2020 Dates TBA
For a sweet treat, see the amazing creations of the annual National Gingerbread House Competition virtually this year! The Omni Grove Park Inn will not host a physical display due to restrictions surrounding COVID-19. However, socially distanced alternatives for Gingerbread fans both on and off the property to view the finalists this season will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
- August 26, 2020: Competition entries open
- October 12, 2020: Competition Entry Deadline
- December 1-12, 2020: Winners announced
- December 12, 2020: Grand Prize announced
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!
2020 Hours & Parking Fee:
In 2020, hours and parking fees will change due to COVID-19 restrictions. Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks!
Take time to notice the amazing details in each creation. Photos are allowed, but please be respectful to other viewers.
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 Inn 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.