Gingerbread House Fun this Holiday Season

November 28, 2017

Gingerbread houses are a holiday tradition for many. This holiday season, you'll find many classes, workshops, and other events where you and your kids can construct and decorate your very own gingerbread house. You can also check out the work of talented gingerbread artisans in the Bay Area, including a 25-foot-tall gingerbread house at the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill. Here's our guide to gingerbread events for families this December.

Create Your Own Gingerbread House:

  • Gingerbread House Decorating Classes
    Cake Art Supplies, San Rafael
    December 2, 9 & 16, 2–3:30 pm

    Decorate your holiday gingerbread house at Cake Art Supplies.  The class includes a large pre-assembled, freshly baked gingerbread house, royal icing, assorted candies, sugar lay-ons, decorations, and instruction. This class is a popular adult, child or parent/child class.  Call now to sign up as space is limited. $60.00 Register here.
  • Gingerbread House Decorating
    Tiburon Holiday Festival

    December 2, 2:30 & 4 pm
    Kids can create their own gingerbread house at one of the 2 sessions: 2:30 pm & 4 pm. Cost: $35 per house. Reservations recommended by calling (415) 435-5633. Event details.
  • MakeArt Family Day: Gingerbread Pavilions
    Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco
    December 2, 12:30–4:30 pm

    Draw on the architectural inspiration in the Museum of Craft and Design's "Architectural Pavilions: Experiments and Artifacts" exhibition and then get ready to embellish your one-of-a-kind gingerbread house! All basic - and yummy- components (gingerbread house, icing, candies, etc.) will be provided, but feel free to bring anything you'd like to use to customize your house. Festive fun for the whole family and your kitchen stays clean! Cost: $5.00 per person, $10.00 per house. Register here. Event details.
  • Gingerbread Architecture Extravaganza
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    December 3, 9 am or 10 am

    Families design and build their own whimsical gingerbread masterpiece at this special annual event for Donor Circle members. 9 am or 10 am seatings available. Not a Donor Circle Member? Contact DonorCircles@badm.org for more information. Event information.
  • Gingerbread House Workshop
    Marin Humane, Novato
    December 9, 10–noon
    Calling all kids! Get in the holiday spirit and join in the fun of an age-old holiday tradition – gingerbread house decorating! Gingerbread house masters John and Megan Lorenzen will be here to help you create a gingerbread dog house or a gingerbread kitty condo. Workshop is designed for kids 8-12 years old. Cost: $25 per house. Register here. Event details.
  • Gingerbread House Decorating
    Terra Linda Community Center
    December 9 (various times)

    Gingerbread House Decorating: It’s time to get festive! Decorate your very own Gingerbread House! Come for a day of fun and to create the gingerbread house of your dreams! Ages 6-8 10:00–11:30 am. Ages 9-12 1:00–2:30 pm. Cost is $25.00. For more information please contact Terra Linda Community Center at (415) 485-3344.
  • Gingerbread Dog House
    Charles Schultz Museum, Santa Rosa
    December 16-17,

    Assemble and decorate Snoopy’s doghouse out of gingerbread complete with a marshmallow Snoopy on top. Choose from the following dates and times and register online here or by calling (707) 284-1272.
  • Gingerbread House Day
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berekely

    Decembe 23, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
    Decorate a GIANT gingerbread house with oodles of goodies including candies, cookies and sprinkles. All funds raised on this day will go directly to our programs for children in homeless shelters. After the event, the completed house will be donated to local family shelter for the holiday. Free Admission from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Event details.

Visit a Gingerbread House:

  • 11th Annual Gingerbread House Tour
    Downtown Sausalito
    December 1-31
    Take a walking tour and see the amazing custom-built Gingerbread houses on display in Saualito. Event information.
  • Fairmont Gingerbread House
    Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
    November 24–January 1, 2018

    Fairmont San Francisco’s two-story, life-sized Gingerbread House in the hotel’s grand lobby has become a must-see attraction for guests from near and far.Fairmont San Francisco’s talented culinary and engineering teams have joined forces to meticulously plan construction of this year’s enormous Gingerbread House, which will be even larger than last year’s stunning, two-story-high Victorian! Once complete, the impressive, edible abode will stand more than 25 feet high, 35 feet wide and 10 feet deep and will feature more than 10,250 homemade gingerbread bricks, 1,650 pounds of candy and 3,300 pounds of royal icing. The gingerbread house’s railroad track also delights guests of all ages, who happily gaze upon this favorite feature. They also offer a gingerbread tea. Event information.