27th Annual Gingerbread House Contest Call for Entries

2016 Adult Winner, Gingerbread Contest

Entries must be registered no later than Saturday, November 18, 2017.

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

Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth Kickoff
Friday, December 1, 2017, 5-8pm

The exhibition will open Friday, Dec. 1, from 5-8 pm, and run through December 23, from 9:30-5 pm daily.


Some of our most beautiful entries are not taken home after the show. We’ll be asking entrants if they’d like to donate their house for a raffle. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Portsmouth Historical Society.

Contest Rules     Register Now!

The 27th 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 and can be seen every day through December 23 from 9:30am – 5pm with extended hours on Friday December 1 and Saturday December 2 until 8pm.

We’ll announce our jurors’ selections at the December 1 Kickoff Party; the public can continue to vote throughout the month.

On Monday, December 18 the People’s Choice Award will be announced at noon via FaceBook Live.

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!”

Thank you to our event sponsors

Devine Millimet
Kennebunk Savings