(Thanks so much to Robert Podurgiel for the background for this event and this write up)
Light up Night in Carnegie brings everyone together to celebrate the holidays with the lighting of the town’s Colorado Blue Spruce tree.
Planted in 1994 in honor of Carnegie’s Centennial Celebration, the Blue Spruce now towers almost five stories high over the PNC parking lot on West Main Street, creating a challenge to decorate the enormous tree, but each year the Public Works Department and volunteers are up to the challenge.
Children from the Carlynton School District and the Higher Voice Music Academy on East Main Street sing Christmas carols at the base of the tree while volunteers serve hot chocolate and cookies. Coming to the event every year is a holiday tradition for many families in town.
The evening culminates with a visit from Santa, who arrives in the Carnegie Volunteer Fire Department’s ladder truck to distribute gifts and toys to the children.
Each year the Volunteer Fire Department sells Christmas trees in the parking lot across from the fire station on West Main Street, and the many retail shops on Main Street participate in the annual window display contest. The competition is fierce.
George at Modern Mercantile designed the holiday window displays for the big department stores in downtown Pittsburgh before he opened his shop on East Main Street. Modern Mercantile sets the standard when it comes to window displays, but he is always willing to help out other shop owners when they come to him with questions on how to improve their displays.
Joe Beth, owner of Oh La La boutique on East Main Street, says one of the things she likes most about Carnegie is that the business owners all work together to make the town a fun place to shop and visit during the holidays.