Hagley's Gingerbread House Competition 2018

Registration for Hagley's 2018 Gingerbread House Contest is currently full.

The good news is that you have 364 days to prepare for next year's contest! 

Decorate your gingerbread house and drop it off at Hagley for display and your chance to win prizes! The more creative and fun, the better!

Entries should be dropped off at the Hagley Visitor Center (200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807), by Sunday, November 18, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Registration deadline is November 16, 2018. Please contact Alisha Fox, afox@hagley.org, if you need to make special arrangements for your drop-off.

The structures will be on display from November 23 and throughout December. Contest prize winners will be declared on December 8, 2018. Winners do not need to be present at the announcement.

Gingerbread House Contest Rules

  • Participants need to register using the button above before dropping off their house to be considered for judging and prizes.
  • Please include contact information for a "team captain" for group entries. If entering as a classroom submission, the class teacher should be listed as the contact.
  • Design must be appropriate for viewing by families with young children.
  • Entries must be submitted on a sturdy support base (like plywood, etc.) and should not exceed 18” x 18”. Complimentary bases available for pick-up at the Hagley Visitor Center!


Judging will be done by public, popular vote:

  • First place: $100 Amazon gift card and a one-year Hagley Museum membership

  • Second place: $50 Amazon gift card and a one-year Hagley Museum membership

  • Third place: $25 Amazon gift card and a one-year Hagley Museum membership

*Check out this playlist of YouTube videos featuring Chef Roy of Hagley’s Belin House Organic Café that offer guidelines and helpful tips to get you ready to bake or this gingerbread recipe for "construction gingerbread."