National Gingerbread House Competition at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C.

National Gingerbread Competition

The Entries in the National Gingerbread House Competition Go On Public Display Each Year in Asheville For the Holidays.

2020-2021 National Gingerbread House Competition Viewing: Dates to be announced 

National Gingerbread House Competition 2017See the nation's most creative and incredible gingerbread creations when the entries in the National Gingerbread House Competition go on display to the public at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville. The entries go on display each season beginning in late-November. The viewing extends through late December.

The National Gingerbread House Competition is a favorite Asheville holiday tradition that has taken place for nearly 30 years.

Take our 2019 PHOTO TOUR of the winning creations!

From the whimsical to the elaborate, there are gingerbread houses of every size, shape, complexity and theme. You’ll find quaint rustic cabins, gumdrop-adorned castles and sugar spun landscapes that'll likely inspire your own gingerbread traditions. 

Contestants travel from all over the country to compete for more than $25,000 in prizes. All houses must be built entirely from edible materials and made of at least 75 percent gingerbread. Celebrity chefs judge the entries based on overall appearance, originality/creativity, difficulty, precision and consistency of theme.  

Christmas Fireplace at Omni Grove Park InnHoliday Lights and Decorations at The Omni Grove Park Inn

As you enjoy the Gingerbread creations, you'll notice The Omni Grove Park Inn and its Great Hall entrance way come alive with gorgeous decorations, music and the smells of evergreen, sugar and spice.

The Great Hall’s enormous wreath-adorned stone fire places—large enough accommodate massive 12-foot logs—crackle and glow with welcomed warmth. Giant rocking chairs in front of these fireplaces make for a cozy spot to enjoy the season. Throughout the Inn there are dozens of lighted, decorated trees; the largest resides in the Great Hall.

Take the coziness to another level by purchasing a delicious, made-from-scratch hot cocoa. 

Grove Park Inn Resort & SpaExperience the History of The Omni Grove Park Inn

If only the thick boulder-rock walls of The Omni Grove Park Inn could talk. What stories they would tell about the captains of industry, politicians, prize-winning authors, artists, and sports legends who have walked through its massive oak doors.

In the 21st century, the Inn stands as a prime example of the Arts and Crafts movement in American and to one man’s contribution to the “Golden Age of Asheville.” Just as in 1913, when the Inn officially opened, today’s visitors are drawn to its expansive exterior and breathtaking location, overlooking Asheville and the ancient mountains that surround this vibrant southern city.

From its Arts and Crafts Roycroft furniture and accessories to displays of antique china and caricatures of its many famous guests, The Omni Grove Park Inn is overflowing with history.

If you go: 2020 National Gingerbread House Competition 

  • 2020-2021 PUBLIC VIEWING DATES: To be announced.

    • 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 certain dates to be announced.

  • 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.

National Gingerbread House CompetitionHoliday Packages

The Omni Grove Park Inn regularly offers special packages during the holidays. To learn more, click here.

Gingerbread History: Did you know?

  • Gingerbread was used by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians for ceremonial purposes.

  • Gingerbread was brought to Europe in 992 by an Armenian monk, but it wasn’t until the 18th century that it was readily available.

  • Gingerbread is a favorite food in many cultures, with variations appearing in Brazilian, Middle Eastern, European, Russian and American cooking.

  • Gingerbread comes in many forms ranging from a light spice cake to dense bread. The harder German-style gingerbread is most commonly used to make gingerbread houses.

Updated January 23, 2020
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