Whitaker Center
Central PA’s Nonprofit Center for the Arts

Gingerbread House Display and Contest

Gingerbread House Display and Contest

November 21, 2019 - January 7, 2020

Get in the holiday spirit with Whitaker Center’s 3rdAnnual Gingerbread House Display and Contest. Gingerbread houses will be on display throughout Whitaker Center’s lobby beginning Thursday, November 21stat Light Up The Night through Tuesday, January 7, 2020.


Houses can be constructed of any edible materials. See our registration form for more information on basic construction guidelines. To participate in the contest, register by Tuesday, November 19. Space is limited, so please register early!

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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.

Drop off Dates

Sunday, November 17, 12 - 4 p.m.

Monday, November 18, 2 – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, November 19, 12 – 4 p.m.

Drop off your houses at Whitaker Center’s Market Street entrance. Street parking is free on Sundays but may be limited. Whitaker Center staff or volunteers will help facilitate the drop off process.


Houses will be judged by selected judges from local organizations and sponsors. Judging will be on Wednesday, November 20 and winners will be announced at Light Up The Night on Thursday, November 21. You will be notified if you received an award and winners be posted on our website.

Award Categories

A first-place winner and runner-up will be awarded in each category:

  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 constructing the house)


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 orshowcase your talents.

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 21 through January 7, 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.

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





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