Holiday happenings at airports near you

Airports around the country are rolling out their holiday decorations and entertainment schedules.

Here’s some of what’s on deck so far:

Pittsburgh International Airport will holds its fourth annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

During this event, non-flying members of the public are invited airside/post-security to shop and dine and take advantage of free parking, in-store specials, complimentary refreshments, sampling, giveaways, visits with Santa, live music and entertainment and access to the airport’s arts and cultural installations throughout the day.

You’ll need to show an ID to get into the airside terminal. More details on PIT’s Holiday Open House here.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will kick off its holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony in the Airport’s Domestic Terminal atrium on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Then, there’s a full schedule of live holiday music performances (and gift-wrapping tables) scheduled to run from Dec 12 through to Dec. 24.

In the international terminal, look for the 12 trees decorated by representatives of the Consular Corps office in Atlanta to represent participating nations: Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Guyana, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Japan, Lithuania, Nigeria, Sweden, and Turkey.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has a full schedule of music concerts lined up throughout month of December as well.

I’ll update this list as more events come in.




Tidbits for travelers: Pep rally at PIT, Oompah at Gatwick, Kong at Orlando Airport

PIT T REX Steelers

(Even PIT’s T Rex is excited about the Steelers being in the Super Bowl)

Super Bowl mania is reaching into airports: four airlines have added extra flights from Pittsburgh to Dallas for the Super Bowl and on Friday morning (February 4th), Pittsburgh International Airport will be hosting a black-and-gold-themed pep rally for Arlington-bound Steelers fans.

The rally will take place in the airside terminal between 8:30 and noon and feature live music, special guests, “Hudsy” the Dog from Hudson Booksellers, Steelers merchandise and lots of excited fans.

To celebrate two new airberlin routes, The Bavarian Strollers will be playing oompah-filled songs at Gatwick Airport and Victoria Station on Monday, February 7th. The song list will be made up of requests voted on via Twitter and four random voters will win airberlin tickets from Gatwick Airport to Nuremburg or Hanover.  Details on the airberlin oompah contest here.

And there’s a new video arcade at Orlando International Airport: the “King of Kong” arcade is in the main terminal near the food court.  At the grand opening Twin Galaxies, the authority on video game high scores and world records, unveiled a set of video-game-related trading cards. The first two cards in the series feature Billy Mitchell and Walter Day. Mitchell has numerous world records for Donkey Kong and Pac-Man; Day is known as the founding father of organized video game playing and competitions.