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21st Annual Gingerbread Display and Competition Announces Official List of Winners, opens People’s Choice Award Voting

21st Annual Gingerbread Display and Competition Announces Official List of Winners, opens People’s Choice Award Voting

PITTSBURGH — The City of Pittsburgh’s 21st Annual Gingerbread Display and Competition, now officially opened for the holiday season, is pleased to announce this year’s winners.

After over 300 entries from schools, families, professionals, and neighbors were received for this year’s competition, a panel of judges selected their top choices. Unique creations were plentiful, while Pittsburgh landmarks, icons, and the year in pop culture were once again captured in the contest’s entries, including Acrisure Stadium, Barbie, and Taylor Swift.

In addition to the 19 category awards, this year included the inaugural selection for the Curator’s Choice, a pick from one of Carnegie Museum of Art’s own curators, and the Audacy Award, a special pick of local radio stations.

Rachel Delphia, Alan G., and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, selected Tom and Mary Wagner’s entry “Log Cabin” as the first ever Curator’s Choice. “This log home looks plucked right out of 19th century Pennsylvania landscape,” said Delphia. “With a chimney that would impress a mason, the details in this simple concept were beautifully executed.”

Audacy radio station staff were polled on their favorites, ultimately designating “The Woodland Whimsy House” from the Spegar family as the recipient of this year’s Audacy Award.

This year’s entries will remain on display through January 5, 2024, in the grand lobby of the historic City-County Building. Visitors are able to view the display on weekdays from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and on weekends from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Holiday closures will occur on November 23-24, December 24-25, 2023, and January 1, 2024. Those unable to attend in person can visit www.pittsburghpa.gov/gingerbread to view the online gallery, where voting is currently taking place for the 2023 People’s Choice Award, a chance for any viewer to vote for their favorite entry of the year. People’s Choice voting will conclude on December 31, with a winner to be announced shortly after the new year.

The Gingerbread House Display and Competition began in 2002 when Downtown Pittsburgh hotels hosted the event to benefit the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund and since has attracted thousands of entries and visitors to PPG Place before moving to the City-County Building in 2019. The 2022 Gingerbread House Display and Competition is presented by the City of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events in media partnership with KDKA Radio, 100.7 Star, Y108, WAMO 107.3, and 93.7 The Fan.

For more information on this event, please email gingerbread@pittsburghpa.gov or by calling 412-255-2493.

The 2023 winners, by category, are:

 

Adult 18+

 

First

Forest Frog Sanctuary

Brie Losego

Second

Christmas Cup of Joyful Cheer

L. Joseph

Third

The Snowman Winter Palace

Meghan Kokoski

HM

Victorian Christmas

Lizzy Werner

 

Children 14-17

 

First

Santa’s Greenhouse

Sidney Rice

Second

Christmas Castle

Carrie Betten

Third

Lover House (Taylor’s Version)

Hadley Johnston

HM

Steelers Gingerbread House

Maeve Mannion

 

 

 

 

Children 10-13

 

First

Prancer the Christmas Piñata

Francesca Crea

Second

A Whomping Wonderland

Jack Gallacher

Third

Not A Creature Was Stirring…

Roxie Fink

HM

Bye, Buddy! I Hope You Find Your Dad

Michael Mannion

     
 

Children 6-9

 

First

Dev’s Funhouse

Devon McMullen

Second

The Christmas ‘Cracker

Finn Gallacher

Third

North Pole Sweet Shop

Maille Mannion

HM

Lego Lane

Cousin Crew

     
 

Children 5 & Under

 

First

Merry Little Lighthouse

Jack Coogan

Second

Spider-Man Christmas

Hunter Coogan

Third

Baby Shark

The Goddard School

HM

Candyland

The Goddard School

 

Non-Profit 18+

 

First

Children Are the Heart of the Home

Adoption Connection PA

Second

The Bayanihan Spirit

Filipino American Association

Third

Community-Led Affordable Housing

City of Bridges Community Land Trust

HM

Living Our Best Life as a Yinzer

Norbert Personal Care Home

 

Non-Profit 14-17

 

First

Christmas Magic

AGH PA1273 Pioneers/Patriots (Zelienople)

Second

Gingerbread Treehouse Escape

Girl Scout Troop 57016 (Upper St. Clair)

Third

Girl Scout Dream House

Girl Scout Troop 52418 (West View)

 

Non-Profit 10-13

 

First

Licorice Lane

Girl Scout Troop 16178 (Freeport/Highlands)

Second

Camp S’more

Girl Scout Troop 52491

Third

Santa’s Tropical Getaway

AHG PA1273 Explorers (Zelienople)

HM

Peppermint Paradise

Girl Scout Troop 16178 (Freeport/Highlands)

 

 

 

 

Family

 

First

The Woodland Whimsy House

The Spegar Family

Second

It’s a Small ‘Burgh After All

The Brady-Gallacher Family

Third

Gnome for the Holidays

Lucy and Daisy Tappe

HM

Winter Whimsy

The Bell Family

 

 

City Neighborhoods

 

First

DLA +

DLA+

Second

Christmas on Carson

South Side Community Council

Third

A Very South Side

South Side Kids

     
 

City Departments & Authorities

 

First

Christmas in Downtown

Department of City Planning

Second

South Side Market House H.A.L.

South Side H.A.L. Center

Third

Beechview Senior Barn

Beechview Senior Barn

HM

Safety in the Gingerbread Environment

Department of Permits, Licenses, & Inspections

     
 

High School

 

First

Rapunzel’s Tower

Blackhawk High School Sculpture Class

Second

Christmas Camper

Mercer Area High School (Natalie, Emily, Macey, Taylor)

Third

Prickly Present

Mercer Area High School (Logan, Sunni & Rose

HM

Dr. Doofenshmirtz Tower

North Allegheny Sr. High Architecture Club

     
 

Middle School

 

First

Barbie Dreamhouse

Pathfinder School

Second

SVMS Presents Homestead Works

Steel Valley Middle School Student Government

Third

Barbie Dreamhouse

Moon Middle School Life Skills – Finn

HM

North Pole Express

Yough Intermediate Middle School

     

 

 

 

 

Elementary School

 

First

Super Castle

Greenfield School Autistic Support (K-2, 3-5)

Second

Soccer Stars

Wyatt Frank

Third

KAUE1

Kiski Area Upper Elementary

HM

Christmas at Snoopy’s

Yough Intermediate Middle School

 

 

 

Preschool & Kindergarten

 

First

Candy Cane Wonderland

Explorer Classroom

Second

Winter Holiday

Allie Alligator Learning Center

Third

Submarine Wonderland

Carnegie Science Center & PPS

HM

Christmas Building Blocks

Mrs. R’s Preschool Class

     
 

Professional

 

First

It’s Christmas Time

Mary Jo Dowling

Second

Untitled

Sheila Lucas & Heather Farren-McKelvy

Third

The Candy Lodge

Common Plea Catering

HM

The Chalet

SugarMama Cakes

     
 

Culinary

 

First

Comet’s Cabin

Springdale High School Culinary Arts

Second

Reindeer Games

Karen Marie Lindow

 

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Published

11.20.2023
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