Join us at Portsmouth Historical Society as we celebrate this sweet season with the 30th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibition from November 20 through December 22. This year, we are “taking it to the streets” with gingerbread creations on display both at the Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center and throughout downtown in shop and restaurant windows.
This year we’re suggesting historical buildings in gingerbread form! We’ve had a lot of great houses recreated in the past, but it doesn’t have to be a landmark. It can be your own home, a favorite downtown spot, or a bit of unique architecture.
Participants, of course, had their own ideas. Some used our theme, but some just used their imagination!
Our community judges have awarded a plethora of ribbons to some very lucky and creative gingerbread builders!
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People’s Choice Awards
You can vote for your favorites! People’s Choice winners will be announced December 15!
Downtown Scavenger Hunt
New this year! Take a walk through Market Square and see all the houses on display in storefront windows! Visit all locations, collect the stamps, and turn in your stamp sheet for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Cure or the Roundabout Diner!
Gingerbread House Raffle
Five wonderful houses are up for grabs in our annual raffle! Win one to take home! Tickets are $1 and are available at the front desk at the Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center!