November 20, 2019-January 4, 2020
For a sweet treat, see the amazing creations at the annual National Gingerbread House Competition at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville. Except for the base, the entries are constructed entirely of edible materials. Check out the winners on the main floor of the hotel and many more displayed down on level 7. Pick up a map at various spots in the main lobby. As you walk to the various display areas, see dozens of decorated trees in the historic resort. It will get you in the holiday spirit for sure!
2019 Hours & Parking Fee: Overnight hotel guests may see the display at any time. All others can only visit on Grove Park's less busier days: Sunday after 3 PM and anytime Monday through Thursday starting November 20th - based on parking availability and excluding holiday periods of November 27, 28, December 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 and January 1. Viewing on Dec 26 begins at 1 PM.
There is no admission fee to see the gingerbread creations, but there is a $25/car parking fee (add $5 for valet service). Half of each parking charge collected this holiday season will be returned to the community in support of various local not-for-profits in Western North Carolina. No pets allowed for day visitors. Tip: Early mornings are the best time to visit since parking fills up many afternoons and evenings.
Take time to notice the amazing details in each creation. Photos are allowed, but please be respectful to other viewers.
Take a break with a drink in their grand lobby and warm by the massive stone fireplaces. Make reservations for Omni Grove Park Inn rooms and its four restaurants well in advance! Also find some great shops and the fantastic Gallery of the Mountains.
Advance parking reservations are required for any oversized vehicles that do not fit a traditional parking space - including groups in vans and motor coaches. For additional information, go to the Grove Park Gingerbread website.
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. Entries are judged on five criteria:
- Overall Appearance
- Originality & Creativity
- Consistency of Theme
To get an entry form, go to the Grove Park Gingerbread website. The awards ceremony held before the display begins is only open to competitors and their guests.
Their address is 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville (about 2 miles from downtown and 4.5 miles from Biltmore Estate). Read more about the legendary Omni Grove Park Inn. For more things to do during the holiday season, see our Top Asheville Holiday Outings and Events.
Grove Park Packages
Rate: From $1,384/couple