A Sweet Start To The Holiday Season: 19th Annual Candy Land Christmas Pageant



BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) — Holiday music, ginger bread men and a candy cane tree were all at the 19th Annual Classic Candy Land Christmas Pageant that took place at the Beckley- Raleigh Convention Center.


A sweet start to the holiday season took place with numerous awards, crowns and smiles to light up the holiday spirit and become a part of the pageants theme: “Christmas Kingdom!”


Babies, toddlers and children came out to the pageant dressed in their favorite holiday outfits to showcase their talents, beauty and personality to a three-panel judge and audience.


Taylor Stewart, 2017 Miss Rhododendron, shared what the judges were looking for, “A couple of things is just personality, making sure the kids are having fun on stage, there going to want them to smile, just be themselves. The older kids they are going to look more at their dresses and how they fit and also just the personality on stage and how they carry themselves on stage.”


This year, the Candyland Christmas Pageant raised over $4,000 to help the Greenbrier children’s home and make a difference in a child’s life.



Daniella Hankey

Daniella Hankey joined Newswatch as a Reporter. Armed with a major in Communications and Media Studies and a minor in Education, Daniella relocated to southern West Virginia from Florida to further pursue her career. During her time at Stetson, she covered several big stories on and off campus including the June 2016 Pulse Night Club shooting and Hurricane Matthew. She worked as a news anchor and reporter for her college news station and enjoyed an internship in productions at PBS. Her love for journalism started in high school when she was selected as a Bright House Varsity Reporter as well as the school anchor. Daniella was born and raised in Orlando and is a proud Floridian. Her current interests include enjoying everything West Virginia has to offer, from outdoor adventures to the beautiful mountains and scenery. As a multi-trained journalist, Daniella is always prepared to cover the stories that matter to our viewers and help to keep her newly adopted community informed. If you have any story ideas or news tips, please email Daniella at

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