Are you a Harry Potter fan? A lover of all things Christmas? If the answer to either question is yes, you're going to want to keep reading. Pitt's Cathedral of Learning is pretty much Pittsburgh's very own Hogwarts and it's an absolute must-see during the holiday season. The high ceilings and castle-like vibes are dreamy any time of the year, but the Christmas trees and garland really make it a sight to see when December rolls around.
Aside from the the fact that the architecture of the building is gorgeous, The Cathedral is also home to over 30 Nationality Rooms that celebrate cultures from all over the world— everything from Chinese to Polish.
Each holiday season these rooms are decorated based on each country's traditions. It's really interesting to see how celebrations differ across the globe.
The Nationality Rooms will be decorated through January 12th so you have plenty of time to plan your visit. However, it would be a smart move to check out the hours before you head to Oakland. The university is closed from Christmas Eve to New Year's Day (12/24-12/1). In terms of tours, you have two options: a guided tour or a tape tour. The guided tour is led by an official tour guide and the tape tour is self-guided.
The tour only costs $4 per person and it very well may be the best $4 you spend all year.
While you're in Oakland, you might also want to check out the holiday display at Phipp's Conservatory, the light display in Schenley Plaza, or even grab a bite at The Porch. Their pizzas are delicious.