Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

Close-up of gingerbread house with white icing dripping from roof and light shining from windows

It’s time to bake the gingerbread mix, mix the icing, and buy the gum drops! This year marks the second annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest, and we want your most creative gingerbread houses to display here at the library. Better yet- two gingerbread houses, one staff favorite and one patron favorite, will win prizes to a local business, so grab your supplies and get started today.

Gingerbread House Decorating Rules & Guidelines


  • Registration is not required.gingerbread house decorated with lots of colored stars as roof tiles, and candy used as windows
  • Base and Height: All entries must have a sturdy base to situate their gingerbread house on, no larger than 18” x 18”. The gingerbread house itself can be any size in height.
  • Ingredients: The entire display, except for the base, must be made of edible materials, with lollipops on sticks being the only exception. Please make sure that all ingredients are non-perishable—we don’t want anything spoiling!
    • We recommend using Royal Icing only for icing purposes, as buttercream will spoil.
  • Be creative! Your gingerbread house does not have to be a ‘normal’ or ‘traditional’ style.


  • Drop your gingerbread house off anytime between November 28 and December 7.
  • When you bring the gingerbread house into the library, please pick a name for it and let reference staff know so they can get a placard made for it!A simple gingerbread house with white icing decorating the roof and sides of house.
  • If you bring your gingerbread house in after December 7, we will be happy to display it, but that will significantly decrease your chance at getting higher vote totals.
  • Gingerbread houses will be on display in the library from November 28 through December 31.

Voting & Winning

  • There will be two winners: a patron favorite and a staff favorite. The same gingerbread house cannot win both.
  • Every patron will be able to vote for their favorite gingerbread house once using a specially-created voting ballot.
  • The voting period will be from December 7 through December 21.
  • The winner of each category will be announced on December 22 and will win one of two local gift card prizes.