Gingerbread House Contests 2010-11

Here are some gingerbread house contests that took place during the 2009-10 holiday season. Click here for the 2010-11 competitions.

Southeast US:

National Gingerbread House Competition and Display
Grove Park Inn, Ashville, NC
Competition: Nov 15, 2010 Houses on Display: Nov 17, 2010 - Jan 2, 2011
Community Viewing is Monday - Thursday only.
Resort Guests may view Gingerbread Houses at anytime.

Holiday Festival of Lights Gingerbread House Competition
James Island County Park, Charleston, SC
Dates on Display: Nov. 12, 2010 - Jan. 2, 2011
Divisions: Ages 6 and Under, Ages 7-11, Ages 12-16, Ages 17 and Up
Registration closes: Nov. 5, 2010
Information: 843-795-4386

Raleigh Gingerbread House Competition
Alta Oakridge Retirement Community
North Raleigh, NC
Dates on Display: 12/1/2010 - 1/2/2011 from 9am - 5pm
Entry forms to submit a gingerbread house are due by November 24, and houses must be dropped off by November 30. The Grand Award Ceremony will be held on December 10.

Rotary Club of South Jacksonville 2010 Gingerbread Extravaganza
Jacksonville, Florida
Dates on Display: December 8 thru December 23, 2010
Jacksonville Historical Society
317 A Philip Randolph Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Northeast US:

Wenham Gingerbread Express
Wenham Museum
132 Main St. Wenham,MA 978-468-2377
Dates on Display: Dec 4-18, 2010
This contest features gingerbread structures on 18"x 18"bases in a village layout with a G gauge model railroad. Prizes in 5 categories.

Christmas Craft Festival & Gingerbread House Competition
Seaport Blvd., World Trade Center, Boston, MA
Dates on Display: Friday, November 5, 2010 - Sunday, November 7, 2010 Hours Vary
Shop from 300 of America's Finest Craft Artists at the Annual Christmas Festival, a festive holiday tradition, heralds in the season Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 7, 8 and 9, at Boston's Seaport World Trade Center with the largest fine art and craft show in New England.

A popular Festival highlight will be the Gingerbread House Competition, where Top Chefs create gingerbread masterpieces to be judged by a celebrity panel and sold with proceeds benefiting Share Our Strength.

New York State 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Competition
Arnot Mall, Horseheads, NY
Dates on Display: November 30, 2010
Open to Everyone! Win Cash prizes while helping Habitat for Humanity!

19th Annual Gingerbread Wonderland
Freylinghuysen Arboretum
53 East Hanover Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07962
Dates on Display: Saturday, Dec. 4 - Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010
9:30am-5pm daily
$2 per person suggested donation
People's Choice awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place

Midwest US:

Waynesville's 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Contest
Historic Business District, Waynesville, Ohio 45068
Dates on Display: Dec. 3rd-5th, 2010
Applications Available November 1st online or at the Chamber Office House Judging - Dec. 3rd; Houses on Display for Christmas in the Village - Dec. 3rd - 5th!
Adult Category Prizes:
1st Place - $150
2nd Place - $50
3rd Place - $25
Youth Category Prizes:
1st Place - $25
2nd Place - $20 Gift Certificate to Red Barn
3rd Place - $15 Gift Certificate to Red Barn

2nd Annual Gingerbread FIREhouse Contest
Aurora, IL - hosted by the Aurora Regional Fire Museum
November 27, 2010
The Aurora Regional Fire Museum will host a gingerbread FIREhouse contest, exhibition, and charity raffle for the holidays. All entries must depict a firefighting themed architectural structure, real or imaginary - IE: a firehouse, burning building, etc. Participants are invited to compete in one of three categories:

  • Individuals: entries made by teen-aged children (13+) and/or adults acting alone.
  • Families and Groups: a single entry that has been created by two or more individuals. (IE: a gingerbread FIREhouse made by children with adult supervision, or a FIREhouse constructed by an organization, club, or groups of adults)
  • Professionals: an entry produced by a baker, designer, architect, or any individual or group with professional baking experience.
The exhibit opens, and the entries will be judged on Saturday, November 27, 2010. Cash and prizes will be awarded for both Peoples Choice and Judges Choice in each category.

Cleveland Botanical Gardens Gingerbread Dreams Contest
Cleveland Botanical Gardens
Dates on Display: November 20 - January 2 (as part of the Cleveland Botanical Garden's Winter Show)
Entry forms must be returned to the Garden by November 12. Gingerbread structures must be delivered on November 17, between 10am and 9pm.

Conner Prairie Gingerbread Village
13400 Allisonville Rd. Fishers, IN 46038
Dates on Display: December 1, 2010 - January 3, 2011
Entry deadline: Friday, November 5. Gingerbread houses are due at Conner Prairie on Friday, November 19. Entries from both amateurs and professionals are welcome. See how gumdrops, pretzels, giant candy canes and other confectionary delights are transformed into gingerbread masterpieces!

Mount Horeb Gingerbread House Contest
Historic District #1 School House, 110 N. 2nd Street, Mount Horeb, WI
Dates on Display: December 9-19, 2010
Contestants need to pre-register by 4pm on December 6, 2010.

Gingerbread Casas for CASA
Hilldale Mall, Madison, WI
Saturday, November 20th.
The Market Street Diner/Carl's Cakes and their resident gingerbread baker Dave Bowden will create a Gingerbread Winter Wonderland in Hilldale Mall's main atrium, including a giant walk-through gingerbread house. Also includes a live sponsor gingerbread house decorating contest.

Christmas in the Country
Grand Geveva Resort
Lake Geneva, WI
Dates on Display: Novemeber through December

Gingerbread House Contest with a Twist
Licorice International in Lincoln, NE
Dates on Display: December 6-17 2010

Southwest US:

Peoria's Oldtown Holiday Festival & Gingerbread Competition
December 3, 2010 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Oldtown Peoria - 83rd Ave just south of Grand

West US:

Gingerbread Jubilee
Craterian Theater
23 S Central
Medford, OR 97504
Dates on Display: 11/19/2010-11/24/10

BCGingerbread House Contest
Boulder City, NV
Boulder City is about 15 miles south of Las Vegas, NV on the road to Hoover Dam.
Dates on Display: December 10, 2010
All Ginerbread houses will be auctioned off and the profits will be donated to a Boulder Cit charity. A food bank or such comes to mind.

Science of Gingerbread
Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana, CA
Saturday, Dec 11 10:00am to 5:00pm
Holiday Festival Dec 11, 2010 - Jan 2, 2011

Coyote Point Museum
Location: San Mateo, CA
Month of December
Very nice environmental museum on San Francisco Bay.


Gingerbread Village at Black Creek
Black Creek Pioneer Village
1000 Murray Ross Parkway
Toronto, Ontario M3J 2P3
Dates on Display: Thursday November 18th 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Create a detailed replica of one of the Village's one-of-a-kind Historic buildings. Please submit your application by Wednesday November 3, 2010.


Online Gingerbread Contests :
This Old House, America's most trusted home-improvement brand, is announcing the launch of its 2010 Gingerbread House Contest. Enter a photo of your "sweetest" creation for a chance to win.
View complete contest rules at No purchase necessary to win. Happy Holidays!


Past Years' Contests:

Click to view the gingerbread house contests we listed in 2009-10.

Click to view 2008-09 gingerbread competitions we listed.

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