Going On Holiday Without Ever Leaving the Airport

PIT’s sixth annual Holiday Open House welcomes more than 1,300 guests

By BlueSkyStaff

Published December 9, 2019

Read Time: 3 mins


We welcomed more than 1,000 of our friends to hang out with us on Saturday, and we think it’s safe to say everyone had a blast.

From carolers in attire strolling through the concourses to a long line to meet a jolly Santa, hundreds of families enjoyed all the trappings of the airport’s sixth annual Holiday Open House in the Airside Terminal. And as far as we can tell, it’s the only kind of airport holiday shopping/entertainment day in the country open to non-ticketed folks.

Our concessions partner Fraport USA worked with dozens of our shops and restaurants to arrange for special, one-day-only discounts and sales, making the airport an ideal shopping destination for everyone still looking for that perfect gift.

But if retail wasn’t your thing, we had balloon animals, face-painting, visits from Iceburgh and the Pirates Pierogies, therapy dogs, jugglers and the popular band Lovebettie in the house, too.

Balloon artist Vanessa Weber hands a young visitor a balloon Olaf at the Holiday Open House. (Photo by Beth Hollerich)


Juggler Howard Mincone performs for a crowd of attendees at the annual open house event. (Photo by Beth Hollerich)


Aden Prince, 5 (left), and Dannic Beaver, 5, pose for a photo with Santa (Dan Muth). (Photo by Beth Hollerich)


Cooper, 8 (left), and Adrienne Kosek, 5, participate in an activity provided by the Children’s Museum at the open house. (Photo by Beth Hollerich)

Pittsburgh band Lovebettie performs holiday music in the airport’s Center Core. (Photo by Beth Hollerich)

Ryan Dodd, 9, smiles for a photo at a face-painting booth. (Photo by Beth Hollerich)

Thanks to everyone at the airport who made this the biggest and best open house yet, and to all of our guests who shared the holiday spirit with us, we look forward to seeing you again next year! Click here to view more photos. 

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