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Gingerbread Extravaganza

Preparing for a beloved holiday tradition in a time of uncertainty

Dates and times are subject to change
December 3 – December 27, 2020
Thursday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m. Tickets will be available online to schedule time slots; additional days and times may be added as slots are filled

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

The Gingerbread Extravaganza Experience — The Jacksonville Historical Society is making plans to host the 18th Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza in a manner which will ensure the health safety of its visitors. Currently those plans include a public event at Old St. Andrew’s Church as well as a virtual event.

Sample floor plan for Gingerbread Extravaganza 2020 display (subject to change) to ensure safe one-way traffic flow through the exhibit.
Sample floor plan (subject to change) to ensure one-way traffic flow through the exhibit.

Enter today to become a builder

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.

The Jacksonville Historical Society gratefully acknowledges VyStar Credit Union as a Presenting Sponsor for the 2020 Gingerbread Extravaganza.

The Jacksonville Historical Society’s Gingerbread Extravaganza is also supported by a grant from the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund, another Presenting Sponsor.

Many thanks to the George M. Cohen Foundation for annually supporting the Gingerbread Extravaganza as Presenting 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.

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