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Gingerbread Decorating Contest

Organized by ChristmasVille
Deadline: Dec 03, 2020 5:00 pm
Nov 27, 2020 8:00 am - Dec 25, 2020 11:00 pm
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About this application

Do you love creating food and art? Then you should enter our ChristmasVille Gingerbread House Contest. Fly solo or get together with family or friends and try your hand at this fun holiday tradition. Grab your mixer, bake your house, decorate away, and share your creation with the community.




First: Research a theme. Locate your favorite gingerbread house recipe. Bake your gingerbread for your creation, assemble, and decorate. Take 4 photos. 


  • A picture of you or your family/friends in action. Decorating the creation, your messy countertop, having fun!
  • Front and back of your final creation.
  • You with your final creation.

Then: Describe your creation. What is your theme? Why did you choose it?  Perhaps it’s a family tradition or you just wanted some together fun. Tell us special things about your creation.


Finally: Upload your pictures below and dropoff your creation. Details below. If you want to upload to social media, tag us at #ChristmasVilleGB


Drop-off & Pick-Up: Your entry will be displayed at a Rock Hill business. Once you enter you will receive instructions on where and when to drop off your entry. Mark your calendars. Entries must be dropped off before 5pm on December 3. Entries will be on display until December 17th. If you wish to pick up your entry please do so on December 18th by 5pm. You must indicate such on your application otherwise your entry will be discarded on December 19th.



Non-edible items: (i.e. candy wrappers, Popsicle sticks, lights). The Gingerbread house must be constructed of completely edible ingredients (i.e. gingerbread, cookies, candies, crackers, chocolate, etc.) House must be on a self-supporting base or board no larger than 24” x 24.” The entire structure may be no taller than 2 feet at the highest point. Except for the base, the entry must be made completely of edible products and the structure must be primarily of gingerbread. Recipes for both basic gingerbread and royal icing are available on-line at Edible materials are not limited to sweets. No artificial display materials such as Styrofoam, interior lighting, or landscaping are to be used in the construction. All candies/materials must be unwrapped and free of any inedible materials.


Size, Subject, and Judging Criteria:

The gingerbread entry may not exceed 2 feet in height, including the board/material used for the base, and may not exceed 2 feet in width or depth. It is suggested you use 1/2” or 3/4” plywood for the bases. Creations may be submitted under one of the following categories: Youth (12 and under); Teen (13-19): Adults; Professional (earn a living in baking).


Houses are judged on the following criteria: overall appearance; originality; creative impression; and difficulty. All rulings by the judges are final and are in no way influenced by anyone associated with the City of Rock Hill. The public will be invited to vote for the People’s Choice Award by donating one dollar per vote for their favorite entry. Donations will benefit the Center for The Arts


Downtown gift cards will be awarded at each of the following levels:

  • Children (5-12 years)
    • 1st Place: $75
    • 2nd Place: $50
    • 3rd Place: $25
  • Teen (13-19 years)
    • 1st Place: $75
    • 2nd Place: $50
    • 3rd Place: $25
  • Adult (20 years+)
    • 1st Place: $75
    • 2nd Place: $50
    • 3rd Place: $25
  • Professional-1 winner $100


All contestants and their guests must honor the mask requirement during the drop-off and pick up at each designated location.  The public will have the opportunity to visit each location and vote utilizing a QR code.

Winners will be announced on 12/22/20

What is the cost
Gingerbread Contest $10.00
About the event
“Hey guys! ChristmasVille here. Santa and his Gnomes have been working extra hard this year to make sure that ChristmasVille is not canceled. Yes... ChristmasVille is NOT canceled! ChristmasVille will actually be Nov. 27 – Dec. 25. This allows our guests to enjoy the festival in a safe environment. We are not able to encourage large groups of people at one time, so we are spreading the cheer throughout the month of December. Old Town Rock Hill will come alive as a charming, picturesque holiday village with larger than life decorations and mesmerizing light displays. Instead of fighting for parking and waiting in long lines, our guests will be able to stroll the dreamy streets and alleyways, listen to street entertainment, shop and eat on their own schedule. We will have ticketed Christmas events throughout the month, guest appearances and contests galore. To continue the traditions of ChristmasVille we are not able to have in person, we have added new digital experiences including our new app, awesome online contests for everyone, 3D tours and unique shopping trips. Not to mention, live chats with Santa himself and story time with all our characters. Help us spread ChristmasVille cheer on this 15th year!“