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Gingerbread House Competition 2014, The Omni Grove Park Inn

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Gingerbread House Compeition, Grove Park Inn
The amazing, winning gingerbread creations are displayed throughout the hotel.

Scenes from 2013 Competition Display!

Grand Prize Gingerbread Winner
2013 Grand Prize Winner! See more winners below.

Gingerbread House Compeition, Grove Park Inn
Get a close-up look!

Gingerbread House Compeition, Grove Park Inn
Incredible detail!

Grove Park Inn Christmas
See the many beautiful Christmas trees too!

Grove Park Inn Lobby Fireplace
Rock a bit in front of the grand fireplaces in the lobby.

November 19, 2014 - January 1, 2015
For a sweet treat, tour the amazing display at the 22nd Annual National Gingerbread House Competition at The Omni Grove Park Inn. Except for the base, the entries are constructed entirely of edible materials.

While guests with hotel, spa or restaurant reservations may view the display at any time, others can stop by to view entries on Sunday-Thursday, 9 AM until 9 PM (excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day). While there is no admission charge to view the gingerbread creations, there is a $10 per car parking fee. Half of this fee goes to local non-profits and the other half covers the extra expenses to accommodate the big crowds.

If you are not an overnight guest, we recommend dining at one of their great restaurants, especially the latest additions EDISON craft ales + kitchen and VUE 1913 American Brasserie. And Sunset Terrace is open many days on the fabulous outdoor porch (with heaters).

Most entries are on the main lobby floor in both wings. Get a map at the information desk in the lobby. As you walk to the various display areas, see some of the 80 decorated trees in the historic, grand hotel.

The grand prize winning entry and selected other winners will be removed from the display during the third week of December as the resort transports them to New York City for its 14th straight appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Groups traveling by any vehicle that seats 15 or more passengers in size must make parking reservations prior to arrival. For additional information please call 1-800-438-0050, ext. 1281.

Entries are judged on November 17 based on five criteria:

  • Overall Appearance
  • Originality & Creativity
  • Difficulty
  • Precision
  • Consistency of Theme

Except for the base, entries must be constructed of edible materials. The main structure should be at least 75% gingerbread, some of which should be exposed. Edible materials are not limited to candies and icings.

Contestants from across the country bring their architectural masterpieces to The Omni Grove Park Inn. Delight in the imagination shown in these sugar-and-spice creations, strolling through the competition is a sure way to be swept up in the holiday spirit.

This year, half of the parking fee proceeds will be donated to six local non-profit organizations: Eliada Foster Care, Asheville City Schools Foundation, American Legion Baseball Post #70, Homeward Bound, Council on Aging of Buncombe County and  Children First/Communities in Schools. In 2013, The Omni Grove Park Inn donated $64,000.

Additionally, a group of entries are on display at the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville.

For more things to do during the holiday season, see our Top Asheville Holiday Outings and Events.

Gingerbread House Compeition, Grove Park Inn
Checking out the top winner in the Youth division.

Take a video tour and see a few of the gingerbread creations for 2013.

Gingerbread House Compeition, Grove Park Inn
Remember to pick up a map in the lobby to find the various areas where the entries are displayed.

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Gingerbread House Compeition, Grove Park Inn
Adult Second Place: Should have taken the sleigh!

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2013 National Gingerbread House Winners

Gingerbread House Grand Prize 2013

Grove Park Gingerbread House Winner 2nd
Adult 2nd Place: Glenda Tant, Lebanon, TN

Grove Park Gingerbread House Winner 3rd
Adult 3rd Place (tie): Jennifer Elmore & Michael Willaur, Apex, NC

Grove Park Gingerbread House Winner 3rd
Adult 3rd Place (tie): Rita Adams, Ringgold, CA

Grove Park Gingerbread House Winner Teen 1st
Teen 1st Place: Courtland High School German Club from Spotsylvania, VA


2012 Gingerbread House Competition Top Winners
With 182 competition applicants, from as far away as Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Massachusetts, winners of the 2012 National Gingerbread House Competition are:

Grove Park Gingerbread House Winner
2012 Grand Prize Winner, Ann Bailey, Cary, NC

Grove Park Gingerbread House Winner
Adult 2nd Place, Linda Carney, Asheville, NC

Grove Park Gingerbread House Winner
Adult 3rd Place, Glenda Tant, Lebanon, TN

Grove Park Gingerbread House Winner
Teen 1st Place, Carly Owens, Swannanoa, NC

Grove Park Gingerbread House Winner
Teen 2nd Place, Mary Figueroa, Fishers, IN

Grove Park Gingerbread House Winner
Youth 1st Place, Lydia Gentry, Hendersonville, NC


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