Conner Prairie holiday events features professional and amateur houses in gingerbread village

The Gingerbread Village is open through to Dec 31. (Submitted photo)

The Gingerbread Village is open through to Dec 31. (Submitted photo)

By Anna Skinner

Conner Prairie attendees will have the chance to admire professional- and amateur-designed gingerbread houses in the Gingerbread Village on display 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday Nov. 25 to Dec. 18 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday Dec. 19 to Dec. 31.

Approximately 30 houses will be on display, and attendees have a choice to complete a scavenger hunt for candy embedded in the gingerbread houses.

“There are select gingerbread houses that families seek and find candy attached to the icing,” Events Manager Kelly Backus said. “Guests can vote for their favorite gingerbread house It is just a village to stroll through the houses and take a look at them, smell all the gingerbread, and it smells wonderful, and just looking at all the creativity the individuals put into making the houses.”

Backus said that no gingerbread making demonstrations will be available throughout the village, although attendees can vote for their favorite house to be the recipient of the People’s Choice Award. Other awards include first place, runner-up, most traditional, most original, the President’s Award voted on by Conner Prairie’s president Norman Burns and more. The village is set up in the museum’s Welcome Center.

Backus said over the years, professional gingerbread houses were made to replicate Hogwarts from Harry Potter and the house from Shrek. Professional participants include Café Patachou and Simply Perfection Cakes.

“They really use their imagination,” she said.

Cost is $8. Children 2 and under free. Lunch options are available 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Overlook in the Welcome Center.

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