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Gingerbread Extravaganza

December 1 – December 27, 2020

Tuesday – For Seniors/Health Cautious (no children):
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Last appointment slot begins at 3 p.m.)

Wednesday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Last appointment slot begins at 4 p.m.)

Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.
(Last appointment slot begins 4 p.m.)

Closed Mondays and on December 24-25

Location: Old St. Andrew’s Church – 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.

The Gingerbread Extravaganza Experience The Jacksonville Historical Society will host the 18th Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza in a manner which will ensure the health safety of its visitors (see floor plan below). The event will include the traditional exhibit at Old St. Andrew’s Church as well as a video on YouTube, plus an online silent auction, a quilt raffle, online contests to vote for your favorite display and tree, a holiday gift shop (with many items also available in our online bookstore) and a bake shop, including the ever-popular gingerbread cookies! Check back at the end of November or follow us on Facebook for the links to the silent auction and online contests. Below are photos of the quilts to be raffled. Tickets ($5 for queen-size quilt; $2 for gingerbread quilt) are available here.

Sample floor plan (subject to change) to ensure one-way traffic flow through the exhibit.

Gingerbread creations are due Nov. 16-20 — Sign up today!

Need help building a gingerbread creation? It’s not hard when you can learn from the master! In lieu of our traditional gingerbread workshop, award-winning master builder Sara Aicher has created a series of short videos to guide first-time builders through the process. Click here to view the workshop videos and here for additional tips and recipe.

Gingerbread builders are amateurs and professionals, ranging 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! 

Scenes from Gingerbread Extravaganza 2019


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. Thank you to the following major sponsors, to date, of the 18th Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza!

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.

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