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Five Things to Instantly Add Some Festivity to Your Holiday Season

Feeling a little grinchier than usual this holiday season? Or perhaps you’ve just been so busy, you haven’t even had time to get into the holiday spirit? You’re not alone — but it’s also not too late.

Whether you’re the type to trim the tree on Thanksgiving or the type to sort of forget about the holidays until the very last minute, we’ve assembled a quick-and-easy list of tips for getting into the holiday spirit in Pittsburgh. Now go forth and be merry!

A bit of greenery. With a live evergreen garland or wreath from Roxanne’s Dried Flowers or live tree from Wigle Whiskey, your apartment will look (and smell) like all things good and wintery.

Hit a holiday bar. Did you know that this year, there are more holiday-themed bars in the city than ever before? From the classic Miracle (now with two locations) to the far-flung Bob’s Garage to the brand new Tina’s (Holiday), there’s truly something to sip for everyone. Check out Urbanist for your full guide to every holiday pop-up in Pittsburgh

Plan a museum day with a friend. For a bit of non-traditional (but still festive) winter fun, plan a cozy trip to a museum. Call up a friend you’ve been meaning to catch up with, savor the slower moments around the holidays and head to the CMOA for an afternoon of browsing. Once you’re done, continue the day date with lunch at the on-site Cafe Carnegie or happy hour drinks at nearby Butterjoint.

Do your shopping! Let this be your reminder to get your holiday shopping done early for once — or at least not quite so last-minute. If you’re into shopping local this year, head to Lawrenceville to stroll the independent shops along Butler Street (we’re thinking a cozy cap from Mello & Sons, matching pajamas from No. 14 or a gift certificate from Alchemy Dry Cut Lounge). Or, if you’re all about efficiency, enjoy the holiday decorations and the occasional visits from Santa at Bakery Square. Bonus: pop-up bar Chrismukkah Galley is making shopping even merrier, so be sure to stop in for a post-shopping sip.

See a show. Sure, you could always check out a performance of the Nutcracker and continue a time-honored holiday tradition, but there’s a whole lot more going on in the Pittsburgh theater scene this winter. Snag tickets for an evening at A Musical Christmas Carol with the Pittsburgh CLO; City Theatre’s Santaland Diares (written by David Sedaris); the Pittsburgh Public Theatre’s Yinzer Yuletide: Pittsburgh Lights & Legends, or even a 30th anniversary screening of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at the Carnegie Science Center.

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