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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

Suggested Donation: Under 3 Years Old – FREE Youth ages 4 – 18 $5 Adults $10 Tickets available at the door

Vystar Sundays: Vystar Credit Union Members receive free admissions on Sundays, December 15 and 22 when you present your Vystar CU card. Thank you to Vystar Credit Union for their support of the 17th Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza and the Jacksonville Historical Society!

Location: Old St. Andrews – 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. – next to the Jacksonville Baseball Grounds

The Gingerbread Extravaganza Experience 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.

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

Holiday Shop at the Gingerbread Extravaganza!

Give the gifts they will remember and enjoy.

Shipping and pre-orders available

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

Volunteer at the Gingerbread Extravaganza!

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 the Gingerbread Extravaganza!

Sponsorships and Tickets

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.

Looking forward to 2020!

How to become a Builder in 2020 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. Builder Workshop will be held in September 2020. More information is available at these links.

Holiday Parties at Old St. Andrews

Throughout the year and during the Gingerbread Extravaganza, Old St. Andrews can be leased for parties, events and meetings. During the annual Gingerbread Extravaganza, you can impress your friends, clients or staff with an elegant party surrounded by the grandeur of the show! Information and reservations are available through Event Coordinator Jade Stanley at this link.

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.

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