The Greenville Gingerbread Exhibit returns for the 2023 holiday season

Dough not worry, the fan-favorite Greenville holiday tradition — The Greenville Gingerbread Exhibit — is back with new categories and even more gingerbread.


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This is the kind of news that bakes our day. The Greenville Gingerbread Exhibit is back for its second year, this time with new categories and even more sweetness.

City Editors Danielle and Stephanie here. We got a sneak peek and this year’s entries blew us away. This is a must-add to your holiday calendar.

Starting Tuesday, Dec. 5, stroll through the winter wonderland-themed lobby of the Residence Inn + Springhill Suites (200 E. Washington St.) and view festive gingerbread displays created by bakers, chefs, restaurants, businesses, plus — new this year — amateur home bakers.

What to expect

There are 21 entries from home bakers and 12 entries from professionals. You’ll find cookie replicas of Greenville landmarks and restaurants (think: The Liberty Bridge, Gather GVL, and The Commons with Unity Park) + traditional gingerbread houses, a picture-perfect barn, Barbie’s Dreamhouse, and even Taylor Swift’s Lover House (Christmas Version).

Cast a ballot for your favorite and it could win the “People’s Choice Award.” The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve and take home a $350 prize.

For the kids

New for 2023, The Children’s Gingerbread Coloring Contest adds a new way to get in on the fun. Pick up a coloring sheet in the lobby and enter your own gingerbread coloring masterpiece. Turn it in at the front desk until Christmas Eve. The winner will receive a $25 Target gift card.


Get in on the friendly competition. | Photo by GVLtoday

Plus, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate will bring story time and crafts to the hotel lobby on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a reading of “The Plan for the Gingerbread House” + make your own cardboard gingerbread house.

Holiday treats

While you can’t munch on the displays, Oak and Honey will have a special holiday menu with a little something for everyone.

Sip on:

  • The Gingerbread Man (Think: An iced coffee cocktail with a hint of gingerbread)
  • Santa’s Little Helper (Think: Spiked hot chocolate)
  • Snowball Fight (Think: A sorbet mimosa)

Dine on:

  • The Holiday Pail (a bucket of sweet treats)
  • Herb-roasted prime rib au jus (with green beans and mashed potatoes)

Take a stroll through the exhibit from now until Christmas Eve.

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