Nearly 2,000 individuals cast online ballots for their favorite gingerbread houses, and the City of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events has announced that “Christmas on the Mountain” is the winner of the inaugural People’s Choice award in the City of Pittsburgh’s annual Gingerbread House Display and Competition.
The snow-covered gingerbread cottage featuring a shingle roof and round entry door was created by Eva Mountain and entered in the competition's “Children Ages 10 – 13” category.
"The City of Pittsburgh is proud to serve as the presenter of this treasured holiday tradition, and this year we designed a new online format that allowed the display to take place virtually in 2020," said Brian Katze, Manager of the City of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events. “Congratulations to Eva for winning the People’s Choice award, a brand new interactive element that encouraged individuals to view several hundred impressive entries and vote for their favorite gingerbread creations."
An online gallery showcasing the gingerbread dwellings created by talented individuals, families, organizations, students and chefs from throughout western Pennsylvania -- and entered in 16 categories including family, nonprofit group and professional -- is available for online viewing at www.pittsburghpa.gov/gingerbread through January 8.
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, visit www.pittsburghpa.gov/gingerbread.