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.


Adult Non-Professional
Adult Professional

Official Rules:

Check out the 2020 Virtual Gingerbread House Contest here for some creative inspiration.

Photo Tips for Virtual Contest Entries:

Entries are now closed for 2021! Check back in early December for an online display of all the entries!