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Information About This Year's Gingerbread Festival

December 5 & 6, 2020, 5-8pm     •     Ft. Benjamin Park / McQueen Ave / Big Rock Weigh / SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House     •     Newport, NC

 

December 5 & 6, 2020 - 5-8PM

Ft. Benjamin Park / McQueen Ave / Big Rock Weigh / SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House

Newport, NC

Over the last 7 years, the Gingerbread Festival has grown into a "sweet" holiday tradition for our community and we are working hard to make this year no exception. The event is our largest in-house fundraiser, requiring months of preparation and promotion.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the public safety measures surrounding it, we are moving the Gingerbread Festival from the Crystal Coast Civic Center to SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House!

Save the dates: December 5 & 6, 2020

Our vision for this year's Fastival is a drive-through Gingerbread Festival of Lights. This free, family-friendly event will be open December 5th & 6th from 5-8pm. The display route will begin on McQueen Avenue and will include "food-to-go" at Ft. Benjamin Park, various holiday displays including Santa and His Workshop, Crab Pot Christmas Trees, holiday goodies distributed to each car, and a spectacular holiday light display at SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House!

In addition to the Festival of Lights, we will also continue the tradition of the Gingerbread Competition & Display. It will be open to the public for viewing and voting December 8-12 at The Intersection Church, located at 5458 Highway 70 in the West Post shopping center beside William's Floor Covering.

Admission is free, but donations for SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House are appreciated!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Gingerbread Festival?

The Gingerbread Festival is an annual holiday-themed family event that benefits the SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the public safety measures surrounding it, we are moving this year's Gingerbread Festival from the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City to the SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport!

This year's Festival is a drive-through Gingerbread Festival of Lights. The display route will begin on McQueen Avenue and include "food-to-go" at Ft. Benjamin Park, various holiday displays including Santa, Crab Pot Christmas Trees, holiday goodies distributed to each car, and will end up on Big Rock Weigh in Newport with a spectacular light display at SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House.

This year's Gingerbread Competition & Display will be open to the public for viewing and voting December 8-12 at The Intersection Church, located at 5458 Highway 70, Morehead City, in the West Port shopping center beside William's Floor Covering.

When is the 2020 Gingerbread Festival?

The 2020 Gingerbread Festival of Lights will take place on:

Saturday, December 5, from 5-8pm

Sunday, December 6, from 5-8pm

 

The 2020 Gingerbread Competition & Display will take place on:

Tuesday, December 8 through Saturday, December 12

Open for viewing Tuesday-Friday: 10am-1pm, 4-7pm

Open for viewing Saturday: 10am-1pm

Where is the Event located?

The Gingerbread Festival of Lights Drive-thru event will be held at SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House, located at 100 Big Rock Weigh, Newport, NC.

The Gingerbread Competition & Display will be held at The Intersection Church, located at 5458 Highway 70, Morehead City, in the West Port Shopping Center beside William's Floor Covering.

Do you have to pay to enter the Gingerbread Festival?

The Gingerbread Festival of Lights and the Gingerbread Display are both free events, but donations are accepted. All proceeds go to support SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House.

How can I support the Gingerbread Festival?

You can become a Festival Sponsor, enter the Gingerbread Competition or volunteer at the Event.  And, of course, you can attend the Festival and tell all your friends.

How can I be a Sponsor at the Festival?

The Gingerbread Festival could not happen without the generous support of our incredible sponsors and donors. We have sponsorships available from $100 - $5,000, and each level includes a variety of benefits, including signage and advertising.

You can see our Festival Sponsorship Information HERE.

If you are interested in participating at the 2020 Gingerbread Festival as an event sponsor, as a tree sponsor, or by providing a service or product to the Festival, please contact Kay Coole, 252-808-2244 or email Kay.coole@cchhnc.org

How Can I Enter the Gingerbread Competition?

Everyone is welcome to enter.  Whether you’re a culinary art professional, an amateur baker, or a group of friends, there is a category just for you! 

You can see our Competition Entry Page HERE.

For more information, please contact Kay Coole, 252-808-2244, or email Kay.coole@cchhnc.org 

How can I volunteer to help with the Festival?

Please join us as a volunteer! Get into the spirit of the season while helping Crystal Coast Hospice House help others. Volunteers are needed for all phases of the event (before, during and after), including setup, the event itself and breakdown.

Volunteer Opportunities BEFORE the Festival of Lights include tree setup, holiday decorating of the Festival, and many other tasks and activities.

Volunteer Opportunities DURING the Festival of Lights include Santa’s helpers, greeters, concession workers and many other activities.

Volunteer Opportunities AFTER the Festival of Lights include breakdown, tree packing, and various other tasks.

During the Gingerbread Competition & Display, volunteers will be needed during all open-to-public viewing times.

To volunteer before, during, or after the Gingerbread Festival, please contact Kay Coole, 252-808-2244 or email Kay.coole@cchhnc.org

Will there be food at the Gingerbread Festival?

There will be food "to go" at the event - a drive-through food area will be located in the Ft. Benjamin Park parking lot in Newport. Items available include hamburgers, hot dogs donated by El’s Drive-In, chips, cookies, cocoa and coffee.

How/where do I purchase a tree?

There will be Crab Pot Christmas Trees available for sale in the "tree lot" located at Ft. Benjamin Park, Newport.  Trees will be boxed and ready to go!  You will be able to pay with cash, credit card, or check.  All checks can be made out to CCHH.

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