Gingerbread Extravaganza!

The Jacksonville Historical Society is proud to present a beloved holiday tradition that is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit! The annual Gingerbread Extravaganza returns to historic Old St. Andrews Church on Wednesday, November 30th with over 30 amazing gingerbread houses and whimsical creations by local chefs, bakers, architects, engineers, culinary school students and everyday citizens.

The Gingerbread Extravaganza, in its ninth year, showcases some of the most creative art exhibited during the year in Jacksonville. Gingerbread and confection creations from traditional houses to animals and fairy tale themes offer holiday magic. Hundreds of hours are required for the construction of these edible structures–amazing sights to behold! The tasty village will be on display through December 22nd, and will be open to the public daily (excepting Sundays) from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. A small entry donation is suggested; the proceeds from this charity event will benefit the children’s programs of the Jacksonville Historical Society.

Children will love to play the scavenger hunt and find items throughout the display. Visitors may vote for the People’s Choice award, and can even become “home owners” by bidding on their favorite gingerbread creation in the silent auction. Next door to Old St. Andrews, tour the Historical Society’s Victorian Merrill House Museum and enjoy a walk through life as lived in Jacksonville one hundred years ago.  This award-winning museum is “dressed” for the holidays and ready to showcase the city’s turn-of-the-century history.

When & Where:

November 30 though December 22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., excepting Sundays, at the Jacksonville Historical Society’s headquarters, Old St. Andrews Church, which is located at 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., across from the Veteran’s Memorial Arena. [MAP] Free parking behind Old St. Andrews.
Suggested Donations:

  • $5 adults (17 years and older)
  • $3 for children ages 3-16
  • Free for children 2 and under
Interested in becoming a Sponsor? The success of the Gingerbread Extravaganza is dependent on sponsorships. We hope you’ll consider joining other prominent corporate citizens and individuals in underwriting this special holiday event. More information can be found here.


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