American Red Cross Gingerbread House Event at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel

Red Cross Gingerbread House Event at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel

Compete to win fantastic prizes and support a sweet cause while attending the signature event of the holidays!

Your event tickets will give you exclusive entry to the gingerbread house competition. You'll enjoy a spectacular gourmet brunch hosted by Loews Don CeSar Hotel, an exciting silent and live auction of one-of-a-kind items, and the chance to be one of multiple winners selected by celebrity judges for thousands of dollars' worth of fabulous prizes!

All proceeds will benefit local families assisted by the American Red Cross.

Schedule for Event Festivities:

  • 10:30 Registration Opens!
  • 10:30-1:30 Delicious Brunch Hosted by Loews Don CeSar Hotel; Silent Auction Opens
  • 11:00-12:45 The Gingerbread Competition!
  • 12:30 Live Auction
  • 1:00 Judging & Announcement of Prizes
  • This Year's Prize Categories:

  • Best in Show
  • Cookie Rookie of the Year
  • Best Group Themed Houses
  • Most Candiful
  • Child's Fantasy
  • Most Original
  • Most Traditional
  • Most Fun
  • Most Festive Attire
  • Competition Guidelines

    Each year, guests across the Tampa Bay area wow us with their stunningly creative designs. You will have table candy and royal icing to assist with your decorations. There are no limits to the embellishments, extra candy, or other homemade items you may bring with you to the event. You must simply use your extra decorations on the Alessi-baked gingerbread house that is given to you on event day.

    Alessi-baked gingerbread houses are roughly 10 inches long by 8 inches wide by 9 inches tall. Each gingerbread house will rest on a styrofoam panel that is approximately 11 7/8 inches long and 14 ½ inches wide. Your decorations may extend onto this panel.

    Special Thanks

    This annual holiday tradition is sponsored by

    Clearwater Gas

    Duke Energy

    The Lightning Foundation

    We are grateful to Table 6 Productions for their world class event planning services!

    Thank you to Alessi Bakery for their deliciously baked gingerbread houses!

    Thank you to Loews Don CeSar hotel for making this event possible and for supporting the American Red Cross for more than 22 years.