Holiday Happenings 2019: Gingerbread Festival and Auction celebrates 25 years

photo by: Mike Yoder

Tables of dozens of gingerbread houses in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Gingerbread House Auction are pictured in December 2015 at Abe and Jake's Landing.

Edible edifices of all kinds will soon be on display — and available for purchase — as the Big Brothers Big Sisters Gingerbread Festival and Auction marks its 25th year.

The viewing portion of the Gingerbread Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, giving attendees the opportunity to see all of the gingerbread creations. They will be auctioned off at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.

Both the viewing and the auction will be held at Abe & Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St.

“It is incredible that (the festival) is going into its 25th year of existence,” said Eric Maydew, area director for Douglas County’s Big Brothers Big Sisters operations. “Numbers of events have come and gone in that period and Gingerbread continues to be a well-known signature event in our community, and for that we couldn’t be more grateful.”

The viewing party will also feature cookie and ornament decorating, a pancake feed and a craft fair by Kansas City-area crafting organization The Strawberry Swing. A $5 donation is suggested for entry.

photo by: Mike Yoder

“Minions Gone Wrong” is the title of this gingerbread creation by Jessica, Robin, Polly and Tammy in the 2015 Big Brothers Big Sisters Gingerbread House Auction.

Tickets for the auction start at $40 for individuals and include drinks and hors d’oeuvres. They can be purchased at gingerbreadauction.com. Tables of four or eight can also be reserved for $500 or $1,000, respectively.

Also, a spirit tasting event will be held at 6 p.m. the night of the auction. Tickets to both that event and the auction are $80.

For those interested in building gingerbread houses, an entry form is available on the festival’s website. There are several categories of entries, including a graham cracker category for children. Entries must be delivered to Abe & Jake’s by 4 p.m. Dec. 5.

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