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New holiday festival brings 2 million lights to the Strip District

click to enlarge Kids run across a lit-up pathway inside the Lumaze Christmas Festival on Fri., Nov. 23. - CP PHOTO: JOIE KNOUSE
CP photo: Joie Knouse
Kids run across a lit-up pathway inside the Lumaze Christmas Festival on Fri., Nov. 23.
Still looking for the perfect backdrop for this year's holiday cards? If you love all things that sparkle and shine, there are 2 million lights calling your name at a new holiday festival in the Strip District.

Lumaze, featuring the theme of "A Fairytale Christmas," opened to the public this weekend at the 31st Street Studios.

In addition to being a social media influencer's vision of heaven — there are enough light displays to create Instagram photos for days — the festival features food trucks, live entertainment, and an artists' market managed by I Made It! Market.


Lumaze will be open through Sat., Jan. 4, 2020. Admission prices vary by date, with discounts for military and first responders, and children ages 3 and under are free.

Check out CP photographer Joie Knouse's photos from a Friday evening sneak preview of the dazzling light display below. For more Holiday events, visit this year's Pittsburgh City Paper Holiday Guide.
click to enlarge A performer sings Christmas carols as people entered the building. - CP PHOTO: JOIE KNOUSE
CP photo: Joie Knouse
A performer sings Christmas carols as people entered the building.
click to enlarge A tree shaped out of brightly lit presents - CP PHOTO: JOIE KNOUSE
CP photo: Joie Knouse
A tree shaped out of brightly lit presents
click to enlarge The light-up candy cane tunnel - CP PHOTO: JOIE KNOUSE
CP photo: Joie Knouse
The light-up candy cane tunnel
click to enlarge A kid plays in the icicle forest - CP PHOTO: JOIE KNOUSE
CP photo: Joie Knouse
A kid plays in the icicle forest
click to enlarge A Christmas tree made of lights - CP PHOTO: JOIE KNOUSE
CP photo: Joie Knouse
A Christmas tree made of lights
click to enlarge Santa takes holiday photos with children. - CP PHOTO: JOIE KNOUSE
CP photo: Joie Knouse
Santa takes holiday photos with children.
click to enlarge A child poses in one of the light-up picture frames. - CP PHOTO: JOIE KNOUSE
CP photo: Joie Knouse
A child poses in one of the light-up picture frames.
click to enlarge Poinsettias fill the interior of the Lumaze Christmas tree. - CP PHOTO: JOIE KNOUSE
CP photo: Joie Knouse
Poinsettias fill the interior of the Lumaze Christmas tree.
click to enlarge Two brothers pose under the love archway. - CP PHOTO: JOIE KNOUSE
CP photo: Joie Knouse
Two brothers pose under the love archway.

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