On Our Third Date of Christmas…

by Lindsey on December 21, 2014

in 12 Dates of Christmas, J&L Celebrate the Holidays

…we had our big annual date night in the city! This is one of my very favorite holiday tradition of ours, and I’m so glad we are able to keep it going year after year! (It also helped that this was the night before my surgery, which kept my mind off everything we would be dealing with the next day.)

For the 4th time, we purchased tickets to see Straight No Chaser at the Benedum Center here in Pittsburgh, and planned out a whole evening of excitement!

We got out of work and headed straight to dinner at Il Pizzaiolo. I don’t have any photos from this part of the evening, but we had calamari for an appetizer, and for dinner I had Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina and Justin had Linguine Alla Pescatora, which is basically a big bowl of pasta and seafood. The food was absolutely delicious!

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After dinner, we bundled up to take a stroll through downtown. Our first stop was the People’s Gas Holiday Market in Market Square. We checked out all the little shops, and admired the work of some Pittsburgh locals. Once we were too cold to stay outside, we headed into the PPG Wintergarden to see the Annual Gingerbread House & Train Display, as well as the showcase of Santas they call Spirits of Giving Around The World.

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This lego one was one of our favorites!

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After that it was time to go back into the cold, over to the ice arena at PPG Plaza. For the 4th year, Justin refused to skate, so we kept walking toward the point. (I swear one of these years, I’ll get him out there with me!)

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I know my iPhone photos don’t do any of it justice, but seeing the tree at the point, looking out over the river to the stadiums, and walking through this city when everything is lit up is the best thing about Pittsburgh at Christmas. It’s absolutely breathtaking.

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Once we had seen (almost) all of the city, we made a pitstop to Starbucks before heading to the theater! SNC always puts on an amazing show, but we both agreed this was the best year yet! The first half of the show was full of known songs and current hits, while the second half was all Christmas music. It was awesome, and we can’t wait to see them again next year!

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And then there’s this guy. That night, while seemingly the perfect evening, was still very difficult for me. I was absolutely terrified of what was coming the next day, but Justin knew exactly how to handle my mixed emotions. I don’t know how he does it, but he always, always, always keeps me smiling. There is no one I’d rather have on this journey with me.

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