PHOTOS: 2019 National Gingerbread House Competition Winners
By Jason Tarr
The display is open from Nov. 20, 2019 through Jan. 4, 2019 (*select dates) at The Omni Grove Park Inn. View the entries Sunday afternoons after 3 p.m., and Monday through Thursdays. You do not need to be a guest at the resort during these times to view the entries, however, a parking fee does apply.
See our guide to the National Gingerbread House Competition for key information to know before you go to see the display.
A team of celebrity judges, including chef and television personality Carla Hall, considered 200 entries from across North America. The entries vied for gingerbread glory and thousands of dollars in cash prizes. To be eligible, the designs had to be made of at least 75 percent gingerbread. From there, judges evaluated the creations on overall appearance, originality/creativity, difficulty, precision, and consistency of theme.
This year's grand prize winner is Gail Oliver of Johnson City, Tenn. for her entry, "The Water Hole."
Photos courtesy of The Omni Grove Park Inn.
More 2019 Prize-Winning Gingerbread Entries
Adult 2nd Place - Beatriz Müller, Innisfil, Ontario: "Perspective"
Adult 3rd Place - Larry and Julia Vorpahl, Ellijay, Georgia: "Caravan Christmas"
Teen 1st Place - Courtland High German Program, Spotsylvania, Virginia: "Christkindlmarket"
Youth 1st Place - Anderson Adams, Raleigh, North Carolina: "Coat of Many Colors"
Child 1st Place - Adair Cary, Marshall, North Carolina: "A Ride Through the Forest"
If you go: 2019 National Gingerbread House Competition
2019-2020 PUBLIC VIEWING DATES: November 20, 2019-January 4, 2020 (excluding holidays; see dates below). The entries may be viewed Sunday after 3 p.m. or anytime Monday through Thursday. You do not need to be staying overnight at The Omni Grove Park Inn to view the entries.
Note -- On busy days, parking may reach capacity. If that occurs, guests may be asked to return to The Omni Grove Park Inn at another time. To avoid being turned away because of capacity, try to visit earlier in the day when the resort is typically less busy.
The display will NOT be open to the public on the following dates: November 27, 28; December 23, 24, 25, 26 (until 1 p.m.), 29, 30, 31; January 1.
PARKING FEE / ADMISSION INFO: A $25 parking charge will be in effect for all drive-on guests (one charge per standard size vehicle, based parking on availability). Half of each parking charge collected this season will be returned to the community in support of various local non-profit organizations.
PET POLICY: Only registered resort pets will be permitted during the gingerbread display. No outside pets are allowed.