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Gingerbread House Competition 2015, The Omni Grove Park Inn

Also see: Top 50 Holiday Outings | Christmas at Biltmore | Holiday Shopping | Galleries | Downtown | Grove Park Inn | Christmas Tree Farms | Top 10 Thanksgiving Weekend
National Gingerbread House Competition 2014
See gingerbread creations displayed throughout the hotel. This is a 2014 Top 10 Winner.

2014 Gingerbread House First Place
2014 Adult First Place Winner: Anne B. Bailey, Cary NC (Pawn Stars)!

First Place National Gingerbread House Competition
Amazing details in the chess board pawns of the First Place Winner

Gingerbread House Winner Second Place
2014 Second Place: Glenda Tant, Lebanon, TN (Hometown Christmas Parade)

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

November 18, 2015 - January 1, 2016
For a sweet treat, tour the amazing display at the 23rd Annual National Gingerbread House Competition at The Omni Grove Park Inn. Except for the base, the entries are constructed entirely of edible materials. Judging will take place on November 16 and the awards ceremony is open free to the public.

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. Browse their gift shops and warm by the fire in the massive fireplaces in the lobby.

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 were 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.

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.

National Gingerbread House Competition 2014
2014 Adult Third Place: Santa by Barbara Evans and Mary Jo Dowling, Edelstein, IL

National Gingerbread House Competition 2014
2014 Top Winners in the Teen Category

National Gingerbread House CompetitionNational Gingerbread House Competition
Left: Youth First Place Chloe & Allie. Right: Child First Place Sarah Beth

National Gingerbread House Competition
2014 Excited Winners in Child Category

National Gingerbread House Competition
2014 Top 10 Adult Winners

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



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