26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest

Gingerbread 2016 winner

Juror’s Selection: Youth Category – #53 Winter Log Cabin, Brett Starr. Snowy, pretzel cabin with ‘fieldstone’ fireplace, thatched roof and yard filled with evergreens.

Through Friday December 23, 2016 at Discover Portsmouth.

Free + open to the public

affordable family fun for the holidays!

Juror’s Selections:

Youth Category – #53 Winter Log Cabin, Brett Starr. Snowy, pretzel cabin with ‘fieldstone’ fireplace, thatched roof and yard filled with evergreens
Adult Category – #40 Fantasy Cottage, Joanne Nichols. Grey, shingled cottage with red trim and window boxes.
Family Category – #64 Penguin Palace, The DeCristofaro Family. Pretzel log cabin, with ‘fieldstone’ fireplace and penquins playing in snow.
Business Category – #36 Hilton Garden Inn – Robert Menard, The North Church. North Church with formed bricks, sitting on pedestal in left of gallery.

Come in and Vote! People’s Choice Winners to be announced Friday, December 16

A feature of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth

The city-wide, month-long celebration anchored by The Music Hall and Strawbery Banke Museum, the 26th Annual Gingerbread House exhibit is free and open to the public at Discover Portsmouth. Created by local businesses, artists, families and kids, the gingerbread houses are 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 can be seen every day through December 23 from 9:30am – 5pm with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 8pm. Discover Portsmouth is located at 10 Middle Street. The public can continue to vote throughout most of the month; Friday December 16 the People’s Choice Award will be announced. Come see these magical creations and find holiday gifts in the Museum Shop! During the month of December, Discover Portsmouth will be open late each Friday and Saturday evening from 5-8pm. For further information on exhibitions, publications, gift shop, lectures, rentals, and tours, please call 603-436-8433 or visit PortsmouthHistory.org.

We had a great event Saturday, Dec. 3rd as part of the 26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest –

2016 Gingerbread House Contest

Families in the gallery for “Gingerbread Pirates” book reading

Gingerbread Pirates – Matt Tavares, illustrator

Saturday, December 3, 2016
10am – Book reading and illustration demonstration by Illustrator Matt Tavares in the Gallery.
10:30am – 11:30am – Book Signing by Matt Tavares in the Museum Shop
10:30am – 12:00pm – Make a Gingerbread House Gift Bag in the Program Space

******* Coming Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 *******

Gingerbread Mouse – Katy Bratun, author and illustrator

Saturday, December 10, 2016
10:30am – Book reading and Discussion on How to Write a Children’s Book with Author and Illustrator, Katy Bratun in the Gallery
11am – 12pm – Book Signing by Katy Bratun in the Museum Shop
11am – 12pm – Decorate a Paper Gingerbread Man in the Program Space


Daily activities in the gallery

December 2-23, 2016
Scavenger Hunt of the Gingerbread Houses
Color a Gingerbread House

Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Open 7 days, 9:30am to 5pm through December 23rd, 2016. Call (603) 436-8433 for more information.

Exhibition Sponsors

Devine Millimet     peoples-united-bank-logo

Season Sponsors

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