If you’re a fan of festive craft beer, delightful desserts turned into architectural masterpieces and a jolly good time for the whole family, ‘yule’ love this event!
The seventh annual Gingerbread House Challenge dares local businesses, nonprofits and friend groups to form teams and display their holiday spirit and creativity by constructing a gingerbread house based on a central theme.
Hosted by BHCyp, the young professionals board of the Better Housing Coalition, event attendees vote on their favorite houses to select the $500 People’s Choice Winner, and an expert judging panel will crown the $500 Runner-Up and $1,000 Grand Prize Winner! 100% of proceeds support BHC’s mission of changing lives and transforming communities through high-quality affordable housing.
Registration is now open for teams!
If you’re looking for a great team building activity, a creative outlet, or just want to compete for some cold, hard cash, form a Gingerbread House Challenge team! Teams of 2-6 members can sign up between now and October 16 or until all 20 spaces are filled.
Be a part of the action and support a great cause. Submit your entry form for the 2023 competition today!
Date & Time: Sunday, November 12, 2023
Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2410 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA
Great Works of Art
General admission is free! To vote: $5 for 2 votes; $10 for 5 votes
Limited number of VIP Ticket packages are available! Each year our VIP ticket packages sell out, so plan to get yours early!
Sold only in advance, VIP packages are $20 and include:
- 5 votes
- 1 Hardywood drink ticket
- Exclusive VIP cup koozie
- Gingerbread cookie
Tickets will be on sale starting October 1.
Many thanks to our 2023 Presenting Sponsor
Sponsorships are still available!
Beer. Dessert. Cut-throat holiday competition. What more could you ask for???
Sponsors of the event will be highly visible to a diverse and merry crowd as the weekend of the Hardywood Gingerbread Stout release has historically drawn over 2,000 Richmonders. And that doesn’t include the gingerbread contest and celebrity judge panel.
Gingerbread House Challenge Past Winners
2022 – Friends of Fonticello Park, “Fonticello Park -Woodland Heights x Swansboro”
2021 – Deck the Balz – Balzer and Associates, “Virginia is for Lovers of History”
2020 Virtual Gingerbread House Challenge Winner, Team Sleigh Belles, “I’ll be Home for Christmas”
2019 Grand Prize Winner, Balzer & Associates; “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”
2018 Grand Prize Winner, Architecture Design Office; “Nightmare Before Christmas”
2017 Grand Prize Winner, Gearharts Chocolates; “Main Street Station”
See all the photos from our past competitions on our Flickr page!
Contact Sarah Fernald, Director of Community Engagement.