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Gingerbread Extravaganza

December 4 – December 22, 2021

Old St. Andrew’s Church, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., across the street from VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena

Seniors/Health Cautious (no children): 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(Last appointment slot begins at 12 p.m.)
General Admission: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
(Last appointment slot begins at 3 p.m.)

Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Last appointment slot begins at 3 p.m.)

Sundays: Noon to 4 p.m.
(Last appointment slot begins 3 p.m.)

Closed Mondays and on December 19.

Walk-ins welcome for groups of 4 or less; large groups please purchase tickets and select appointment times. To guarantee time slot for groups of any size, we recommend pre-purchasing your tickets and signing up for your visit. After you obtain your ticket, check your email for a link to select and reserve your appointment time slot. The link will indicate coming from If you did not receive an email confirming your tickets, please contact us at

The Gingerbread Extravaganza Experience
The Jacksonville Historical Society is hosting the 19th Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza in a manner which ensures the health safety of its visitors (see floor plan below). Depending on the state of the pandemic, masks may be required; hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the venue, which is set for one-way traffic.

The event includes the traditional exhibit at Old St. Andrew’s Church as well as a holiday gift shop, bake shop, silent auction and an online contest to vote for your favorite display.

Sign up to enter a display! This year our categories include:
Traditional — classic gingerbread house or holiday display
Historic — a local landmark, structure or a moment in history
Religious — a historic church, nativity scene, angels, etc.
Fantasy — let your imagination soar!
Bicentennial — how will you celebrate Jacksonville’s 200th birthday in 2022?

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


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 19th 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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