28th Annual Gingerbread House Exhibit

Gingerbread House Contest 2018

November 30- December 22, 2018, Daily 9:30am-5pm (until 8pm on Nov 30th & Dec 1st and 7th)
Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Open Late Friday December 7, 9:30am-8pm

Please join us for Art Round Town from 5-8pm plus a book signing with Chef Mary Ann Esposito from 5:30-7:30. Meet Mary Ann and view her newest cookbook, Ciao Italia, My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy

Portsmouth Historical Society celebrates Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth with the kickoff party Friday November 30, 2018 5-8pm when visitors will have the first look at the popular Annual Gingerbread House Contest exhibit running until Saturday December 22 in the first floor gallery at Discover Portsmouth located at 10 Middle Street in downtown Portsmouth. Judges awards will be announced at approximately 6pm.
Gingerbread 2018

Vote for your favorite creation for People’s Choice Award!

The public can continue vote until Friday December 14. Come see these magical creations and find holiday gifts in the Museum Shop!

On Monday, December 17 the People’s Choice Award will be announced by 3pm on Facebook.

Rockingham Gingerbread House 2018Created 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.

Free Family Programming

Dec. 9, 10am-noon – Bring the little ones to design their own punched tin winter decoration for your mantel, windowsill or tree.

Dec. 16, 10am-noon – Join us for Snowflake and Gingerbread Man decorating. It’s a fun activity the whole family can enjoy.

Visit our Museum Shop for a delightful selection of gingerbread-themed items.

Gingerbread Items in Museum shop

Your donation is important to us!

If you enjoy exhibits like this one, we hope you’ll support our efforts with a donation. You can donate any amount anonymously at the door or use the button below to donate online. Your support is greatly appreciated!

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Thank you to our generous event sponsors

Devine Millimet
The Music Hall
Strawbery Banke
Kennebunk Savings

Special Thanks to the 2018 Gingerbread House Exhibition Committee, including Jude Conway, Eileen Kane, Alana Parsons & Kait Smith.