Wood Memorial Library & Museum’s
7th Annual Gingerbread House Festival!
A Storybook Holiday
Free and Open to the Public
Celebrate a storybook holiday this year and experience one of the largest gingerbread house festivals in New England. The show opens the Friday after Thanksgiving and will run from November 24th through December 10th, 2017. Stroll past fairy tale houses and fantasy trains all covered with bright, colorful candy. Gaze upon replicas of historical buildings alongside edible villages, all created by regional artisans and bakers, students and community members, expert and beginner alike.
Musical performances, local author and story time events, even visits from Santa, Mrs. Claus and beloved storybook characters will be scattered throughout the festival providing patrons with an uplifting and creative break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
Some of the local adult, young adult and children’s authors who will be showcased at the festival are Donna Marie Merritt with her children’s book Hush that Hullabaloo!, as well as three books of poetry for adults; Lori Sanchez with her book, Queenie Rules the Farm; Ceil Donahue and Jessica Bottomley, authors of Images of America: East Windsor and Claire Lobdell, author of Images of America: South Windsor.
Finally, don’t forget to stop by “Ye Olde Gingerbread Shoppe” for the opportunity to take home a bit of the magic with many holiday themed gifts and treats. Perhaps a book by a local author, some baked goods, an artistic creation or one of the seasonal crafts that will make the perfect holiday gift. The Wood located on historic Old Main Street, provides the perfect holiday venue for showcasing the sugary artistic creations among sparkling lights & shimmering decor.
This festival is a major fundraiser for The Wood and supports our educational programs, archives and exhibitions. Be sure to mark your calendars to start the holidays off right with a classic seasonal event that is fun for both the young and the young at heart! Extended festival hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am – 8 pm and Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays 10 am – 5 pm. Please note The Wood is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This festival is open to the public and Admission is FREE.
For a listing of specific musical guests, story hours, author events and other events during the festival, please click here and scroll through each day of the festival!
The 2016 festival was made possible by generous contributions from the following sponsors:
A special thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who make this festival possible as well as this year’s Festival Coordinator, Kathy Kerrigan and Festival Founder, Bonnie Grover.