How to: Enjoy the Cold Weather
As the temperature drops and the first flakes begin to fall, it can be hard to resist the temptation to curl up on the couch and hibernate for the rest of the year. But, when thoughts of warm summer concerts and days at the pool dance in your mind, it is important to remember all the joys that come with the winter season.
In Pittsburgh, there are a number of activities that make it easier to embrace the season rather than watching from indoors, waiting for it to pass.
Light up night is an annual Pittsburgh tradition and arguably the best part of winter. This year, it takes place November 17th and is bigger and better than ever. There local vendors, a concert by Andy Grammer, and even a VIP party you can attend. This is one event where you may actually hope for snow to add to the magical night.
Ice skating at PPG Place is another great way to enjoy the cold temperatures. The rink, which is 67% larger than the Rockefeller Center ice rink, is the perfect place to go enjoy an evening. Centered around a Christmas tree and surrounded by Pittsburgh buildings, the view is spectacular. There are 700 pairs of skates available for rent for only $4 per pair. They also host special events like Mascot Skate and Skate with Santa Saturdays. The rink opens on November 17th and remains open until February 25th.
If you prefer staying inside to partaking in the colder, outdoor activities, consider having a drink at one of Pittsburgh’s fabulous coffee shops or bars. Many places are included in the Faros Perks Program, meaning you can warm up and enjoy time with friends for a discounted price. Check out our recent blog post on the best coffee shops in Pittsburgh for some ideas about where to go to warm up and chat with friends.
Another fabulous way to spend a winter night is going to see a show at one of the theaters in Pittsburgh. The Nutcracker plays through December at the Benedum Center downtown. It features over 100 dancers and is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. If that show isn’t for you, there are many other options at the theaters all over the city.
Finally, if you really want to embrace the winter chill, you can partake in the Pittsburgh Polar Plunge. If you are unfamiliar with this event, it is just as cold as the name makes it sound. You, and probably some friends you persuaded to join you, plunge into the freezing February river outside of Heinz Field. Afterwards, though, you get to enjoy free food, warm beverages, and family fun. It takes place on February 24th and raises money for the Special Olympics.
Winter in Pittsburgh, while slightly daunting at times, is a magical place. There is an abundance of activities for date night, time with friends, or for the whole family to enjoy. Next time you are considering spending the night away from the cold, embrace it and get out to enjoy the cold.
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