Gingerbread Extravaganza

December 8 – December 27, 2023

The Gingerbread Extravaganza Experience
The event includes the traditional gingerbread exhibit at Old St. Andrew’s Church, as well as a holiday gift shop, and a short tour of the Merrill House Museum. Back this year: Kids Day, Sunday, December 10 — Photo op with Santa Claus, facepainting artists, and more!

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

Parking entrance off Duval Street

Enter the Gingerbread display contest!

Join the fun and submit a display. Judges will vote for winners in Traditional, Fantasy, Historic, and Religious themes in several age categories. Yours could win Best in Show! The rules are simple: 1) The display must be 85% edible (by humans, animals or birds). 2) The display must be family-friendly.

Displays must be delivered no later than Friday, Dec. 1 by 4 p.m. Contact with questions. Click here to submit your builder form.

Volunteer Opportunities

Help with decorating, admissions, gift shop, Kids Day event. Be a museum tour docent. Click here to sign up. Flexible days/times available. Great opportunity for community service hours.


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, click here to become a Gingerbread Sponsor and enjoy sponsor benefits: tickets to the VIP Preview Party, tickets to Kids Day, and tickets to the exhibit any day.

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.

The mission of the Jacksonville Historical Society is to strengthen citizenship by engaging and educating Jacksonville’s people about their history, through preserving and sharing the evidence of the city’s past, and by advocating the value of historic preservation.