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23rd Annual Gingerbread Wonderland & Craft Show
MORRISTOWN, NJ – A kingdom made of candy canes, chocolate, and gumdrops really does exist! See it with your own eyes at the 23rd annual Gingerbread Wonderland and Craft Show at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township on Friday, December 5 through Sunday, December 14, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fridays until 7:30 p.m. You’ll be captivated by the plethora of brilliant edible creations on display. Scenes have included Santa’s Workshop, Hanukah Menorahs, Chinese pagodas, a grand piano, and even the White House.

Santa's Workshop gingerbread house

"Despicable Me" minion gingerbread house

Lesley Parness, Superintendent of Horticultural Education stated, “More than 15,000 visitors attend this charming event annually. Guests of all ages marvel at the creative works of art, and enjoy the sweet smell of ginger and sugar while perusing more than 200 creations.” Parness continued, “This is one of my favorite events because visitors are in awe of the creativity, artistry, and passion displayed in each edible work of art.”

Need to catch up on your holiday shopping? Look no further for those special, homemade gifts. The Holiday Craft Show, which is in its fifth year, offers a variety of unique products made by local crafters. The Holiday Craft Show is open on the weekend during Gingerbread Wonderland, December 6 & 7, 13 & 14, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Groups of ten or more must make reservations by calling 973.326.7601. Strollers are not permitted in the exhibit hall. A $2 admission per person, children under 2 admitted free, supports the Horticultural Educational Department. To submit an entry to the exhibit, look for registration materials at For more information, please call, 973.326.7601 or visit

The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey. It currently protects and maintains 18,730 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy!