firehouse on Virginia Avenue, from 5-7p.m. Duquesne University students will be performing a musical review throughout the business district, and Haven Heights United Methodist Church will be performing some candlelit carols as well.

221 Flexed is an art show and marketplace that will include a movie screening of Absent Grace, a film produced by Mount Washington filmmaker, Justin Beck. The show will begin at 6 p.m. and will be hosted at 221 Shiloh Street, a building in the process of being completely renovated by Cityzens LLC to include luxury loft apartments, and first floor retail space.

For more information regarding the evening's activities and business specials, visit vuplus.org.

Mount Washington's Main Street, Light Up Night is funded in part by the URA Mainstreets program, as well as a number of donations.

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