Embracing the Cold: Best Winter Activities

Winter is upon us! While some people prefer to escape to warmer climates, others like to embrace the cold and enjoy fun winter activities. Snow, hot cocoa, ice skating … After all, the holidays are right around the corner!

We asked a few of our City Managers what the best winter activities are in their cities, and here is what they suggested.

Pittsburgh, PA

City Manager: Christian Molloseau

Phipps Conservatory

Phipps Conservatory Holiday Magic!

The Holiday Magic! Conservatory Winter Flower Show and Light Garden at Phipps Conservatory features over ten acres of gardens and lights. Here you can see a tunnel and fountain of lights, a tree carousel display, colorful poinsettia trees, a frozen forest with topiary reindeer, a rainbow glow tree, and much more. It goes through January 12.

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Ice Skating Rink at PPG Place

From November 22 through March 1, the Plaza between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh transforms into the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place, a 16′ x 116′ outdoor ice skating rink. Admission costs $10 for adults and $9 for children, plus $4 for skate rental.

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Holiday Market in Market Square

The People Gas Holiday Market is a one-of-a-kind shopping village in Market Square, with live entertainment and vendors in wooden chalets selling food, arts and crafts, and holiday gifts. The Market is open daily through December 23.

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Kansas City, MO

City Manager: Mayra Elizondo

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Ice Skating at Crown Center

From November 1 through March 8, enjoy ice skating at the Crown Center Ice Terrace, an outdoor ice skating rink at the shopping complex. Regular admission costs $7, plus $4 for skate rental. They also offer skating lessons.