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Gingerbread House Competition 


Calling all bakers, craft makers, and holiday enthusiasts to the Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration Gingerbread House Competition! Last year, over 1,000 people visited the Gingerbread House host venue. So, if you are creative and crafty, this competition is your opportunity to showcase your talent.

Registration is CLOSED.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, November 24, 2017.

Saturday, December 2, 4:00 - 8:00 PM, City Plaza and Fayetteville Street (300-400 blocks)
Contest Location: Capital Bank Building, 333 Fayetteville Street
Public can view entries from 4:00 - 7:30 PM




Entries are not limited to the structure of a traditional-style house. Competitors are encouraged to uniquely design their entry.


Except for the base, entries must be constructed and composed completely of edible materials. Non-edible materials such as paint and/or ribbon are approved (and encouraged) to decorate the outer edge of your plywood base only (not to exceed the length and/or width of the base).The main structure of your entry should be constructed of at least 75% gingerbread, some of which should be exposed. Edible materials are not limited to candies and icings. Use of gum paste, fondant, pastillage, chocolate, modeling chocolate, royal icing, isomalt, cast sugar, gelatin, and pressed sugar is encouraged. Any entry with non-edible components will be automatically disqualified. No artificial display materials, such as Styrofoam or interior lighting, are to be used in the construction or decoration of the entry. Candies must be unwrapped and free of any non-edible materials such as lollipop sticks.



The “People’s Choice” winners will be selected by event attendees and the winner of the “Best in Show” will be selected by a celebrity judge. The Gingerbread Houses will be on display during the Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting celebration on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM, at 333 Fayetteville Street (Capital Bank Plaza, corner of Fayetteville and Davie Street). Attendees can vote for their favorite entry between 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Winners will be announced between 7:50 – 8:00 PM from the main stage in City Plaza. Announcements also will be made via social media.

Entry judging will be based on three criteria:


Prizes will be announced soon. Prizes can be picked up by the winners after the competition.


All entries must be delivered to 333 Fayetteville Street, at the intersection of Fayetteville Street and Davie Street, on Friday, December 1, between 4:00 – 7:00 PM. To simplify the check-in process, a check-in time will be assigned to each competitor and will be determined by entry number. At the time of check in, you will be photographed alongside your entry for media purposes.


Entries will be on display at 333 Fayetteville Street during the Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting celebration on Saturday, December 2 from 4:00 – 7:30 PM.

Permission is granted to Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) to transport the entry for publicity purposes while understanding that at no time does DRA guarantee the safety or security of the entry and cannot be held responsible for any damages incurred by the entry.


All entries must be picked up by the owner no later than 9:00 PM on Saturday, December 2 unless another pick up time has been pre-arranged with DRA. Any entry not picked up by the designated time will become the property of DRA and may be put on display in another suitable location or disposed.

DRA has permission to print or otherwise duplicate the picture or likeness of the entry and/or the entrant with the entry for either internal or external release; this includes print and online publications. It is understood that the image of the entry becomes the property of DRA.


Please contact Kimberley Jones via email, kimberleyjones@downtownraleigh.org or phone 919-821-6975.