The National Gingerbread House Competition™
THE 30th ANNUAL NATIONAL GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION™
Entries for the 30th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition™ are now being accepted!
Competition Key Dates:
• July 1, 2022: Official Rules and Entry Form released. Click Here To Enter
• November 14, 2022: REQUIRED Entry Form and OPTIONAL Entry Photo + Video Content due.
Competitors have the opportunity to submit OPTIONAL Digital Content of their entry for the judges to review prior to the Competition.
Your piece does not have to be final at this stage. Changes can be made up until Registration Day on November 20, 2022.
• November 20, 2022:
Competition Registration Day – all Gingerbread entries must be completed and brought to The Omni Grove Park Inn for in-person registration. See OFFICIAL RULES for entry registration times. REQUIRED Entry Description Summary forms
due at time of registration.
The resort continues to add sugar and spice to the upcoming Gingerbread season with its addition of six BRAND-NEW Specialty Awards. The judging panel will recognize six entries that best fit each accolade.
To top things off, the Competitors will choose a winner for the BRAND-NEW People’s Choice: Best In Show award! All registered Competitors will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite piece of the entire Competition and those votes will determine the winner. See Official Rules + Entry Form for more information.
The Competition will be held in-person at The Omni Grove Park Inn. The Competition’s esteemed panel of judges, including Chef Nicholas Lodge and Chef Carla Hall, will announce a winner on November 21st during the Awards Ceremony. All entries will be on display at The Omni Grove Park Inn throughout the holiday season.
The 30th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition™ will be held on November 21, 2022 with an awards ceremony following in the Grand Ballroom. Competition judging is closed to the public. The awards ceremony is reserved for contestants and their families only.
ENTER HERE: 2022 Competitor Entry Form
The Digital Gingerbread Toolkit
2022 Entry Description Summary Form
To see the top winners from the 20221 Competition, click here to visit our 12 Days of Gingerbread gallery
12 DAYS OF GINGERBREAD
For those who may not travel this season, the hotel will continue, “The 12 Days of Gingerbread” by presenting 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 2022 Gingerbread display begins on Monday, November 28, 2022 and will continue through Monday, January 2, 2023. Guests not staying at the Resort are invited to view the display after 6:00 p.m. on Sundays or anytime Monday through Thursday, based on parking availability and excluding holidays and the following dates: December 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and January 1. 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 $680,000 to not-for-profit partners in Western North Carolina. During the Fall & Holiday season, there is no complimentary parking on property. Starting Saturday, 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 $30 for overnight guests. Self-parking for day guests is $25 and $20 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
Asheville Peak Academy
Pisgah Legal Services
Asheville Humane Society
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina
Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Asheville
WNC Fire Frogs
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 30th Annual National Gingerbread Competition™ will be held in November. The official Gingerbread display begins on November 28th, 2022 and will continue through January 2nd, 2023.
The Omni Grove Park Inn invites guests not staying at the resort to view the display after 6:00 p.m. on Sundays or anytime Monday through Thursday, based on parking availability and excluding holidays and the following dates: December 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and January 1. 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.
Due to limited oversized vehicle parking space, groups visiting the hotel must make advanced reservations. Reservations are based on availability. Reservation requests will be accepted as of August 1, 2022. 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. Reservation requests will be accepted as of August 1, 2022.
Oversized Vehicle Parking - Gingerbread Display Viewing Only
Groups with reservations will be issued an Omni Grove Park Inn parking pass with date and time of arrival. Based on availability, limited complimentary parking may be available for your group, if you qualify as a school or church. If you group does not fall in this category, parking can be reserved in two-hour increments for a bus parking fee. Reservation requests will be accepted as of August 1, 2022.