Newtown Youth and Family Services

Gingerbread House Competition

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In partnership with:

December 4th
11:00 am - 3:00 pm - Viewing and voting.
3:30 pm - Winner Announced.
Included in Holiday Festival Ticket.
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church (Glover Community Room)

Sugar cubes, gum drops, marshmallows, graham crackers and more...This is more than just gingerbread!

Join in on the fun by creating an edible display OR participate by voting!

To Vote:

View the display of edible creations at Trinity Episcopal Church (Glover Community Room) during the Holiday Festival on December 4th from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Submit your vote for your favorite creation. All votes must be in by 3:00pm. The winner will be announced at 3:30pm in the Glover Community Room and will also be announced on our social media pages.

Enter an Edible Creation:

We appreciate a donation to enter the competition but it's not required.
The Holiday Festival is a fundraising event for Newtown Youth & Family Services.

To enter a creation contact
Kim Merrill at 203-426-9070 or

Open to individuals, families, organizations, businesses, students, groups, chefs, etc. Entries will remain anonymous.

Entry Criteria:
  • BASE
    • Structure should be constructed on a sturdy base—heavy cardboard, foam core, or wood (dependent on weight). If using cardboard, PLEASE cover base with aluminum foil so that moisture from the icing does not soak into it.
    • Non-edible materials such as paint and/or ribbon are approved and encouraged to decorate the outer edge of your base only.
    • Entries combined with base must not be larger than 24 inches high, 24 inches wide, and 24 inches long.
    • Everything above the base of your entry must be composed completely of edible materials.
      Edible materials are not limited to candies and icings. Use of gum paste, fondant, pastillage, chocolate, modeling chocolate, royal icing, isomalt, cast sugar, gelatin and pressed sugar is encouraged. Use of "Disco Dust", "Rainbow Dust" or “Hologram Powder” is permitted. Any entry with non-edible components will be automatically disqualified from placing in the competition.
    • No artificial display materials, such as Styrofoam, interior lighting or other electronic components are to be used in the construction or decoration of the entry.
    • Candies must be unwrapped and free of any non-edible materials, for example: lollipop sticks.
    • Non-edible materials such as paint and/or ribbon are approved and encouraged to decorate the outer edge of your base only.
    • Icing - use ONLY royal icing, we cannot accept structures made with egg or butter icing as they quickly turn rancid and soften causing the structure to disintegrate.
    • Do NOT use anything on your creation that requires refrigeration (such as prepared Jello, etc.)
  • Judging
    • Holiday Festival attendees will vote. The entry with the most votes will win!
Delivery Dates, Display Timeline & Pick-up:
  • Deliveries are accepted at Trinity Church only. 
  • Deliveries start on Monday, November 28th and are accepted Monday through Friday from 9:00am - 2:30pm. Contact Kim Merrill if you need to make alternate arrangements for drop off. 
  • Entries must be delivered to Trinity Church by 2:30pm on Friday December 2nd. Contact Kim Merrill if you need to make alternate arrangements for drop off. 
  • Entries will be displayed from 11:00am - 3:00pm on Sunday, December 4th, during the Holiday Festival, at Trinity Church in the Glover Community Room.
  • Winners will bel announced at 3:30pm on Sunday, December 4th.
  • Displays can be picked up starting at 3:45pm on Sunday, December 4th until 4:30pm. Or Tuesday through Friday from 9:00am - 2:30pm the week following the Holiday Festival.
If you have any questions please contact Kim Merrill at 203-426-9070 or



All proceeds from the Edible Creations and Holiday Festival will go to Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS). The Holiday Festival is NYFS' largest annual fundraiser and proceeds go towards mental health, autism and community services. 

NYFS is a non-profit youth service bureau and mental health clinic for children, teens, adults and seniors.

For over 30 years, NYFS has been committed to providing high quality human health services to promote individual and community wellness. Specialized services include: outpatient individual, couples and family counseling, substance abuse treatment services, Autism and social skills programs, prevention initiatives and support groups.