Youth Group & Family Fun Division is meant for families or school groups with young competitors to have fun while working together on their edible designs.
1st: $250, 2nd: $100, 3rd: $50
Official Gingerbread Competition Division is meant for serious competitors who plan to bring their A-Game to win top dollars and recognition.
1st: $3000, 2nd: $1000, 3rd: $500
Do you want to compete, but not yet ready for the Official Competition? Join our amateur bracket and hone your skills.
Prizes to be determined for 2021.
Build-Local Division is meant for non-profits, businesses, hotels, restaurants, shops and other businesses to build and showcase festive houses in their business.
$1000 Prize to the winner's charity of choice! Champion decided by popular vote.
The Desoto Hotel and organizers cordially invite you to participate as competitors and welcome you to participate in a few other activities over the weekend.
Friday, December 10 from 10AM – 6PM
Saturday, November 21 from 9AM – 11AM
Friday, December 10, 7pm - Gingerbread Demonstration - This event will encourage competitors to arrive Friday evening and learn how our judges came to reach the pinnacle of Gingerbread Mastery. Tickets are for sale to the public with a portion reserved for a charity partner. We welcome guests to sip & savor the Desoto's holiday fare while gleaning insights from our valued judges.
Saturday, December 11th, 12pm - 3pm - Judging - This segment is closed to the public.
Saturday, December 11th, 5:30pm - Award Reception - Judges and competitors are welcomed to our Award Reception as we announce the winners. Media Present & Cash Bar Available.
Saturday, December 11th, 7pm - Royal Gingerbread Ball & Charity Auction - After the Awards Receptions we'll move right into the Royal Gingerbread Ball - a family friendly dress up event with live characters from all your favorite princess movies! Plus a charitable auction where we'll offer some amazing auction items and allow access to view the magnificent pieces. This event is open to the public and business who wish to become part of the Gingerbread Trail.
Sunday, December 12th, 11am - 12pm - Gingerbread Brunch - Gingerbread-themed Brunch inside The Desoto's 1540 Room with competition insights from Judges Judges will showcase some of their favorite techniques from this year and perhaps some ways to overcome challenges in an informal setting. Reservations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited to 60 seats.