The National Gingerbread House Competition™
The 28TH Annual National Gingerbread House Competition Announces Modern And Safe Approach For 2020
The Omni Grove Park Inn is revolutionizing the National Gingerbread House Competition – the largest in the world! – for the 2020 holiday season to ensure that the competition’s legacy built on design, innovation and tradition continues safely for future generations.
The competition will continue virtually without a public display of Gingerbread Houses at the historic hotel due to restrictions surrounding COVID-19. Considering this, the hotel is generating unique, engaging experiences in place of a physical display, including socially distanced alternatives for hotel guests and fans at home to view the Gingerbread finalists, to be announced in the coming weeks.
A renowned group of food, arts and media professionals – including Food Network star Carla Hall – will formally judge the Gingerbread designs both virtually and in-person.
Additionally, in lieu of an in-person August Gingerbread Workshop, the hotel will release a Digital Gingerbread Tool Kit including tips and tricks on how to digitally showcase their creations as well as the rules for entry in the new competition format.
The Official 2020 Rules and Digital Entry Form
To see the top winners from the 2019 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 $535,000 to not-for-profit partners in Western North Carolina through our Holiday Parking Program. In 2020, this program will be shifted in light of operational changes due to COVID-19 restrictions. Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks.
2019 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
Drive On Traffic
To ensure social distancing measures remain intact, enjoying the hotel grounds this holiday season will be available for overnight guests and for guests with dining reservations. Those who drive-on property without reservations will have limited-to-no access depending on occupancy levels to ensure a safe and social distance is maintained in accordance with CDC guidelines and state government regulations.
Bus And Oversized Vehicle Parking
The Omni Grove Park Inn strictly follows CDC guidelines, and NC state reopening requirements, to provide a safe environment for our guests and associates. Due to the restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we will not be issuing parking passes for groups utilizing oversized vehicles without overnight or dining reservations to tour the property this season.