Springfield Museums, Annual Gingerbread Competition
December 3 - December 29
The Springfield Museums present the annual gingerbread competition and exhibit, ongoing through December 31 in the Springfield Science Museum. This year the theme is Hollywood & the Holidays! Amazing, fully edible creations inspired by holiday movies fill the gallery with the wonderful smell of fresh gingerbread and sugary fondant! Created by local baking enthusiasts of all ages.
The Springfield Science Museum’s annual gingerbread exhibit has become one of the region’s best-loved traditions. Experience the annual gingerbread competition and exhibit that meshes two of our favorite things—baking and creativity!
Winning first place in the Family Division: Katherine & Justinian Alves and Karin & Betsy Johnson of Springfield: “Sparkling Lights of Bright Nights.”
Sponsored by Yankee Candle
Visitors have an opportunity to vote for their favorite in the following categories:
- Professional Division: Bake Shops, Caterers, Restaurants, or Professional Bakers
- Adult Division: Individual or group adult, age 18 & up
- Youth Division: Individual or group youth, age 8-17
- First Place: Olivia, Donovan, Michelle, and Don Salva with “Nan” Linda Sliech, all of Feeding Hills: “Holiday Movie Night at the El Capitan”
- Second Place: Cheryl Barnhart of Agawam: “A Vintage Christmas”
- Third Place: Tammy Richter of Southwick: “Christmas Medley – A Child’s Christmas Dream”
Youth Division- Ages 13-18:
- First Place: Katie Pasay of Springfield: “Gingerbread Polar Express”
- Second Place: Nora Scott and Zuzanna Hitchcock of Westfield: “Ultimate Hollywood Christmas Party”
- Third Place: Springfield Chapter United Synagogue Youth/Kadima; Temple Beth El in Springfield (youth group): “Chanukkah Winter Wonderland”
- First Place: Katherine & Justinian Alves and Karin & Betsy Johnson of Springfield: “Sparkling Lights of Bright Nights”
- Second Place: Eli and Zachary Arvantely of Northborough: “Star Wars – Holiday Death Destroyer”
- Third Place: 3. Evelyn & Violet Schettler of Longmeadow “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”
- Chef Eric Hirsh of Mystic, CT: “Showing now, ‘Santa Claus is coming to Town’”
The creativity represented in the gallery is augmented by beautiful painted panels representing movie posters such as White Christmas, Elf, Frozen, and Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. They were designed by Sarah Gogal, Museums Preparator, and painted by her crew of volunteers. Those volunteers include: Dick Butler, Barbara Chiampa, Vance Gagnon, Sandy Gogal, and Ron Hirsch.
The Museum Store is also a major draw during the holidays, thanks to the wide variety of gifts available for all ages and tastes. Decorative glassware and handcrafted pottery items are available, along with a large selection of children’s games, books, and educational kits and models.