28th Annual Gingerbread House Contest Call for Entries

Entries must be registered no later than Saturday, November 17, 2018.

2016 Adult Winner, Gingerbread Contest

Portsmouth Historical Society is pleased to announce another year of a sweet local tradition. Gather your family, friends and/or co-workers together and craft your own beautiful creation! All levels welcome. Homemade gingerbread creations will be on display daily for the public throughout December at Discover Portsmouth.

Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth Kickoff

Friday, November 30, 2018, 5-8pm
The exhibition will open Friday, November 30, from 5-8pm, and run through December 22, from 9:30-5 pm daily. The exhibition will also be open until 8pm on Saturday, December 1 and Friday, December 7.

Take a house home!

Some of our most beautiful entries will be raffled off and available to the winners to take home for the holidays. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Portsmouth Historical Society.

Please read the Contest Rules before you register.

CONTEST RULES    REGISTER NOW

2018GingerbreadHouseContestRules

The 28th Annual Gingerbread House Contest is a feature of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth, the city-wide, month-long celebration anchored by The Music Hall and Strawbery Banke Museum.

Created by local businesses, artists, families and kids, the gingerbread houses will be nestled into a winter wonderland in the first floor gallery surrounded by large format photographs: David J. Murray’s images of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth and photographs of trains in New Hampshire winters by Andy Dolph. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Judges’ winning selections will be announced at the November 30 Kickoff Party. Visitors to the exhibit can vote for the People’s Choice Awards in four categories: “Best in Show,” “Most Creative Building Materials,” “Most Attention to Detail,” and “Most Whimsical.”

Come see these magical creations and find holiday gifts in the Museum Shop! According to Robin Albert, Welcome Center Coordinator, who is overseeing the exhibit, “We are gearing up for what has become a wonderful tradition. Both past participants and newcomers are encouraged to enter, so get your family and friends and co-workers together and craft your own beautiful creation!”

Free Family Programs

Dec. 9 – Tin punching winter decoration (ornament)
Dec. 16 Snowflakes and Gingerbread Man Decorating

Thank you to our event sponsors

Devine Millimet