Stroll through Greenville, SC’s new gingerbread displays for the 2022 holiday season

Dough not worry, Greenville’s newest holiday tradition is fit for the entire family.

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All aboard the Polar Passerelle Bistro express. | Photo by GVLtoday

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This is the kind of news that bakes our day. Grab the family and head downtown for a sweet new Greenville holiday tradition.

Starting today, Thursday, Dec. 1, stroll through the winter wonderland-themed lobby of the Residence Inn + Springhill Suites (200 E. Washington St.) and view festive gingerbread displays created by local chefs, restaurants, and businesses.

What to expect

You’ll find cookie replicas of Greenville landmarks and restaurants (Think: Soby’s New South Cuisine, Jianna, and the Reedy River) + a picture-perfect train station bound for the North Pole.

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 $500 prize.

Pro tip: Don’t miss the over-the-top displays in the lobby crafted by local culinary students from Greenville Technical College + Donaldson Career Center.

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Feeling inspired?

Have an idea for a gingerbread display of your own? There is room for seven bakers to share their creations alongside the Greenville pros. If you win “People’s Choice” in the amateur division, you’ll receive a free one-night stay at the Residence Inn + Springhill Suites and a gift card to dine at Oak and Honey. Enter now.

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Getting into the holiday spirits. | Photos by GVLtoday

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 a Sleigh Ride (spiked hot chocolate) or a Snowball Fight (raspberry lime sorbet mimosa) + grab a Christmas Cookie and Candy Plate for the kids.

More festive family fun

Join The Children’s Museum of the Upstate for a special gingerbread storytime at the hotel on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. Kids will read “The Plan for a Gingerbread House: A STEM Engineering Story” before building a gingerbread house out of cardboard.

Looking for other ways to enjoy the spirit of the season? Check out our guide to winter events in and around Greenville, SC.

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