11th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off

900 Smith St
  • Dates: December 7, 2019
  • Location: City Hall’s Hermann Square
  • Address: 900 Smith St
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Admission: Free
  • Area of Town: Downtown
  • Free Admission: Yes
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    The Architecture Center Houston (ArCH), the nonprofit arm of the American Institute of Architects Houston chapter, will host the 11th annual Gingerbread Build-Off competition on Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. around the reflecting pool at City Hall’s Hermann Square. This free, family-friendly event presents an epic, edible battle among dozens of teams, using entirely consumable building materials, as they compete for the coveted Grand Prix de Show, plus a variety of additional category awards including Best Architectural Icon, Tallest Standing Structure, Best Traditionally (Holiday) Themed, Best Houston-centric Themed, Most Creative Interpretation of Materials, and Public Favorite. In honor of the Apollo moon landing, the Gingerbread Build-Off will have a special competition category -- GINGERBREAD IN SPACE.

    “We are very excited to be hosting this fun competition for the 11th year,” said Rusty Bienvenue, Executive Director, AIA Houston. “The Gingerbread Build-Off has grown to one of the biggest Houston holiday events for families, architects and architecture fans alike and it’s always nice to see the mini gingerbread creations in the “Kids Construction Zone.”  

    This festive holiday event is expected to bring more than 4,000 spectators to cheer on teams and enjoy food trucks, hot chocolate, caroling and photo opportunities with Santa.

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