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Chamber Candy Cane Hunt brings residents to businesses across Lansing

Finished hunters enter for a chance to win $100 at the Chamber Pancake Breakfast with Santa

By Katie Arvia

LANSING, Ill. (November 13, 2022) – Every year, the Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors a Pancake Breakfast with Santa. This year, they’ve added a fun, festive twist: an immersive Candy Cane Hunt that will take participants all over the village. The Candy Cane Hunt encourages residents to visit local businesses and shop small, while also challenging participants with a fun riddle.

Flyers advertising the Pancake Breakfast with Santa also contain a riddle featuring one of the 17 participating businesses. Here’s an example:

“Your next candy cane can be found
On the north side of town
Next to the Crescent moon
Surrounded by itty bitty blooms”

The answer is Tiny’s Flowers. After solving each riddle, participants must visit the business and find the hidden candy cane, after which they will receive a sticker.

Once all 17 stickers are awarded, players are encouraged to attend the Pancake Breakfast with Santa and submit their completed Candy Cane Hunt sheet to the Christmas Box. At 11 a.m. during the Breakfast with Santa on December 3, a name will be drawn from the Christmas Box and one lucky winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card.

There are 17 candy cane locations throughout Lansing, with clues for each listed in the flyer above.

Raising funds

“The Pancake Breakfast with Santa and the Breakfast with the Easter Bunny are the main fundraising events for the Lansing Area Chamber,” said Connie Simon, a member of the Lansing Area Chamber who volunteered to organize the event. “All proceeds go to our Family Giving Program, which helps Lansing families in need. We are very grateful for the Lansing Copper Muggers who generously supply and cook the entire yummy pancake breakfast.”

Flyers were sent home with students in District 158 and in the “virtual backpack” of students in District 171, though residents of all ages can participate. Flyers can also be found at the Lansing Public Library (2750 Indiana Avenue), local businesses around town, or in the image above.

The Pancake Breakfast with Santa will take place on Saturday, December 3 from 8 – 11 a.m. at the American Legion (18255 Grant Avenue). Tickets are $6 per person and all proceeds go to the Family Giving Program. For more information, please visit the Lansing Area Chamber’s website at

Katie Arvia
Katie Arvia
Katie is a lifelong Lansing native who currently works full-time in marketing while also freelance reporting for The Lansing Journal. In 2015, she graduated with high honors from Saint Xavier University in Chicago with a BA in English, and she plans to pursue a Master's degree in the near future. Her favorite Lansing Journal assignments include coverage of TF South High School's walkout ("Demonstrating the possibilities") and her St. Patrick's Day interview with her grandma ("St. Patrick's Day traditions: reflections of an Irish granddaughter").


  1. Love the idea of a candy cane treasure hunt ending with breakfast. Can adults without children participate in the hunt and or the breakfast?

    • Absolutely, Phyllis! Tickets for the breakfast are $6, and it is well attended by people of all ages. And our local businesses would love to have you participate in the Candy Cane Hunt. Have fun!

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