Gingerbread House Contest

Get into the Holiday spirit

while staying safe at

Home Sweet Home

by participating in

SolMateo’s virtual

Gingerbread House Contest. Show off your Holiday baking and design skills for a

chance to win a prize!



Voting takes place during the Online Silent Auction

November 27–December 4


Winners will be

announced during the

Virtual Holiday Auction Live Event

Friday, December 4 at 5pm


Each contestant must register and submit six photos of their creation. Once an entry form is submitted, an email confirmation will be sent with a link to submit the photos. One entry per person or family. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at 11:59 pm.


Voting will be done online at Anyone who registers can vote. Each vote is $1. Registrants can vote as many times as they wish. Entries with the most votes win!

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Overall Appearance

  • Originality and Creativity

  • Technique and Skill

  • Difficulty



  • Any structure (house, building, school, barn, or any other imaginative dwelling) may be entered.

  • The main structure should be original and constructed of gingerbread. Purchased kits and structures made of graham crackers should be entered in the Just for Fun Category.

  • All components of the display, except the base, must be made of edible materials such as gingerbread, candy, nuts, cereal, cookies, crackers, pretzels, etc.

  • All structures must be mounted on a hard, unbending base.

  • There is no size limit.


Entries will be judged according to the following categories:

Competitive (entry fee/cash prizes)          Just for Fun (free/no cash prizes)

  • Professional                                         ŸŸŸŸ● Adults, Kids/Family, Kit/Graham Crackers

  • Adults

  • Kids/Family

How to Enter

Registration has closed! Deadline to enter was Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at 11:59pm.

Voting will take place during the

Online Silent Auction

November 27 at 10am – December 4 at noon

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Cash awards will be given to the top three voted entries in each of the Competitive Categories. Winners will be announced during the Virtual Holiday Auction Live Event Friday, December 4 at 5pm, along with the top three voted entries in the Just for Fun Category.

                                                                       Entry                Prize Pool *                         Prize Money Payout 
         Competitive Category                Fee                Contribution          First Place          Second Place          Third Place
         Professional                                      $50                         $25                          50%                             30%                           20%
         Kids/Family                                            $10                              $5                            50%                               30%                             20%
       Adults                                                  $25                         $10                          50%                             30%                           20%

*The prize pool will be determined by how many entries are received in the Competitive Category. Prize money payout is based on the percentage of total entry fees/prize pool contributions received in each category. Top three places are guaranteed to receive a minimum of the entry fee.

Proceeds benefit mental health, homelessness and suicide prevention in San Mateo County


Once registered, a link will be provided to submit six landscape (horizontal) photos (jpeg or png files): one of each side (A,B,C,D), an overhead view (E), and one of the artist(s) with the final product (F).


All entrants grant SolMateo permission to use submitted photos for printed and online marketing purposes.

To print rules or register by mail

Questions? Email or call 650-350-2094.

© 2018 by Sol of San Mateo County

501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Tax ID 51-2159348

All Rights Reserved

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