JHS’s beloved Gingerbread House Extravaganza returns to Old St. Andrews for its 15th year. Open now through December 23rd, the Extravaganza showcases an incredible array of gingerbread and confection creations, from traditional houses to animals. fairy tale themes, and even local landmarks. Southern Living magazine has called the show one of the “South’s best holiday experiences.”
Visitors enjoy gigantic, creative gingerbread structures built by chefs, bakers, architects, engineers, culinary school students, families, young people and other individuals. Hundreds of hours are required for the construction of these edible structures – amazing sights to behold! These tasty creations are placed on display at the stunning and historic Old St. Andrews, immediately across the street from the Veteran’s Memorial Arena. Children also love to play the scavenger hunt and find items throughout the display.
The Extravaganza is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. As it is the Jacksonville Historical Society’s only annual fundraiser, we ask for a suggested donation of $5 per adult and $3 per child; children under 3 years old are free. Visitors also will be able to tour the Society’s beautiful Merrill House Museum, located adjacent to Old St. Andrews, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each day of Extravaganza is open. The Merrill residence is the largest and most architecturally interesting of the nineteenth-century houses remaining in East Jacksonville, and operates as a house museum celebrating the American Victorian period in Jacksonville.
Finally, if you can’t get to the Extravaganza during regular hours, we invite you to a special “Gingerbread By Candlelight” on December 15th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The evening includes hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, and the suggested donation is $15 per person. We hope to see you there!