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Gingerbread Extravaganza

JHS presents the 2019 Gingerbread Extravaganza

December 4 – December 28, 2019

General Times
December 4 – December 28, 2019
Wednesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

* Special Sunday Times *
12/15 and 12/22 11 a.m. -4 p.m.

Merrill House Museum
Tours on the half hour

Benefiting the educational programs and archival repository of the Jacksonville Historical Society

Embrace your inner builder!

Unleash your talents and creativity to build an 85% edible creation that will thrill thousands of visitors at the 2019 Gingerbread Extravaganza.

Our Gingerbread builders are amateurs and professionals. They range in age from 2 to 92. Some work individually, while others form teams from classrooms, clubs, families, co-workers and friends. We invite you to embark on this experience of a lifetime! Space is limited. Sign up early.

Holiday Parties at Old St. Andrews

Reservations are being accepted for evening holiday parties at Old St. Andrews. Impress your friends, clients or staff with an elegant party surrounded by the grandeur of the Gingerbread Extravaganza! Arrange your reservation with St. Andrews Event Coordinator Jade Stanley at this link.

#RefuseReuseRecycle in the Gift Shop!

#RefuseReuseRecycle by donating your unwanted holiday treasures to the Gingerbread Extravaganza Gift Shop! Your gently used holiday treasures will find new homes with Gift Shop shoppers while you support UN Sustainable Development Goals and the circular economy. Donations are accepted at the JHS Office at 314 Palmetto Street, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Light strands not accepted. Items must be in good condition to be accepted.


Delivery of Your Creation!

Creations will be accepted for delivery to Old St. Andrews Church:  Monday 11/25 Noon – 5 p.m., Tuesday 11/26  8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Wednesday 11/27  8 a.m. – Noon at  Old St. Andrews, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville FL, 32202.


Step Up To Sponsor the 2019 Gingerbread Extravaganza!

All proceeds from the Gingerbread Extravaganza benefit the educational programs and archival repository of the Jacksonville Historical Society. If you or your company is interested in sponsoring this wonderful, community-building event, we invite you to become a Gingerbread Sponsor.

Gingerbread Extravaganza benefits JHS

Through the collective energy of builders, sponsors, volunteers and staff, the Gingerbread Extravaganza provides vital funds for JHS to fulfill its mission to our community:

To educate and inspire the greater Jacksonville community to value its history by fostering an understanding of how the region’s past shapes our present.


Yes! We want you to volunteer at GBX ’19!

We need your time and talent at GBX ’19! Many shifts are available to work the Admissions Table, the Holiday Shop or lead tours of the Historic Merrill Museum House. Sign up here so you can share your talents at GBX ’19!


Holiday Shop at the Gingerbread Extravaganza!

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for all of your holiday needs, we’ve got you covered! Our holiday shop will be open for the duration of the Gingerbread Extravaganza and is located at the front of Old St. Andrew’s near the entrance. There’s something for the whole family, and be sure to pick up a few of our collectible tree ornaments devoted to scenes of Jacksonville!

2018 GBX Highlights!

At each Gingerbread Extravaganza, a team of highly unpaid judges accept the monumental challenge of choosing award winners in multiple Gingerbread House categories. Come see the winners in more than 20 categories, and look especially for the three “Best-in-Show” winners:

Second Runner-Up: House #5, “364 Days and Counting,” by Mary Ballard and Cora Ranford 

First Runner-Up: House #25, “Up, Up and Away,” by Libby Morgan Hall and Delany Teague 

Best in Show: House #21, “Magic Beach Motel,” by Jean Grimsley, Sophie Grimsley and Kate Begley.

Hearty congratulations to all the Extravaganza Builders!


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

For more information, email gingerbread@jaxhistory.org, call (904) 665 – 0064 or visit our direct webpage: gingerbreadjax.org.

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