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Call for Gingerbread Wonderland Entries

Creative cooks and bakers alert!  Families, schools, Scout troops and civic groups are invited to enter the 21st Annual Gingerbread Wonderland at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township.  This Morris County holiday tradition takes place from November 30 – December 9, 2012. 

Complete instructions and rules are listed at, along with an easy to complete Entry Form and recipes for gingerbread and royal icing.  The public may enter in one of these categories: Adult, Family, Child, School Group, Scout Group, Special Needs. 

All entries receive a fancy show ribbon and there is a special Green Ribbon for exhibits with an environmental theme.  Entries are viewed by thousands of visitors who may also vote for their favorite entry in the People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Kings Super Markets. 

Traditional gingerbread houses are always popular but entries have also included replicas of family homes, pets, favorite sports team, a local store or mall, or a favorite movie or book character.  You do not need to be a professional baker to enter.  Creativity and imagination are the most important ingredients in this holiday event.  For inspiration and ideas, please visit and go to the Gallery to see previous year’s entries.


The Morris County Park Commission, the largest park system in the state of New Jersey, currently protects and maintains 18,600 acres at 38 distinct sites and a year-round calendar of events and activities.