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Homes for the Holidays

A Hillsborough Gingerbread Tradition

Downtown Walking Tour of Confectionary Creations



"Home Alone Dream House"
by ERA Sculpture Students (Ellie, Hiba, Maya & Neveah)
Displayed at Coldwell Banker HPW


"Santa's Beach House"
by Kathy Holden
Displayed at Orange Rural Fire Department

"Home Alone Dream Home" at Coldwell Banker HPW
"Santa's Beach House" at Orange Rural Fire Dept.
December 1, 2023 - January 1, 2024

People's Choice Awards for Adult & Youth/Family Categories

Enjoy a stroll through town and vote for your favorites!

2023 Gingerbread House Display Locations Map

Gingerbread House Photos Courtesy Drone Data and Film® Photography, Hillsborough, NC


Not Your Mother's Gingerbread Competition

Homes for the Holidays is an annual event held at participating businesses throughout downtown Hillsborough to celebrate the creative arts and bring joy to our community this holiday season.

Although it's technically a contest, the main goal is to spread joy, create a festive atmosphere...and add to your shopping experience as you explore gift options for friends and family.

All aspiring gingerbread artists and architects are invited to participate and have fun showcasing your creative streak and holiday spirit!

Theme: “Dream Houses”

What's your idea of the perfect dream house? 

Whether you take a page from Barbie or Cinderella, Gaudi or Frank Lloyd Wright, Tim Burton or Dr. Seuss, build us the gingerbread home of your dreams, real or imagined, where visions of sugarplums dance and play. 

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Guidelines for Entry

Registration is open November 1-20

$20 Registration Fee

The displays will not be eaten, but all VISIBLE materials must be edible (no plastic trees, silk flowers, etc.). However, the interior supporting structure can be made of any materials you choose.

Base dimensions should be 18" x 18” and made of sturdy materials: foam core, wood, etc. Use Royal Icing for the glue!

Entries Due
Thursday, November 30th

Deliver To
Thomas Stevens Gallery
126 W. King St. 

Special Thanks to Event Creator & Coordinator 

Meighan Carmichael, Broker/REALTOR, Silvestri Properties


Home for the Holidays Hosted By

The Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce
and participating area businesses

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