15 Gingerbread Houses You'll Want to Live Inside
These phenomenal displays will have you wishing you were 3 inches tall and adorned with gumdrop buttons.
Anyone can pipe icing on four walls of gingerbread and call it a house, but only the greatest confectionary artists can make gingerbread houses so magnificent that the people who view them secretly wish they could live inside. Every year when Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C., draws the best and the brightest in gingerbread styling, they get a chance to see and judge which house has the most drool-worthy design in culinary crafting. Check out last year’s winners and ignite the baking wizard within yourself!
There was an old lady who lived in a shoe…equipped with a bunk bed, a Christmas tree, rugs, a chandelier and even a ceiling fan in case it gets a bit muggy inside. No wonder this design by Ashley Howard of Winter Springs, Fla., took home the grand prize.
Though she didn’t make a gingerbread house, the second place winner, Heather Lewis of Austell, Ga., certainly has a way with the sugar sculpting. Seriously, those ornaments look good enough to hang on the tree, and is that a cloth made of fondant I see beneath them?
Can you believe that detail? It almost makes you want to reach out and pet the horse. This snowy sleigh ride was created by Barbara Evans and Mary Jo Dowling of Edelstein, Ill., and it’s obvious this detail-oriented duo deserved their fancy third-place win. It’s a Christmas wonderland!
Hello, Beautiful! Intricate brick and shingles, buckets of delicate blooms, baskets of lovely loaves and picturesque window boxes took this lovely French flower shop all the way to the Top 10. It’s no question that the creator, Michael Villella of New Kensington, Pa., certainly earned his spot.
A brand-new take on a flying reindeer, this Top 10 winner by Tracy Navin of Franklin, Tenn., would make light work of Santa’s long trek around the globe.
Mother Goose and her friends Humpty Dumpty, the cow (looking like she’s about to make her jump over the moon) and the cat with its fiddle all come together in this sugary celebration of classic nursery rhymes. Can we just live here, already? Top 10 winner, Glenda Tant of Lebanon, Tenn.
For all the Despicable Me fans out there, you’ll be pleased to know that this design by Carly Owens from Swannanoa, N.C., raked in the first place prize in the teen category. And just look how cute those minions are!
This adorable “Florist of Love” design by Elisabeth Somerville of Montreat, N.C., earned her a place in the Top 10. With famous kissing couple’s like Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, what’s not to love about this romantic flower shop?
You might think a couple of sweet-looking gingerbread men about to munch on some gingersnaps from a gingerbread food truck might seem wrong; but this design by Lilli McFerrin of Black Mountain, N.C. , which earned her a Top 10 spot in the teen category, just feels so, so right.
A native of Maryville, Tenn., Emily Spafford knows that cowboy boots just look better when they’re holding a stack of presents piled high. It seems that the judges agreed, because Emily’s Christmas on the range earned her a place in the teen category’s Top 10.
There’s just something about the city of lights that looks even better in edible form. It’s no surprise Julia Navin of Franklin, Tenn., was awarded second place in the teen category for her work on this lip-smacking landmark.
A classic story full of sweet treats, Alice in Wonderland seems like an ideal theme for a competition focusing on one of Christmas’ most popular confections, earning Taylor Gilmore of Greenback, Tenn., a place in the teen category’s Top 10.
The only thing that could make this charming Smurf village any more impressive is when you find out it won the second place prize in the youth (ages 9-12) category. We can expect great things from Carly Cantrell of Cookeville, Tenn.
Another winner in the youth category, this cupcake elves’ home, made by Evelyn Lewis of Austell, Ga., looks like the ideal place for a tired elf to take a quick break after finishing all those Christmas toys.
Unlike the wily wolf, Santa never burns himself when going down this smart pig's chimney. This fun design by Amanda Spafford of Maryville, Tenn., was yet another winner in the youth category’s Top 10. Who knew kids these days were so into the gingerbread house competitions?