More than 1,200 individuals cast online ballots for their favorite gingerbread houses, and the City of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events has announced that "Purdue Stadium" is the winner of the 2021 People’s Choice award in the City of Pittsburgh’s annual Gingerbread House Display and Competition.

The stadium structure -- complete with candy and cookie decorations -- was created by Andrew Pritchard of Pittsburgh and entered in the competition's Children Ages 14 - 17 category.  Andrew's entry also placed second in that category in the judged competition that recognized the creativity of 62 individuals, families and groups.

"The City of Pittsburgh is proud to serve as the presenter of this treasured holiday tradition, and again this year we presented the display in a virtual format," said Brian Katze, Manager of the City of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events. “Congratulations to Andrew for winning the People’s Choice award, an interactive element that encourages individuals to view several hundred entries and then vote for their favorite gingerbread creation."

An online gallery showcasing the gingerbread dwellings created by talented individuals, families, organizations, students and chefs from throughout western Pennsylvania -- and entered in more than a dozen categories including family, nonprofit group and professional -- is available for online viewing at through Friday, January 7.

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 display and competition took place in a virtual format in 2020.

The 2021 Gingerbread House Display and Competition is presented by the City of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events in partnership with KDKA Radio, 100.7 Star, Y108 and 93.7 The Fan.  To view the online gallery of gingerbread houses, visit




Mary Beth Mueller
Special Events