Sunday, December 14, 2008

Pittsburgh - all decked out for Christmas

One of our family traditions is to try to take a day to see the nearest city all decorated for Christmas. Today was the day! We started out by visiting the Carnegie Science Museum for their annual Christmas train display. It's pretty impressive....

and below was Alec's favorite....Thomas the Tank Engine!
Then it was on to the PPG plaza for the annual Gingerbread house and train display. We also saw the "Spirits of Giving from around the World exhibit." Following is an excerpt from the website:

See the splendor of the holidays come alive during PPG Place's breathtaking "Spirits of Giving From Around the World" exhibit. This enchanting display of life-size Santas and original paintings captures a whole world of Christmas folklore and fantasy.

The exhibit comes alive with a collection of original paintings, each depicting holiday celebrations around the world.

Capture memories of Christmases past in the Wintergarden where a tree larger than any from your childhood awaits you. Our spectacular 32-foot tree is surrounded by a showcase of gingerbread houses and a unique train display created by local artist Don Jones.
Below is the traditional American Santa Claus....
and we couldn't miss Bella Befana from Italy!
Outside were three dinosaurs; below is my favorite - the Heinz ketchup dinosaur!

We walked outside the see ice skaters on the outdoor rink. We were told that the PPG plaza rink is bigger than the New York Ice rink at Rockefeller Center. The dimensions are 104' x 104'.
I couldn't resist the above picture of Darrell and Alec. The weather was in the 50s and we crammed a lot into one day. We also took the free trolley to Station Square and then rode it around the city taking in some sights. Alec let us know when it was time to go when he said, "I no want to see any more!" and we headed home.


Denise said...

Looks like you had a fantastic day, what fun. We had our boat lighting party last night, but other than that haven't really done anything Christmasy yet...we need to get on that!

Tatertot said...

Some great traditions! I still feel like that new mom every morning just trying to manage and push myself to get out of the house. You're doing Fabulous and the pics look terrific! We saw Christmas lights too. You do such an amazing job on your blog narratives too ;) Yvonne