November 26, 2017-January 4, 2018
For a sweet treat, see the amazing creations at the 25th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition at The Omni Grove Park Inn. Except for the base, the entries are constructed entirely of edible materials. While judging will take place on November 20, the display of the winners begins November 22 for overnight guests of the hotel and diners at their several restaurants. General public viewing starts November 26. Photo above: 2016 Grand prize winner Beatriz Müller from Ontario, Canada.
While guests with hotel, spa or restaurant reservations may view the display at any time (including Thanksgiving weekend), others are invited to see the winners on Sundays after 3 PM and Monday-Thursday anytime (except Dec 24, 25, 26, 31 and Jan 1) when parking is available. While there is no admission charge to view the gingerbread creations, there is a $20 per car parking fee. Half of this fee goes to local non-profits (usually $65,000) and the other half covers the extra expenses to accommodate the big crowds. No pets allowed.
Adult Second and Third Place 2016
Adult Top 10 2016
Adult Top 10 2016
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 are judged on five criteria:
- Overall Appearance
- Originality & Creativity
- 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.
To get an entry form and more details, go to the Grove Park Gingerbread Web site. The awards ceremony on November 20th afternoon is open to competitors and their guests.
Get a close-up look at the amazing details of the gingerbread top 10 winners in each category, displayed in several areas throughout the hotel.
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.