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 27th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition™ will be held on Monday, November 18, 2019 with an Awards Ceremony in the Grand Ballroom. This Awards Ceremony is open to competitors and family members only. The winning creations will be on display Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - January 4, 2020. As a means to preserve the overall guest experience, The Omni Grove Park Inn invites guests that are not staying overnight 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; November 27, 28, December 23, 24, 25, 26 until 1:00 p.m., 29, 30, 31, and January 1, 2020. Fridays and Saturdays are reserved exclusively for guests staying overnight at the resort. Display access is subject to hotel capacity, including pedestrian traffic. Please note that only registered resort pets are permitted on property. No outside pets will be allowed. 

The official Rules and Entry Form will be available on July 25, 2019.

To see the top winners from the 2018 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 its inception in 2013, we have been honored to contribute over $430,000 to not-for-profit partners in Western North Carolina through our Holiday Parking Program. A minimum $25 parking charge will be in effect for all overnight and 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. 

2018 Holiday Parking Partners

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County

American Legion Baseball Post No. 70

Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County

Asheville City Schools Foundation

Homeward Bound

Horizons at CDS

Buncombe Partnership for Children

Camp Watia - Camper Scholarship Fund

PARKING PROCEDURE 

Due to limited oversized vehicle parking space, groups visiting the hotel must make advanced reservations with the Group Dining or Special Events departments to arrange special parking. 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. 

RESERVATION OPTIONS

Oversized Vehicle Parking - Group Dining Reservations (based on availability)

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. Reservation requests will start being accepted as of July 1, 2019.

Please submit the 2019 Holiday Season Oversized Vehicle Parking Request Form to the Group Dining department in order to start the reservation process. Confirmed dining reservations will require a credit card on file. A no-show fee will be applied to unfulfilled reservations.

View 2019 Holiday Season Oversized Vehicle Parking Request Form - Group Dining Reservations (PDF, 136 KB)

Contact Group Dining

Oversized Vehicle Parking - Gingerbread Display Viewing Only (based on availability)
Available only November 25, 26, December 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2019

Groups with reservations will be issued an OGPI 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 your group does not fall in this category, parking can be reserved in three hour increments for a bus parking fee. 

Please submit the 2019 Holiday Season Oversized Vehicle Parking Request Form to the Special Events Department in order to be placed on the request waiting list. Confirmations will begin in September. 

View 2019 Holiday Season Oversized Vehicle Parking Request Form - Gingerbread Display Viewing Only (PDF, 148 KB)

The 2019 competition display will be open to the public beginning on November 20, 2019 and continue through January 4, 2020. As a means to preserve the overall guest experience, The Omni Grove Park Inn invites guests that are not staying overnight 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; November 27, 28, December 23, 24, 25, 26 until 1:00 p.m., 29, 30, 31, and January 1, 2020. Fridays and Saturdays are reserved exclusively for guests staying overnight at the resort.

***Please note that only registered resort pets are permitted on property. No outside pets will be allowed.***

A minimum $25 parking charge will be in effect for all overnight and 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: $25
Day Valet Parking: $30

The 27th Annual National Gingerbread Competition™ will be held on November 18, 2019 with an Awards Ceremony in the Grand Ballroom. This Awards Ceremony is reserved exclusively for contestants and family members.

The official Rules & Entry Form for the 2019 competition will be available on July 25, 2019.

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