Create a gingerbread house and enter it in contest at Hayes Presidential

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums invites you to participate in our annual Gingerbread House Competition as a part of its new event, A Presidential Christmas: Tree Lighting. Sleigh Rides and “Hayes Train Special,” on Thursday, Dec. 10.

This event is one of many experiences Hayes Presidential offer during the holiday season for A Presidential Christmas. It is from 4 to 8 p.m., and a full schedule is available at

The gingerbread contest is inspired by the gingerbread houses put on display by the White House as a part of their holiday tradition.

Two categories are available: Public and corporate The public category is for anyone to enter, and corporate is for businesses and organizations. Please make sure to check which category you are entering on the registration form AND include your business/organization name on the registration form if you are entering the corporate category. Click here for the registration form. 

The registration deadline is Saturday, Dec. 5.

Houses will be judged by visitors, who will vote for a “People’s Choice” award. There will be one winner from each category and each winner will receive a prize. The winner will be announced at 7:45 p.m. the night of the event.

Contestants must register by Saturday, Dec 5. There is no fee to enter. Contestants must set up entries at Spiegel Grove by 3:45 p.m. day of contest.


  • All houses must have a gingerbread base.
  • All components must be edible. (Candy wrappers and sucker sticks are allowed.)
  • NO artificial materials (Styrofoam, paint, glue, etc.)

The title sponsor for A Presidential Christmas: Tree Lighting, Sleigh Rides and “Hayes Train Special” is Mosser Construction. Partial funding by Valley Electric. In-kind donation by AEP. 

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

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The photo pictured in this release is of a gingerbread house made during President Lyndon Johnson's administration. The photo is courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.