Spreading Holiday Cheer with Creativity and Community Spirit: The Candy Cane Lane Challenge

To vote for your favorite house, scan the QR code or visit https://forms.gle/GwrzEm7pboT7ZpAE8

As the holiday season approaches, there’s a special event on the horizon that’s set to ignite the community with creativity, generosity, and the joy of the season. The Mon Valley Academy for the Arts (MVAA) is thrilled to announce the “Candy Cane Lane Challenge,” a festive holiday house fundraiser taking place from November 24 to December 15, 2023, at the Peter J. Daley Cultural Center (MVAA South) located at 119 Brownsville Ave. in Brownsville, PA.

The “Candy Cane Lane Challenge” is not just an event; it’s a creative and charitable undertaking designed to unite the community during the holiday season. Participants are invited to channel their artistic talents and craft unique holiday houses, which can take the form of traditional gingerbread houses, Santa’s cozy abode, local landmarks, or any imaginative theme they choose. The material used for these holiday houses is entirely open to participants’ creativity, and it doesn’t have to be edible. The only rules are that no kits are permitted, ensuring that every creation is a testament to individual artistic expression, and houses requiring electricity to operate are prohibited.

MVAA President Annette Buffer is enthusiastic about the “Candy Cane Lane Challenge.” She describes it as an exciting way for the community to unite while supporting a great cause. “The ‘Candy Cane Lane Challenge’ is more than just a fundraiser; it’s an opportunity for our community to showcase their artistic talents and spread the holiday spirit. By participating, you’re not only expressing your creativity but also making a significant difference in our mission to promote the arts in the Mon Valley region.”

Here are some key details for the “Candy Cane Lane Challenge”:

Entry Fee: Participants are asked to contribute a minimum of $5.00, and additional donations are greatly appreciated.

Entry Deadline: To participate, individuals and groups must enter by Wednesday, November 22. Those interested can contact Annette Buffer at 724-561-5616 or email info@monvalleyacademyforthearts.org to arrange drop-off.

Theme and Materials: The theme is open to participants’ imagination, and the choice of materials is at their discretion. From gingerbread to other creative materials, the possibilities are limitless.

Size: The base of the holiday houses must not exceed 14 x 14 inches in width and should not be taller than 25 inches.

Submission: Participants are responsible for safely delivering and picking up their creations. To register, send your name, phone number, the name of your structure, the name(s) of your helpers, and your place of origin or representation to info@monvalleyacademyforthearts.org.

Voting: Each building will be assigned a unique ID card and number. The public is invited to participate by voting for their favorite creation. To vote, visit the Center during the week (Mon-Fri) between 3-7 p.m., place donations in a coin envelope, write the house number on the envelope, and place it in the voting tub. The top three houses that raise the most money will win a gift card. The total money and votes will be tallied at the end of the event.

Prizes: Judges will select a first, second, and third-place winner.

The “Candy Cane Lane Challenge” promises to be a delightful and community-centered event that not only spreads holiday cheer but also supports the mission of Mon Valley Academy for the Arts. It’s an opportunity for individuals, families, groups, and businesses to unite, express their creativity, and make a difference in their community this holiday season.

So, join the festivities, let your imagination run wild, and make your mark on the “Candy Cane Lane Challenge.” It’s a chance to create, inspire, and give back during the most wonderful time of the year.



Nov 24 2023 - Dec 15 2023


3:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Peter J. Daley Cultural Center (MVAA South)
Brownsville, PA