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2022 Gingerbread Design Competition & Exhibition

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Boston City Skyline by Safdie Architects from the 2016 BSA Gingerbread Design Competition

The BSA is excited to announce the 11th annual Gingerbread Design Competition & Exhibition! This exhibition will take place in-person at BSA Space. The competition theme this year is “Climate Ginger-READY Boston,” an edible exploration of the city’s Climate Ready Boston initiative. This initiative focuses on ensuring Boston will continue to thrive amidst the threat of long-term climate change. We encourage all forms of creative, sustainable, climate-resilient gingerbread designs that speak to the unique challenges that Boston faces.

The BSA Gingerbread Design Competition & Exhibition is a fun and tasty way to highlight great works of edible architecture while spreading holiday cheer. This exhibition helps support BSA initiatives while challenging designers to explore a sweet new medium.

There will be multiple ways to view this year’s Gingerbread Design Competition! We will display all gingerbread models at BSA Space and will showcase them in an online exhibition. In addition to that, all gingerbread submissions will be featured on the BSA’s social media platforms.

Who: Any individual, duo, family, or team can participate! This year’s BSA Gingerbread Design Competition will take place in-person which means that we will ONLY accept entries which can be physically brought to BSA Space on December 5 between the hours of 9AM-5PM. (Please reach out, should you need an exception and we'll do our best to accommodate.)

What: This year, we are only accepting in-person entries that will be displayed at BSA Space. Though the exhibition will be in-person, we will also make sure to share these gingerbread creations on our website and social media. For the first time since COVID, we plan to host an in-person reception on December 15, 2022. We will invite the teams and individuals who submitted entries to come to our space to celebrate in a festive way and winners will be announced at this event and online. More details about the reception will be announced closer to the date. Stay tuned!

Where: We will display the physical gingerbread models at BSA Space and we will showcase all submissions in an online exhibition. All gingerbread submissions will be featured on the BSA’s social media platforms!

Additional Information

How do I register?

Registration for the 2022 Gingerbread Competition is now closed.

Where can I find the Welcome Packet and the Family Guide?

Welcome Packet

Family Guide

Important dates:

November 18, 2022 | Deadline to register

December 5, 2022 | Deadline to bring gingerbread creations to BSA Space

December 7, 2022 | Exhibition opens at BSA Space and online, voting opens

December 15, 2022 | Reception at BSA Space from 5-7PM

December 20, 2022 | Voting closes at noon, final winners announced, and exhibition closes


Awards will be given for the following categories:

  • Golden Whisk for most amount of money raised through donation-based voting
  • Silver Spatula for most number of individual votes through donation-based voting
  • Chocolate-covered Rolling Pin for judges' choice
  • People's Choice Award for most number of votes on Facebook

All entries will be virtually judged by a panel of gingerbread experts who will bestow additional festive awards!

Competition and submission rules:

  • To be eligible for the competition, you or a representative for your team must complete the registration form by Friday, November 18, 2022. Entries that are not registered will not be accepted into the competition.
  • By registering for this year's competition, you are agreeing to bring your completed gingerbread creation to BSA Space on December 5 between the hours of 9AM-5PM.
  • All visible elements on your gingerbread creation must be edible (with the exception of LED lights which are accepted and encouraged).
  • Voting will begin on December 7, 2022 when the exhibition opens. Everyone will be encouraged to vote, both with their dollars and their "likes."
  • Please remember that this is a family friendly competition! The BSA reserves the right to not display any entry considered to be inappropriate.

Looking for inspiration?

Check out last year's gingerbread entries based on the theme, "Home Sweet Home."

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Additional questions?

For any additional questions you may have about this year's Gingerbread Design Competition & Exhibition, please email [email protected].

The Gingerbread Design Competition, a program of the BSA, was launched by the Community Design Resource Center (CDRC) in 2012.