The Omni Grove Park Inn
290 Macon Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina 28804

The National Gingerbread House Competition™

Gingerbread Hotline: (800) 413-5778

The National Gingerbread House Competition™

The 26th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition™ will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018. The winning creations will be on display Sunday, November 25, 2018 - January 4, 2019. As a means to preserve the overall guest experience, 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 (December 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31 and January 1, 2019). Please note that only Registered Resort Pets will be permitted. No outside pets will be allowed.

To see the top winners from the 2017 competition please click here.

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 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. 

Holiday Parking Program

Since inception in 2013, we have been honored to contribute over $340,000 to not-for-profit partners in Western North Carolina through our Holiday Parking Program. A minimum $20 parking charge will be in effect for all drive-on guests (one charge per standard sized vehicle, based on availability). Half of each parking charge collected this holiday season will be returned to the community in support of various local not-for-profits. 

PARKING PROCEDURE 

Groups visiting the hotel must make advanced reservations with the Group Dining or Special Events departments to arrange parking for oversized vehicles. This applies to buses, vans or any non-standard size vehicle that does not properly fit in a traditional parking space. Oversized vehicles that arrive without prior arrangements will be asked to return at an alternate time, 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. 

OPTIONS

Bus Parking with 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. Three hours will be allotted for complimentary parking to dine and view the gingerbread house display. Reservations are made based on availability.

Contact Group Dining

Bus Parking Without Dining Reservations

Available Monday through Thursday, November 26 - December 13, 2018

Groups with reservations will be issued an OGPI parking pass with date and time of arrival. Bus parking for groups without dining reservations is available Monday through Thursday. Limited complimentary parking may be available for your group, if you qualify as a school or church, and is based on availability. If your group does not fall in this category, parking can be reserved in three hour increments for $500 per vehicle. Reservations are made based on availability.

Contact Special Events

This year's competition display will be open to the public beginning on November 25, 2018 and continue through January 4, 2019. As a means to preserve the overall guest experience, 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 (December 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31 and January 1, 2019). Please note that only Registered Resort Pets will be permitted. No outside pets are allowed. 

A minimum $20 parking charge will be in effect for all drive-on guests (one charge per standard size vehicle, based on availability). Half of each parking charge collected this holiday season will be returned to the community in support of various local not-for-profits.

Self-Parking: $20
Day Valet Parking: $25

The 26th Annual National Gingerbread Competition™ will be held on November 19, 2018 with an awards ceremony following in the Grand Ballroom. The awards ceremony is open to contestants and family members only.

2018 COMPETITOR ENTRY FORM WILL BE AVAILABLE ON JULY 25, 2018

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