Businesses will compete for a $500 charity donation in The Home Collective's annual gingerbread house contest.

The contest, led by Karin Diana, Pierce Conway and Liz Arenberg, is the real estate agency's second annual town-wide Gingerbread House Decorating Contest, and is co-sponsored by Investors Bank. This year, The Home Collective team and Compass in Montclair are including local businesses in the contest.

Each business is tasked with creating a unique gingerbread house, which will be displayed in their shops alongside their respective charities. The winner will receive a $500 donation to the charity it has chosen, in its name. To date, participants include: Sweet Kitchen, Nouvelle & One Savvy Design, Williams Sonoma, Kidville, Studio D&G, &Son, Halcyon, Paper Plane Coffee, Le Souk, Edible Arrangements, Curated Home and Living and Local.

Residents have until Dec. 31 to vote.
COURTESY THE HOME COLLECTIVE
Residents have until Dec. 31 to vote.
COURTESY THE HOME COLLECTIVE
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The public will have the opportunity to vote by Dec. 31 on-site, through a QR code or through The Home Collective website, thehomecollectivenj.com.

Charities that could get the $500 donation include the Junior League of Montclair, Montclair Animal Hospital, Angels for Animals, Montclair Ambulance Unit and Human Needs Food Pantry.

The general public is also invited to compete for a Solo Stove Fire Pit. Gingerbread houses can be made from scratch or built from a kit. Decorations are not limited to what is included in the kit, as long as the items are edible. Entries must then be posted to Instagram and Facebook with @TheHomeCollective.NJ tagged with the submission. The Home Collective Team will make the final decision on this contest but is relying heavily on social media likes.

Residents can also join a separate contest. The winner gets a fire pit.
Residents can also join a separate contest. The winner gets a fire pit.
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