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.
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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.
This annual holiday tradition is sponsored by
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.
Q: I don't know how to build a gingerbread house. Am I going to have to build one for this event?
A: No. The gingerbread houses will be prebuilt by Alessi Bakery just for you. All you have to do is decorate the house however you would like.
Q: Do I have to bring my own candy?
A: No. There will be enough candy provided for you. But everyone is more than welcome to bring extra candy, tools, or decorative items from home.
Q: What can I bring with my to decorate my house?
A: If you would like to bring extra items to decorate you house, there is no limit to what you can bring! We have had guests come with electric train sets, dry ice, modeling chocolate, suitcases full of candy, and any edible and non-edible thing you can imagine. We simply ask that you choose items that are safe and would not cause harm or negatively affect the experience of the other guests.
Q: How many people am I allowed to bring?
A:Our tables have a capacity of 8 or 10 people. The room has a capacity of 240 people according to the fire code. As long as you are under 240 people in your party, there is no limit to how many people you can bring. That said, if you would prefer to come by yourself you will also receive a very warm welcome.
Q: How long is the event?
A: The timed gingerbread decorating competition lasts from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Q: Can I just come and watch?
A: We want everyone to feel welcome at our event! But please note that the fire code has limited our capacity to 240 people in the event room. Tickets for this event regularly sell out, so we hope you understand that we must give priority to the guests who have purchased tickets for the event. However, if there is extra room in the event hall we will be happy to invite onlookers to be in the room.