The annual Gingerbread House Contest is one of the most popular events at Christmas by Candlelight! Create and register your own gingerbread house in one of several categories or simply view the creative handiwork of others when you visit the Village during Christmas by Candlelight. Learn more about Christmas by Candlelight here. Register for the contest below. This year, you can enter the virtual contest or both the in-person and virtual contests! We are hoping to have 75 houses to help celebrate our 75th anniversary!
Winners get an Old Sturbridge Village gift certificate.
- To enter Old Sturbridge Village’s 2021 Gingerbread Contest, entry forms must be received no later than November 21, 2021.
- Entries for the in-person contest must be delivered to the Visitor Center at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA on November 30th, December 1st, or December 2nd between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.
- Entries must be made entirely of edible materials with the exception of the foundation board. No electric lights or additions are allowed!
- Foundation boards must be no larger than 24″ x 24″ and should be made of sturdy 1/4″ plywood; foundation boards can be covered with paper, foil or edible material.
- All in-person entries will be on display during Old Sturbridge Village’s Christmas by Candlelight program beginning December 3rd and ending December 30th.
- Entries can be picked up at the Village on January 3rd or 4th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Unclaimed entries become the property of the Village, and will be destroyed.
- Old Sturbridge Village is not responsible for damaged or broken gingerbread houses, and will not maintain or repair entries.
- Guest judges will choose category winners, and Christmas by Candlelight attendees will select the guest favorite.
Check out the 2020 Virtual Gingerbread House Contest here for some creative inspiration.
Photo Tips for Virtual Contest Entries:
- By submitting your photos into this contest, you are conveying rights to Old Sturbridge Village to use images for marketing purposes, including but not limited to print and social media.
- Use a clean visual background (try placing a sheet or tarp behind your gingerbread house if possible).
- Remove any clutter or background objects that may distract from the subject you are photographing.
- Take photos at a well-lit area and time of day.
- If it is too dark inside, consider shooting outside in the sunlight.
- Make sure your camera is focused on the gingerbread house.
- Photos must be at least 300 PPI (pixels per inch); Largest file size option for smart phones.
- We welcome you to include photos of the house in progress and photos of you/your family with the finished product
Entries are now closed for 2021! Check back in early December for an online display of all the entries!