By Jake Mysliwczyk
If you haven’t heard by now, one of the world’s largest christmas light displays has made it’s U.S. debut right here in Pittsburgh. Lumaze, located at 31st Street Studios in the Strip District, the Canadian festival features one million lights taking guests through castles, a light garden, and even features a train ride. If you and the family are planning on going here’s what you can expect.
Parking: The parking situation is pretty rough. With only seven small lots nearby and very few street spots along Smallman and Penn Ave, you’re pretty much left to fend for yourself. There is a continuous shuttle bus running from select lots that can be found here.
Lines: Nearly 3,000 people came out for opening night this past weekend. The line to get inside was wrapped around the building, as well as both bars, bathrooms and activities. Pack your patience.
Tickets: I’d strongly encourage to purchase your tickets beforehand online as Lumaze is sold out for this Friday the 29th, December 14th, and 21st. The calendar for up-to-date availability can be found here.
Kids: There was a lot more children and child-based activities than I expected so just a heads up for anyone who wanted to have a quiet date night. On the other hand, bring the kids! There’s a giant indoor playground complete with slides and climbing walls, a train ride, light up swings and, these really cool light discs that change color when you step on them plus so much more.
Money: Bring some extra cash! There’s an entire room filled with local artists apart of the I Made It! Market. Perfect for last minute gift ideas that are made with care. There’s also some area food trucks for that bite to eat.
Cameras: For that perfect social media post or even the family holiday card whether its smartphone or professional, make sure you bring something to capture the moment. There are several fun light up picture frames to make for a cool photo.
Lumaze runs through January 4th, 2020. More information can be found here.
Additional photos from Lumaze below: