The 4th Annual Gingerbread Village Festival

What is the Gingerbread Village Festival?


The Gingerbread Village Festival is a gingerbread house building competition to raise awareness about homelessness during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. 

It is also a fundraiser to help provide opportunities for those experiencing homelessness in our community. There is no cost to attend, but you can buy votes for your favorite house(s). 

We also hold a raffle at this event. This year, we are giving away a wooden play structure that looks like an antique truck.

Check it out in person at the Westminster Farmer’s Market on Rt 27 or look for it in the Fall Fest Parade on September 27th!

Sponsor the Festival – CLICK HERE for Sponsorship Opportunities!

Where is the festival held?

The festival is held at the Winchester Exchange Building at 15 E. Main Street in Westminster (across from Westminster Library). 

When is the festival is open?

The festival is open November 16th – 24th from 8AM – 8PM 
The festival is CLOSED on Sunday, November 18th and Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd. 





Contest Rules

All Builder Applications must be received by November 9th at 5:00PM (keep scrolling to register online or download the application)
All entries must be made of gingerbread, no graham cracker houses will be accepted.
All visible components must be edible. Non-edible support structure may be used on the interior of your design.
We will display your name/group name and title of your entry with your house. No additional printed materials allowed.
Voting will close at 8:00PM on Saturday, November 24th. 

Contest Prizes

#1 People’s Choice Award – $100
#2 Judge’s Favorite – $75
#3 Most Creative – $50
#4 Best Holiday Spirit – $25
#5 People’s Choice Group Entry (Under 18) – $25
#6 People’s Choice Group Entry (Over 18) – $25

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 27th on our Facebook Page

Delivery & Pick-Up Information

Delivery – Thursday, November 15th 10:00AM-3:00PM

Please deliver to the Winchester Exchange Building at 15 E. Main Street, Westminster, MD 21157
Parking is available at the rear entrance (look for the door beside TING)

Pick-Up – Monday, November 26th 8:00AM-NOON (any houses not picked up will be discarded)

How do I enter?

All entries due November 9th at 5:00 PM

Offline – Download our Builder Application form HERE and mail in with a check or money order for the $10.00 entry fee to the address on the form. 

Online – Register and pay online using the form below

Gingerbread Builder's Application