Are you a Harry Potter fan? Or even just 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 to make it even better it's an absolute GEM during the holiday season. It's high ceilings and castle-like vibes are dreamy any time of the year, but the Christmas trees and enormous wreaths really make it a must-see every December. I might be a proud Pitt Business grad, but you've gotta trust me when I say this isn't just my Pitt pride talking.
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. We're talking everything from Chinese to Polish. And each holiday season these rooms are decorated based on each country's traditions. It's really cool to see how celebrations differ from country to country and even continent to continent. It's a Christmas photo opp and history class in one. Win!
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 a tour guide and the tape tour is self-guided— AKA you get a key to access the rooms on your own. Just listen to the audio recordings in each room to hear the facts.
The best part about this whole thing? It's only 4 BUCKS per adult. That might be the cheapest thing you'll do all year. And in my opinion, the best 4 bucks 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. Grab a few friends and plan a festive holiday adventure!