Gingerbread Festival – 2018

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The Gingerbread Festival is usually the primary fundraising event for the SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House, located in Newport, North Carolina.  This year, because of the devastation in our community caused by Hurricane Florence, we are holding the Festival as a FUNraiser for the Crystal Coast!

We have cancelled our usual ticketed events and made this year's Festival free to everyone!  Come celebrate the magic of Christmas with us as we are Baking Spirits Bright!

Dates:  December 8-9, 2018
Location:  Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City, North Carolina

Schedule of Events

Saturday, December 8

Open To Public - 11am-5pm
Everyone is invited to come enjoy the festivities and see all of the beautiful gingerbread houses on display. Vote for your favorite gingerbread entry, see the amazing decorated Crab Pot Christmas Trees, enjoy children's crafts, play Reindeer games, watch a gingerbread decorating demonstration, and enjoy a holiday Christmas concert. Concessions with all sorts of yummy treats will be available!

Free Hotdog and Drink!  
Bring a new, unwrapped gift to drop off in the Toys-For-Tots Collection Box and receive a free ticket for a hotdog and drink at our concession stand.

Chef Demonstration - 1-3pm
Join us as Master Chefs demonstrate the art and craft of gingerbread house building.

Face Painting - 1-3pm
Kids of all ages can get "decorated" for the holidays!

Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus - 2-4pm Santa
Santa & Mrs. Claus will be here from the North Pole to see all the children!  Come tell Santa what you want for Christmas and have your photo taken with him and Mrs. Claus!

Sunshine Community Band Christmas Concert - 4-5pm
Celebrate the music of Christmas with the Sunshine Community Band.

Sunday, December 9

Open To Public - 11am-5pm
Everyone is invited to come enjoy the festivities and see all of the beautiful gingerbread houses on display. Vote for your favorite gingerbread entry, see the amazing decorated Crab Pot Christmas Trees, enjoy children's crafts, play Reindeer games, watch a gingerbread decorating demonstration, and enjoy a holiday Christmas concert. Concessions with all sorts of yummy treats will be available!

Free Hotdog and Drink!  
Bring a new, unwrapped gift to drop off in the Toys-For-Tots Collection Box and receive a free ticket for a hotdog and drink at our concession stand.

Chef Demonstration - 1-3pm
Join us as Master Chefs demonstrate the art and craft of gingerbread house building.

Face Painting - 1-3pm
Kids of all ages can get "decorated" for the holidays!

Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus - 2-4pm Santa
Santa & Mrs. Claus will be back from the North Pole once again to see all the children!  Come tell Santa what you want for Christmas and have your photo taken with him and Mrs. Claus!

Jazz Concert & Awards Presentation - 4-5pm
Get into the Holiday Spirit with the sounds of the season, featuring The Raynor Brothers Jazz Band. After the concert, find out who will win the big prizes of our Gingerbread Festival Competition!