Call for Entries! 26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest

2016 Gingerbread House ContestDecember 2-23, 2016
Discover Portsmouth
10 Middle Street
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Discover Portsmouth has issued a Call for Entries for the 26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest, a feature of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth, the city-wide, month-long celebration anchored by The Music Hall and Strawbery Banke Museum.

Eligibility: The contest is open to all entrants in four categories:

  • ADULT (open to individuals or groups 18 and over)
  • FAMILY (children under 18 working with adults)
  • YOUTH or YOUTH GROUP (child or children under 18 working without adult)

Entries must be registered no later than Saturday, November 19, 2016

… and delivered to Discover Portsmouth from Monday, November 21st to Monday the 28th between 10-4. We are closed Thanksgiving Day. Please read the Rules and Eligibility:

Download Rules for Entry!

Register Here

Discover Portsmouth celebrates Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth with the kickoff party Friday December 2, 2016 5-8pm when visitors will have the first look at the popular 26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest exhibit running until Friday December 23 in the first floor gallery. 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 can be seen every day through December 23 from 9:30am – 5pm with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 8pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public at Discover Portsmouth, located at 10 Middle Street. We’ll announce our jurors selections at the Kickoff Party; the public can continue to vote throughout the month. On Friday December 16 the People’s Choice Award will be announced. Come see these magical creations and find holiday gifts in the Museum Shop!

According to Lainey McCartney, Curatorial Associate who is overseeing the exhibit, “We are pleased to announce another year for a sweet local tradition. Get your family and friends and co-workers together and craft your own beautiful creation!”
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