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Whitaker Center
Central PA’s Nonprofit Center for the Arts

2019 Gingerbread House Display and Contest

November 21 - December 30, 2019

CALL FOR ENTRIES for Whitaker Center’s 3rd Annual Gingerbread House
Display & Contest. Gingerbread houses will be on display throughout Whitaker Center
lobby beginning Thursday, November 21st at Whitaker Center’s Light Up the Night event
through Tuesday, January 7th, 2020. Space is limited, so please register early.

Houses can be constructed of any edible materials. Please see the following pages for
basic construction guidelines, drop off dates and registration information. To participate
in the contest, simply register online no later than Tuesday, November 19th. Then the fun begins!

The Gingerbread House Display is free to view and open to the public for all to enjoy.
Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to make memories with your family or
showcase your talents. Donations collected from contest entries and during the exhibit
will help benefit Whitaker Center, a nonprofit dedicated to serving the Central
Pennsylvania community through education, entertainment and the arts.

Join in the fun and be part of our annual community event this holiday season.
We look forward to seeing your creativity on display!

Register online at
Registration and house drop off deadline: Tuesday, November 19th, 2019.

 Click Here to see House Guidelines and Registration Form

Sunday, November 17, 2018 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, November 18, 2018 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 19, 2018 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Note regarding drop off: Street parking is free on Sundays but may be limited. Whitaker Center staff or
volunteers will be on-hand to help facilitate the drop off process at our Market Street entrance.

We request a $10 donation from each entry in the gingerbread house contest. The donation will
be collected during your registration and will offset the costs of display materials and staff time.
Your donation directly benefits Whitaker Center’s nonprofit mission to bring cultural enrichment
to downtown Harrisburg.

Judges for the contest will be selected from various local organizations and sponsors throughout
our community. Judging of the houses will be held the evening of Wednesday, November 20th.
Winners will be announced at Whitaker Center’s Light Up the Night event Thursday, November
21st, 2019. You will be notified once the judging is complete if you receive an award and winners
will be posted on our website. Below is a list of the judging guidelines. Please remember that
judging is subjective.

There are four categories in which to enter:
1. Preschool (Age 5 and under)
2. Elementary (Grades 1-6)
3. Youth (Grades 6-12)
4. Adult (Age 18+)
5. Family (Enter as a family if various ages will be working on the house.)
A first place winner and runner-up will be awarded in each category.

Please note that most houses will be seen mainly from front and side viewing, depending on
placement. While the gingerbread houses will be on display from November 21st through
January 7th, some houses may be removed early due to deterioration. Be sure to use the
Royal Icing recipe provided to help improve the longevity of your entry. Every effort will be
made to accommodate requests to group houses together, but this is not guaranteed in order
to ensure the overall visual integrity and appeal of the display.

Take a peek at the 2018 Gingerbread House Display & Contest!




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