November 27, 2023-January 2, 2024
For a sweet treat, see the amazing creations at the annual National Gingerbread House Competition™ at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville. This annual event will bring back the in-person event that makes this experience so special to competitors, Gingerbread enthusiasts, and the historic hotel. The competition's legacy is built on design, innovation, and tradition that continues for future generations.
Tune in to Omni Grove Park Inn's Facebook page Dec 1-12 to view the winners of the 2023 National Gingerbread House Competition and their showstopping creations!
Except for the base, the entries are constructed entirely of edible materials. Check out the winners on the hotel's main floor, and many more are 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! 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 The Omni Grove Park Inn rooms and four restaurants well in advance! Also, find some great shops and the fantastic Gallery of the Mountains.
The Great Gingerbread House
The Great Hall will be transformed into a holiday destination, with a life-sized Gingerbread House modeled after the historic hotel. Guests can enjoy house-made hot chocolate, craft brews, which feature local favorites from Highland Brewing: Gingerbread Ale, and sweet treats by the glow of the iconic Omni Grove Park Inn fireplaces.
Virtual Activity: 12 Days of Gingerbread
For those who may not travel this season, the hotel will continue “The 12 Days of Gingerbread” by releasing one of the Top 12 finalists per day on the hotel’s Facebook (@omnigroveparkinn) and Instagram (@omnigrovepark) channels from December 1-12, 2023 to spark Ginger-love for all during the happiest season of the year! This provides an in-person and virtual way for all to enjoy.
2023 Viewing Hours:
- Public viewing will be displayed after 4 PM on Sundays or anytime Monday-Thursday, based on parking availability and excluding holidays and the following dates: December 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, and January 1.
- Display access is subject to hotel capacity, including pedestrian traffic.
- Please note that only Registered Resort Pets will be permitted. No outside pets will be allowed.
- Overnight hotel guests may see the display at any time.
Fall & Holiday Parking rates:
- Valet Parking: $35 for day parking | $30 for overnight guests
- Self-Parking: $25 for day parking | $20 for overnight guests
- No complimentary parking is available on the property. A portion of the parking proceeds is donated to the community to support local not-for-profit organizations in Western North Carolina.
- No pets are allowed for day visitors.
Tip: Early mornings are the best time to visit since parking fills up many afternoons and evenings.
The National Gingerbread House Competition Judging Criteria
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
Their address is 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville (about 2 miles from downtown). 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
Celebrate an unforgettable Easter at The Omni Grove Park Inn with delectable dishes, family activities, and lasting memories. Enjoy an extended escape with a $150 food and beverage credit, complimentary parking, and a keepsake item. Don't miss the lavish Easter brunch, craft & cookie decorating parties, and appearances from Major Bunny! Go to their website for details.