The National Gingerbread House Competition™
Gingerbread Hotline: (800) 413-5778
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.
Holiday Parking Partners
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County - http://www.unitedwayabc.org/
Together with donors, volunteers, and partners, we are building a caring community where each person has the opportunity to achieve the aspirations we all share: a good education for our kids, a roof over our heads, food on the table and the security that comes with financial stability. Our primary goal is to reduce the impact of poverty in Asheville and Buncombe County. We bring partners from the business, government and nonprofit sectors together to do what no single organization can do alone: create solutions that transform individual lives and drive systemic change that impacts entire communities.
American Legion Baseball Post #70 - http://www.americanlegionnc70.org/#!about-legion-baseball/c15ex
The American Legion is the largest organization in the United States for wartime veterans. Since its inception by an act of Congress in 1919, the Legion has worked hard to improve the lives of veterans, their families and communities. There are four pillars on which the organization is based: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. Asheville’s Francy-Burdett Post #70 sponsors a youth development program through its association with the NC American Legion Baseball organization. The program develops lifelong skills for participants as it fosters healthy competition, teamwork and wholesome character.
Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County - http://www.mowabc.org/
The mission of Meals on Wheels of Asheville-Buncombe County is to provide hot, nutritious meals to the elderly homebound, thus allowing them to live in their own homes, among familiar surroundings and maintain their dignity while aging. MOW-ABC operates Monday thru Friday with an 11-member staff and a network of over 300 volunteers. Meal delivery is available to Buncombe County seniors.
Asheville City Schools Foundation - http://acsf.org/
The Asheville City Schools Foundation is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to educational success for all city schools students. ACSF believes that public education is a vital part of a successful democracy and a key element in breaking the cycle of poverty. ACSF is committed to supporting excellence and innovation in teaching and ensuring the success of every student.
Homeward Bound - http://www.homewardboundwnc.org/
Homeward Bound’s mission is working with others to end the cycle of homelessness. Through demonstrated commitment to collaborating with other community agencies and partners, Homeward Bound makes a sustainable impact on homelessness in Asheville every day. Since 2006, Homeward Bound has moved 800 people into homes of their own and 89% of them remained housed today.
Horizons at CDS- https://www.horizonsnational.org/about/
Horizons is a transformational, community-centered program proven to close the opportunity and achievement gaps for low-income children. A national network of locally vested programs, Horizons offers a high-quality learning experience outside of the traditional school year that supports academic achievement and healthy youth development.
Buncombe Partnership for Children - http://buncombepfc.org/
Buncombe Partnership for Children’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of educators, families, and the community to build a strong foundation for children’s learning and development beginning at birth. We value lifelong learning and believe that each child’s first 2,000 days are crucial to success in life.
Camp Watia - Camper Scholarship Fund– https://www.ymcacampwatia.org/
Camp Watia, a weeklong resident camp, opened in the summer of 2016, most of our local children could not afford the opportunity to immerse themselves in the great outdoors. A recent market study showed that most camps in the region require multiple weeks for registration, at fees well above what most local families can afford, and these camps were comprised of more than 95% of children from 500 miles away or further. Camp Watia was created in order to provide the leadership, bonding, and independence gained at a sleep away camp at an economical rate. Each week children take part in life altering experiences that will help develop them into tomorrow’s community leaders. Even at a reduced registration rate, more than a third of the 900 children attending this summer will be gifted this experience through scholarships.
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.
Bus Parking with 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. Three hours will be allotted for complimentary parking to dine and view the gingerbread house display.
Contact Group Dining
Bus Parking Without Dining Reservations (based on availability)
As of August 31, 2018, we have reached capacity for bus and oversized vehicle parking without confirmed dining reservations for the remainder of the 2018 Gingerbread season.
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.
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.
View 2018 Competitor Entry Form (PDF, 711 KB)