The Joy of Cookies, Cookie Tour 2018

The Joy of Cookies, Cookie Tour is a Lawrenceville institution and holiday tradition. The Cookie Tour had its beginnings as a holiday open house at Jay Design Soaps & Gifts in 1997. Driven by the spirit of collaboration, the event grew to include more than a dozen businesses, and cookies were added around 2000. Today, the Cookie Tour has become Lawrenceville’s signature business district event, one which helps the business district grow economically, attracts new visitors and exemplifies the strong spirit of community in Lawrenceville.

Next Pittsburgh summed it up perfectly in a 2014 feature:

“Equal parts cookie crawl and buy local movement, the free, family-friendly event showcases Lawrenceville’s thriving Butler Street business district.”

How it Works

This is a free and family friendly event. The self guided tour allows you and your friends and family to stroll through the neighborhood, checking out each shop and sampling cookies at your own pace. Just grab a map and go!

Each shopkeeper has their own hours. While the tour is generally 10AM to 6PM Friday & Saturday and 10AM to 5PM on Sunday—be sure to check the map for each stop’s location and hours.

During the Tour


The Joy of Cookies Cookie Cup is a new trophy awarded to the people’s choice for best cookie on the tour. Find out how to participate! 


Hop on a Molly’s Trolley (provided through the support of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh) from 12-6 on Saturday! Stops along the route will be designated with sidewalk signs, but two major pick up points are the parking lots of Busy Beaver at 4743 Butler Street and Persad Center at 5301 Butler Street.

Light Up Lawrenceville & The Cookie Mall

Get around by hopping on and off one of two wheelchair accessible Molly’s Trolley from noon–6pm—generously provided by the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Trolley stops, where limited parking is also available, are designated on the Cookie Tour map. The trolley will also stop near participating shops. Stop in The Cookie Mall from 3–7pm at the Boys & Girls Club, (4600 Butler Street) for homemade cookies from local nonprofits, music, carols, and pictures with Santa (4–6pm).

Join Lawrenceville United for the annual tree lighting at 6:30pm on Dec 1 in the Allegheny Cemetery Driveway on Butler Street to launch the holiday season.

For more information contact Rachel Webber at or call 412-621-1616 x102.

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