Gingerbread House Contest

 Take the Gingerbread Walk!

See all 34 wonderful gingerbread creations on display
in 20 downtown shop windows.

Vote for your favorite for People's Choice Award. Vote online via Facebook or in person December 3 at the Pepsi Store
or December 6 at the O. Marks Building.   

Celebrate the winners at the Award Ceremony December 14,
4pm at the O.Marks Building. 

New Bern's 4th Annual

Gingerbread House
Contest & Display

A Beary Merry Christmas event

Sponsored by the
New Bern Historical Society

This year's theme:
"Historic New Bern Christmas"


Novice or pro, individual or group, adult or youth - everyone is invited to enter New Bern's Gingerbread House Contest!  This year's theme: "Historic New Bern Christmas."

All houses will be displayed in downtown merchants' windows during the holiday season.  Cash prizes and gift cards will be awarded!  The first 50 entrants will also receive a hand-crafted pottery ornament.

Review the contest details and submit your completed entry form and fee by November 11 to the New Bern Historical Society, 511 Broad Street. New Bern NC, 28560 or by email to

How to enter:
Download and print contest entry form below ~ or ~ you can pick up a form at the Historical Society office at 511 Broad Street.  Submit your entry form and fee to the Historical Society by November 11.  Entry forms and fees (cash or check) may be mailed/dropped off at the Historical Society ~ or ~ you can email your entry form and pay online on Historical Society website.  See contest rules below for additional details.

You may enter as an individual or as a group. See rules for details.

♦ Youth up to age 14
♦ Adults age 15 and up
♦ Family - a combination of youth and adults
♦ Business/Professionals - bakers, chefs, caterers, engineers, artists or super-experienced builders

House Rules:
♦ Houses that are late or do not comply with rules cannot be considered for prizes.  Click on link below for printable list of house rules.


Download rules and information here


Download entry form here


Pay contest entry fee


Sign up for a gingerbread house class!


Important Dates:
♦ Gingerbread House class at Craven Community College October 7 at 10 am or October 16 at 6:30 pm.
♦ Entry forms due to Historical Society November 11.
♦ All houses must be delivered to your assigned display location on Friday or Saturday November 22-23.
♦ Judging takes place November 26.
Winners announced December 14.
♦ Pick up your house no later than 4pm December 21.  

Take the Gingerbread Class!
You'd like to make a gingerbread house, but not too sure about your skills?  Take the "Intro to Gingerbread House Building" class on October 7 from 10-11:30 am or October 16 from 6:30-8 pm at Craven Community College.  Local Gingerbread experts will teach you the basics on how to build and decorate your very own gingerbread house with no-fail dough and icing recipes, and share the tips and tricks for success developed over many years of shows and contests.  The fee is only $18; a portion of the fee goes back into Gingerbread Contest prizes.  Learn more here.   

Judging and Prizes:
First 50 entries will receive a special hand-crafted pottery gingerbread ornament made by wonderful local artists!
♦ Prizes range from gift basket to $200 cash!  See rules for prize levels.


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