14th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off

Team registration is now open!
The deadline to register is Friday, November 10.
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December 9, 2023
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Levy Park
3801 Eastside St
Houston, TX 77098

Brought to you by the Gingerbread Build-Off

Architecture Center Houston will host the 14th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off at Levy Park on Saturday, December 9, 2023.Competing teams will create 100% edible, architectural masterpieces using gingerbread, candy, and all sorts of other sweet treats (of which leftovers will be composted)! More than 4,000 spectators are expected to attend and cheer on the teams, play in the kids' construction zone, and see Santa! All of that entertainment is free and open to the public!

Who can participate?
Team registration is open to local architects, designers, engineers, high school and college students, and holiday enthusiasts of all kinds, seeking fame and fortune with their sugary structures.

Competition Categories
Home Sweet Home Run: Celebrating 120 years of American Baseball's World Series! Exciting plays, baseball stadiums, team mascots, and angels in the outfield in this theme category. Score big by crafting an edible baseball stadium in our 'Home Sweet Home Run' subcategory, where gingerbread becomes the field of dreams.

Teams may also compete in one of the other categories: Architectural Icons, Tallest Standing Structure, Best Holiday Themed, Best Non-Holiday themed, and Best Houston-centric.

Team registration for the 2023 event is open to local architecture firms, design professionals, students, and enthusiasts seeking the coveted Grand Prix de Show for their edible structure.

9:00am–10:00am  Gingerbread Team Check-in
10:00am–3:00pm  Gingerbread Team Competition Building
10:00am–3:00pm  Kids' Construction Zone and Scavenger Hunt
10:00am-3:00pm   Photo Booth with Santa
4:00pm–5:00pm    Gingerbread Team Award Winners Annoucned

Team registrations and additional materials must be completed by Friday, November 10, 5pm.
Register your team here
Additional materials and tents can be order here.
Team registration and competition rules can be found here.

Event sponsorship supports Architecture Center Houston's educational and public programs that include exhibition, lectures, walking tours and k-12 educational programs. For more information contact Aleks Savitski at aleks@aiahouston.org. Sponsorship logo's will no longer appear on printed material.

Volunteer to help with the Gingerbread Build-Off! ArCH needs help with the Kids Construction Zone, as well as setup/teardown of the event. Email jennifer@aiahouston.org. Educational and civic groups welcome!