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: 2017 Adult 2nd & 3rd place.
While guests with hotel, spa or restaurant reservations may view the display at any time, 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/year) and the other half covers the extra expenses to accommodate the big crowds. No pets allowed for day visitors.
Here's a sampling of the 2017 Winners:
1st Place 2017: Ann Bailey, Cary, "The Three Ghosts"
Adult Top 10 2017
Adult Top 10 2017
Child 2nd Place 2017 - Love the Three Pigs!
Teen 1st Place 2017
Take time to notice the amazing details in each creation.
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 dozens of decorated trees in the historic hotel.
Take a break with a drink in their grand lobby and warm by the massive fireplaces. Groups traveling by any vehicle that seats 15 or more passengers in size must make parking reservations prior to arrival.
For additional information, call their Gingerbread Hotline at 1-800-413-5778.
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.
2017 Gingerbread Winners
- 1st: Coble Adams, Raleigh, "Ginger Baker"
- 2nd: Ms. May's and Ms. Keena's Kindergarten Class, Asheville, "The Three Little Pigs"
- 3rd: Mrs. Leatherwood's First Grade Class, Black Mountain, "Our Treasures"
- 1st: Mrs. Choi's Class, Asheville, "The Dog Daze of School"
- 2nd: Foral and Smith Kids, Greenville, South Carolina, "The Balloon Poppers"
- 3rd: Gumdrop Girls, Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, "Christmas Over the Rainbow"
- 1st: Gabriella Arthur, Easley, South Carolina, C, "Family"
- 2nd: Courtland High School German 1-3, Fredericksburg, Virginia, "December 23rd"
- 3rd: Courtland High School German 4 and AP, Fredericksburg, Virginia, "A King's Retreat"
- 1st: Ann Bailey, Cary, "The Three Ghosts"
- 2nd: Glenda Tant, Lebanon, Tennessee, "Christmas in Venice"
- 3rd: Beatriz Muller, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada, "At Water's Edge"
Additionally, a group of entries are on display at the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville.
Grove Park Packages
Rate: From $1,560/couple (two nights)