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Gingerbread House Extravaganza

The 15th Annual Gingerbread House Extravaganza returns November 30th through December 23rd!

img_1842JHS is proud to present this beloved holiday tradition for three weeks each December.

Visitors enjoy gigantic, creative gingerbread houses built by chefs, bakers, architects, engineers, culinary school students, families, young people and other individuals. These tasty creations are placed on display at the Jacksonville Historical Society headquarters, historic Old St. Andrews, immediately across the street from the Veteran’s Memorial Arena.

The Gingerbread House Extravaganza showcases some of the most creative art exhibited during the year in Jacksonville. Gingerbread and confection creations from traditional houses to animals and fairy tale themes offer holiday magic. Hundreds of hours are required for the construction of these edible structures – amazing sights to behold! Children love to play the scavenger hunt and find items throughout the display.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please click on the link below to sign up for the many opportunities the Extravaganza offers. The 2017 Gingerbread Extravaganza was our most successful year to date because of our amazing volunteer corps – builders and event volunteers alike – and we want to continue that tradition! We need you!

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Joining the Extravaganza each year are Junior League of Jacksonville Sustainers, who create themed trees that are showcased throughout Old St. Andrews. Betsy Lovett’s towering and beautiful angel tree remains the Extravaganza’s centerpiece.

This charity event benefits the children’s programs and archives of the Jacksonville Historical Society.

The Jacksonville Historical Society’s Gingerbread House Extravaganza is supported by a grant from the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund, est. 2015.

If you or your company is interested in sponsoring this wonderful, community-building event this December, we invite you to Become a Gingerbread Sponsor.


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