The National Gingerbread House Competition™
THE ANNUAL NATIONAL GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION™
The 30th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition will be held in November 2022. Gingerbread enthusiasts are encouraged to begin dreaming up dazzling designed for the confectionary creations for a chance to win BIG at the 30th Anniversary Competition. Please check back; competition and display details to be announced in Summer 2022.
Please check back; competition and display details to be announced in Summer 2022.
12 DAYS OF GINGERBREAD
For those who may not travel this season, the hotel will continue, “The 12 Days of Gingerbread” by releasing one of the Top 12 finalists, per day, on the hotel’s Facebook (@omnigroveparkinn) and Instagram (@omnigrovepark) channels from December 1 - 12, 2021 to spark Ginger-love for all during the happiest season of the year! This provides an in-person and virtual way for all to enjoy.
VIEWING THE DISPLAY
The official 2021 Gingerbread display begins on Sunday, November 28, 2021 and will continue through Sunday, January 2, 2022. Guests not staying at the Resort are invited to view the display after 3:00 p.m. on Sundays or anytime Monday through Thursday, based on parking availability and excluding holidays and the following dates: December 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 and January 1. Public viewing on December 26 and January 2 will reopen after 3:00 p.m. All Fridays and Saturdays are reserved for registered resort guests and those that have confirmed dining reservations. Display access is subject to hotel capacity, including pedestrian traffic. Please note that only Registered Resort Pets will be permitted. No outside pets will be allowed.
HOLIDAY PARKING PROGRAM
Since the inception of the Holiday Parking Partner program in 2013, we have been honored to contribute over $575,000 to not-for-profit partners in Western North Carolina. During the Fall & Holiday season, there is no complimentary parking on property. Starting October 1st, guests can drive up to the main entrance at The Omni Grove Park Inn and be assisted by a valet for $35 for day guests and $25 for overnight guests. Self-parking for day guests is $25 and $18 for overnight guests. A portion of the parking proceeds is donated to the community in support of local not-for-profit organizations.
2021 HOLIDAY PARKING PARTNERS
American Legion Baseball Post 70
Asheville City Schools Foundation
Asheville Museum of Science
Children First/Communities in Schools
Horizons at CDS
Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County
YMCA of WNC Camp Watia Scholarships
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
It all began with a small group of gingerbread houses built by community members in 1992 as another way to celebrate the holiday season with no plans to continue the following year. There was no possible way to know that more than two decades later The Omni Grove Park Inn National Gingerbread House Competition™ would be one of the nation's most celebrated and competitive holiday events.
As the event grew, so did the caliber of judges and competitors. Our panel of judges represents nationally renowned food, arts, and media professionals and the level of competition has attracted the highest quality of design, artistry and pastry expertise. The competition has merited broadcast coverage by NBC’s TODAY Show, ABC's Good Morning America, the Travel Channel, and the Food Network.
The Gingerbread Display has grown in more than just entries; it has become a true family holiday tradition. From the very young to the very young at heart, the reaction to this magical experience is the same - one of wonder, awe and delight.
The 29th Annual National Gingerbread Competition™ will be held in November. The official Gingerbread display begins on November 28th, 2021 and will continue through January 2nd, 2022.
The Omni Grove Park Inn invites guests not staying at the resort to view the display after 3:00 p.m. on Sundays or anytime Monday through Thursday, based on parking availability and excluding holidays and the following dates: December 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 and January 1. Public viewing on December 26 and January 2 will reopen after 3:00 p.m. Please note that only Registered Resort Pets will be permitted. No outside pets will be allowed.
Due to limited oversized vehicle parking space, groups visiting the hotel must make advanced reservations via the respective forms linked below. This applies to buses, vans or any non-standard size vehicles that do not properly fit in a traditional parking space. Oversized vehicles that arrive without prior arrangements will be asked to return once proper arrangements have been made.
For liability purposes, vehicles will not be permitted to drop guests off and park outside of the resort. A parking space must be reserved, and the vehicle must remain on property for the duration of the visit.
Oversized Vehicle Parking - Group Dining Reservations
Groups visiting the hotel with a confirmed dining reservation will be issued an Omni Grove Park Inn parking pass with date and time of arrival. Reservations are based on availability.
Complete the 2021 Holiday Season Oversized Vehicle Parking Request Form for Group Dining Reservations linked below. Submission of this form will initiate the reservation process but does not guarantee a reservation. Only an Omni Grove Park Inn issued parking pass serves as confirmation of your reservation.
Group dining reservations are available Monday-Thursday only. Fridays-Sundays are reserved exclusively for guests staying overnight at the resort.
2021 Oversized Vehicle Parking Request Form - Group Dining Reservations
Oversized Vehicle Parking - Gingerbread Display Viewing Only
The hotel has reached capacity for bus and oversized vehicle parking without confirmed dining reservations for the remainder of the Gingerbread season.
The 30th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition™ will be held in November 2022. Please check back; competition and display details to be announced.
Official 2022 Rules and Entry Form will be available July 2022.