Entries are open for The Omni Grove Park Inn’s 29th National Gingerbread House Competition

Explore the creative confections in-person this year | Photo provided by The Omni Grove Park Inn

The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville is accepting entries for its iconic National Gingerbread House Competition now through Nov. 8. Gingerbread enthusiasts are encouraged to enter the competition and begin dreaming up dazzling designs for their confectionery creations with a chance to win cash, prizes, and, of course, bragging rights

After going virtual in 2020, the resort is welcoming back competitors in-person in 2021. The competition’s esteemed panel of judges, including Chef Nicholas Lodge + Chef Carla Hall, will announce a winner on Nov. 22. All entries will be on display at The Omni Grove Park Inn (290 Macon Ave., Asheville) throughout the holiday season.   

How to enter: Entry forms are due by Nov. 8, 2021. Digital content + description summary forms are due by Nov. 15, 2021.

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History:

Not familiar with the competition? It began in 1992 with a small group of gingerbread houses built by community members as a way to celebrate the holidays. Nearly two decades later, the competition has become one of the nation’s most celebrated and competitive holiday events.🎄

The Great Gingerbread House in the Great Hall | Photo provided by The Omni Grove Park Inn

When to visit:

The official gingerbread display, where people can view all gingerbread entries and celebrate the hard work that goes into these edible works of art, will be open from Nov. 28, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022. This holiday tradition evokes a reaction of wonder, awe, and delight from the very young to the very young at heart. ✨

2019 Adult Top 10 Winner created by Cheryl and Bill Filion | Photo provided by The Omni Grove Park Inn

Not staying at the resort? The display is available to view after 3 p.m. on Sundays or anytime Mon.-Thurs. for the general public (based on parking availability and excluding holidays and the following dates: Dec.23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31, and Jan. 1). Public viewing on December 26 and January 2 will reopen after 3 p.m. Ⓟ