WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 18th ANNUAL CITY OF PITTSBURGH GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION -- public invited to vote for People's Choice award winner

A treasured Pittsburgh holiday tradition – the 18th annual City of Pittsburgh Gingerbread House Display and Competition – has returned in 2020 in a virtual format and is honoring 60 award recipients for their creativity and construction skills.

An online gallery showcasing the gingerbread dwellings created by talented individuals, families, organizations, students and chefs from throughout western Pennsylvania is available for online viewing at through January 8. 

A panel of judges reviewed several hundred entries and selected the award recipients.  Winning entries include tributes to Sesame Street, Star Trek and The Wizard of Oz. Edible structures range from houses and huts to castles and cottages. Pittsburgh landmarks made of gingerbread include Market Square, Central Catholic High School and Kennywood’s Kangaroo. Click here for a complete list of 2020 winners.

"The City of Pittsburgh is proud to serve as the presenter of this popular holiday tradition, and we're excited to design a new format that allows the display to take place in 2020," said Brian Katze, Manager of the City of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events. "This year we’re introducing an interactive element in the form of a People's Choice award, and we're encouraging everyone to visit the gallery and vote."

Through December 31, all viewing the online gallery can select a favorite gingerbread house and cast a vote for the new PEOPLE'S CHOICE award.

The Gingerbread House Display and Competition launched in 2002 when Downtown hotels held a competition to benefit the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund. Since then, the competition has attracted thousands of entries displayed at PPG Place before moving to the City-County Building Grand Lobby in 2019.

The 2020 Gingerbread House Display and Competition is presented by the City of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events in partnership with KDKA Radio, 100.7 Star, and Y108.

To view the online gallery of gingerbread houses and vote for the People's Choice award, visit




Mary Beth Mueller
Special Events