Sewickley’s Light Up Night returns with performances, shopping and more

Monday, November 25, 2019 | 6:01 AM


This year’s holiday season in Sewickley gives residents and visitors the opportunity to hear music from a national recording artist at the annual Light Up Night celebration.

The annual Light Up Night celebration, which will occur this year on Dec. 6, is the first in a lineup of “Holidays in Sewickley” events organized by Explore Sewickley. Other events include the Santa parade on Dec. 7, and Sundays in the Village, which will take place Dec. 8-22.

To celebrate Small Business Saturday, the Sewickley Valley Chamber of Commerce is giving shoppers the chance to enter a raffle and win gift cards of $1,000, $500 and $250 from Nov. 29-Dec. 1. To enter, shoppers need to make purchases of any amount from five participating Sewickley businesses.

The shop small raffle is a way to thank business owners and shoppers for investing in the local community, according to a press release shared by the chamber.

The following Friday, Light Up Night runs from 5-9 p.m. and will feature two stages with live entertainment, carriage rides, more than 10 food trucks and other offerings throughout the evening. Sewickley’s retail businesses will be open as well, according to Explore Sewickley Main Street Manager Alex Lancianese.

The ice-carving competition, which gets its own space on Green Street this year, will give the public an opportunity to vote for their favorite ice sculpture. Those who visit this area can also get an ice-cold drink from a beverage luge.

“If you want to buy a cocktail, you can send it through the luge and it comes out freezing cold,” Lancianese said.

Roving entertainment includes a human statue dressed as a Charles Dickens character and an accordion player.

Attendees can also enjoy live entertainment on the Orr’s Rocks and Broad Street stages, Lancianese added. The former will host dance troupes, choirs and a performance by Pittsburgh Musical Theater.

Roots and Americana singer-songwriter Lisa Landucci, who is embarking on a national tour in December to support her recent Christmas album, will take the stage on Broad Street at 7:20 p.m. The album she released, “I Remember,” features her take on several popular holiday tunes. Sewickley Chiropractic Center is sponsoring her performance.

“Jared from Sewickley Chiropractic had heard her perform and thought that she was really great,” Lancianese said. “He sort of got the ball rolling with that and connected the two of us, and we were pretty excited to be able to make that happen.”

Allegheny Brass Band closes out the night on the Broad Street stage after the 8 p.m. Esmark fireworks show, Lancianese said.

During Light Up Night, Explore Sewickley is encouraging attendees to park at the Heritage Valley Sewickley hospital parking garage. Del Miller, a Sewickley Parking Authority board member, confirmed that parking at the hospital garage will be free the evening of Dec. 6. Otherwise, he said there will be no change to normal parking enforcement for the December holiday season.

Other multi-day events beginning the weekend of Light Up Night include the Sweetwater Center for the Arts Holiday Mart. Running from Dec. 6-15, Holiday Mart at Sweetwater features a selection of jewelry, ceramics and art sourced from local artists.

Sundays in the Village, which starts Dec. 8, will have free horse-drawn carriage rides, festive holiday music, Santa and food trucks. Explore Sewickley is encouraging those who attend to spend the day in town.

“Shops will be open, and we are really encouraging people to come and make a day out of it, shop small and enjoy some of the amazing restaurants we’ve got here,” Lancianese said.

Visit the Explore Sewickley website for more information on Sewickley holiday events at https://www.explore sewickley.com/yuletide.