Information About This Year's Gingerbread Festival
December 3-5, 2021 • Crystal Coast Civic Center • Morehead City, NC
December 3-5, 2021
Crystal Coast Civic Center
Morehead City, NC
The Gingerbread Festival is a three-day, family fun, holiday event that benefits SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House (CCHH).
In addition to the Gingerbread Festival, SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House will be illuminated the entire month of December for your holiday viewing pleasure.
Since opening in 2013, SECU CCHH has served over 1,800 patients and their families.
Save the dates: December 3-5, 2021
The festival includes something for everyone. Adults and children are in awe as they stroll through the winter wonderland of holiday themed crab pot Christmas trees and inhale the sweet aroma of the gingerbread creations; all created by local designers, artists, businesses, individuals, schools and community groups. Additional attractions include kid’s crafts, games, Santa visits, and holiday entertainment both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. A variety of concessions are available through out the day at the Gingerbread Café. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite gingerbread creation and your favorite tree!
On Saturday evening, there will be a new event for the family. Come stroll through the new outdoor area to enjoy holiday themed displays, sponsor handouts, goodies, and more.
Gingerbread Competition winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony, Sunday at 4pm.
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
The 2021 Festival will be an in-person event with health & safety as a top priority. We can’t wait to see our visitors, volunteers, and supporters in-person again.
Preview Party Friday, December 3, 7:00-11:00 pm
Join in the fun as we kick off the 2021 Gingerbread Festival. Preview Party tickets include entertainment by Band Of Oz, Heavy appetizers catered by Seaside Sensations, Beer & Wine, and a Silent Auction including decorated Crab Pot Christmas Trees. Cocktail attire recommended!
SORRY, PREVIEW PARTY TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE!
Frequently Asked Questions
The Gingerbread Festival is an annual holiday-themed family event that benefits the Crystal Coast Hospice House. At the heart of the Festival is a Gingerbread Village created by local artists, individuals, schools and community groups, and over 30 spectacular Crab Pot Christmas Trees designed and decorated by individuals and corporate sponsors. Additional attractions include kid’s crafts, Santa visits, and holiday entertainment both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. A variety of concessions are available through the day at the Gingerbread Café.
The 2021 Gingerbread Festival will take place on:
Saturday, December 4, from 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday, December 5, from 11 am to 5 pm
The Gingerbread Festival is held at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, located at 3505 Arendell Street in Morehead City, NC. Parking is free and there is limited handicap accessible parking.
Admission is free (except for the Preview Party on Friday night - which requires a paid ticket), but donations are accepted. All proceeds go to support the SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House.
You can become a Festival Sponsor, enter the Gingerbread Competition or volunteer at the Event. And, of course, you can attend the Festival, bring lots of friends, and bid on trees and gingerbread creations.
The Gingerbread Festival could not happen without the generous support of our incredible sponsors and donors. We have sponsorships available from $100 - $10,000, and each level includes a variety of benefits, including signage, advertising, preview party tickets, etc. You can also donate items to the silent auction.
You can see our Festival Sponsorship Information HERE.
If you are interested in participating at the 2021 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Gingerbread Competition Entry Information HERE.
For more information, please contact Kay Coole, 252-808-2244, or email Kay.email@example.com
Please join us as a volunteer! Get into the spirit of the season while helping Crystal Coast Hospice House help other. Volunteers are needed for all phases of the three-day event (before, during and after), including setup, the event itself and breakdown.
Volunteer Opportunities BEFORE Festival of Trees include tree setup, holiday decorating of the Festival, preparing crafts and many other tasks and activities.
Volunteer Opportunities DURING Festival of Trees include Santa’s helper, kid’s craft area, greeters, concession workers and many other activities.
Volunteer Opportunities AFTER Festival of Trees include breakdown, tree packing, and various other tasks.
To volunteer before, during, or after the Gingerbread Festival, please contact Kay Coole, 252-808-2244 or email Kay.firstname.lastname@example.org
Items purchased at the event are only tax deductible if they have been purchased for higher than their fair market value. This applies to ticketed events and silent auction items. Trees, gingerbread houses, and raffle entries are NOT tax deductible. Please see your tax advisor for specific tax questions.
There will be food at the event. The Gingerbread Café will be open and selling items all day. Items available include hamburgers, hot dogs donated by El’s Drive-In, chips, popcorn, and a variety of baked goods. There will also be a candy shoppe with lots of sweets!
The trees that are marked for sale can be purchased at the front reception table with cash, credit card or check. All checks can be made out to CCHH. Please note: the trees will not be available for pick-up until after the event.
All trees that have been purchased can be picked up at the close of the Festival on Monday, December 6th between 9am and 12pm. Items not picked up will become the property of the Gingerbread Festival and the Crystal Coast Hospice House.
The trees can be easily transported and fit in most larger vehicles with all the ornaments and lights still attached. If you would rather take some of the ornaments off, you are welcome to bring some bags or boxes for you to package them. Volunteers may be available to help you load your tree.
Gingerbread entries can be picked up at the close of the Festival on Sunday, December 5, or on Monday, December 6, between 9am and 12pm. Entries not picked up will become the property of the Gingerbread Festival and the Crystal Coast Hospice House.