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Gingerbread House Contest & Display

November 11 @ 12:00 am - December 14 @ 12:00 am


Everyone is invited to enter New Bern’s Gingerbread House Contest! This year’s theme: “Historic New Bern Christmas.”

All houses will be displayed in downtown merchants’ windows during the holiday season. Cash prizes and gift cards will be awarded! The first 50 entrants will also receive a hand-crafted pottery ornament.

Review the contest details and submit your completed entry form and fee by November 11 to the New Bern Historical Society, 511 Broad Street. New Bern NC, 28560 or by email to adminoffice@newbernhistorical.org.

How to enter:
Download and print contest entry form below ~ or ~ you can pick up a form at the Historical Society office at 511 Broad Street. Submit your entry form and fee to the Historical Society by November 11. Entry forms and fees (cash or check) may be mailed/dropped off at the Historical Society ~or~ you can email your entry form and pay online on Historical Society website. See contest rules below for additional details.

You may enter as an individual or as a group. See rules for details.
♦ Youth up to age 14
♦ Adults age 15 and up
♦ Family – a combination of youth and adults
♦ Business/Professionals – bakers, chefs, caterers, engineers, artists or super-experienced builders

House Rules:
♦ Houses that are late or do not comply with rules cannot be considered for prizes. Click on link below for printable list of house rules.

Important Dates:
♦ Gingerbread House class at Craven Community College October 7 at 10 am or October 16 at 6:30 pm.
♦ Entry forms due to Historical Society November 11.
♦ All houses must be delivered to your assigned display location on Friday or Saturday November 22-23.
♦ Judging takes place November 26.
♦ Winners announced December 14.
♦ Pick up your house no later than 4pm December 21.

Judging and Prizes:
♦ First 50 entries will receive a special hand-crafted pottery gingerbread ornament made by wonderful local artists!
♦ Prizes range from gift basket to $200 cash! See rules for prize levels.


November 11 @ 12:00 am
December 14 @ 12:00 am


New Bern Historical Society