14th Annual Gingerbread House Contest

Saturday, December 9 – Monday, December 18, 2023
Celebrate the season with delicious decorations!

December 9, 2023

Events > 14th Annual Gingerbread House Contest

Event Information


Saturday, December 9
to Monday, December 18, 2023
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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT

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    Delicious Decorations!

    The Library is celebrating the season with our annual Gingerbread House Contest!

    ALL AGES can participate! Voting will take place at the library as well as online.

    Need inspiration? Check out our previous gingerbread creations: 20212022


    Doesn’t fit in your budget?

    The library has a limited number of gingerbread house kits available on a first come, first serve basis. Kits will be available at the Adult Reference Desk beginning Friday, December 1.


    Important Dates

    First day to drop off your gingerbread Saturday, December 9
    Last day to drop off your gingerbread Wednesday, December 13
    First day to vote Thursday, December 14
    Last day to vote Sunday, December 17
    Winner announced Monday, December 18
    Last day to see/pick up gingerbread Friday, December 29



    To keep everything fair, we have two categories.

    Gingerbread: adults, teens, groups, businesses

    Children’s Gingerbread: individuals or groups age 10 and younger


    Construction Guidelines

    • Gingerbread houses must be constructed primarily of edible materials and icing
    • Bases for the projects must not exceed 24 inches by 24 inches.
    • YES! You can use store-bought gingerbread kits.
    • No electricity may be used.

    Entries must have a card attached to the bottom that includes the following information:

    • Category ( gingerbread / children’s gingerbread )
    • Names of all contestant
    • Phone number
    • Email address


    Want your gingerbread house back?

    You must pick up any items before the end of the day on Thursday, December 29. Anything left behind will be donated or discarded.

    Please keep in mind that the library is closed for the Christmas weekend, which means we’ll be closed December 22-25.


    Photo and Video Disclaimer

    The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, as a public place, reserves the right to photograph and record groups and individuals using library services and attending library programs, and to publish those photographs and videos publicly in its newsletter and on social media outlets. Please contact 860-828-7125 with questions.

    Accommodations Statement

    If you require special accommodation for any library sponsored event, please call 860-828-7125 or email library@berlinpeck.org at least ten (10) days prior to the event.