JHS presents the 2019 Gingerbread Extravaganza
December 4 – December 28, 2019
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
Sponsorships and Tickets
The Jacksonville Historical Society is proud to welcome over fifty talented builders to the 17th Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza! Builders, bakers, families, friends, students and organizations from all corners of the community will display their handmade edible creations in Old St. Andrews during December. Visitors to the Extravaganza will test their skills in the Scavenger Hunt, vote for the Peoples’ Choice Awards, explore the Gift Shop and enjoy tours of the Historic Merrill House.
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 and enjoy sponsor benefits.
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!
Donate Items to 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. Call the JHS Office to schedule bulk pick up. 904-665-0064
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.
Holiday Shop at the Gingerbread Extravaganza!
Give the gifts they will remember and enjoy.
Embrace your inner builder in 2020!
We have maxed our builder submissions for 2019! 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 in 2020! Space is limited. Sign up early.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call (904) 665 – 0064 or visit our direct webpage: gingerbreadjax.org.