November 26, 2017-January 4, 2018
For a sweet treat, see the amazing creations at the 24th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition at The Omni Grove Park Inn. Except for the base, the entries are constructed entirely of edible materials. While judging will take place on November 20, the display of the winners begins November 22 for overnight guests of the hotel and diners at their several restaurants. General public viewing starts November 26. Photo above: 2016 Grand prize winner Beatriz Müller from Ontario, Canada.
While guests with hotel, spa or restaurant reservations may view the display at any time (including Thanksgiving weekend), others are invited to see the winners on Sundays after 3 PM and Monday-Thursday anytime (except Dec 24, 25, 26, 31 and Jan 1) when parking is available. While there is no admission charge to view the gingerbread creations, there is a $20 per car parking fee. Half of this fee goes to local non-profits and the other half covers the extra expenses to accommodate the big crowds. No pets allowed.