Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom is proud to partner with Denny’s as a #DennysDiners Blogger Ambassador. Stay tuned for exclusive content and menu news. Although we’re being compensated in some form, all opinion remain our own. Dear Diary, It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially here in Pittsburgh where snow and temperatures are falling. And schedules are starting to fill up with tree trimming parties, holiday light displays, Christmas craft markets and Santa spottings. Between shopping for Shopkins and Calico Critters and volunteering at our free store, the jam packed calendar doesn’t leave much time for relaxation. So, this holiday season I’m making a list, checking it twice and nixing cooking! On busy weekends, we’ll head to Denny’s to eat holiday favorites and get into a merry mood. The greatest part–Denny’s is open everyday, including Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year. Just call ahead, since participation and hours may vary. In fact, Christmas Day is one of the restaurants busiest times of the year. If you’re too tired to cook, you can still celebrate the season with a comforting meal now through January 9th. One of our favorite festive treats is the New Rudolph™ Pancake Breakfast–Inspired by the lovable character featured in the classic TV special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Denny’s fluffy buttermilk pancake includes turkey bacon antlers and is topped with vanilla cream and chocolate eyes and nose. The Rudolph Pancake Breakfast is also served with two eggs and hash browns. With the extra time, you can check out Pittsburgh’s holidays happenings. Here are our top three picks. Holiday Market in Pittsburgh The 5th Annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ is bringing an old-time tradition to a modern downtown now through Christmas Eve. Shopper can stroll through a holiday village, featuring Alpine-style wooden chalets. There are daily live performances and visits by Santa Claus himself. And if you bring a donation for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, your kids will receive a complimentary photo with Old Saint Nick! If you visit in the evening, there is a choreographed, musical light show. Overly’s Country Christmas in Laurel Highlands Overly’s Country Christmas is a wonderful way to make your family’s spirit merry and bright! You can check out the beautiful light display while walking through the Christmas Village. You can sing Christmas carols around the bonfire, marvel over the model train display and even ride on a horse-drawn carriage now through New Year’s Day. Kennywood Holiday Lights in West Mifflin Kennywood Park welcomes guests with a 90-foot tall Christmas tree—the tallest tree on record in Pennsylvania. Visitors can explore the park’s light display, experience The Polar Express: A 4-D Experience and view a display of miniature gingerbread homes. Kids can write a letter to Santa in the penny arcade and listen to Celebrity Readings of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Plus, people can climb aboard nearly a dozen rides. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.