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Gingerbread Building Contest

December 9, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Take a stroll through the streets of Stillwater and be taken to a picturesque Hallmark movie “Christmas Village” right here in the Birthplace of Minnesota.

Mainstreet Stillwater and the St. Croix Riverfront will be alive with holiday spirit, featuring seasonal lights, decorations, and festive themed events. Experience the holidays of old while making new memories.

Downtown Stillwater’s independently owned boutiques, shops and restaurants welcome you to Hometown for the Holidays during the first 3 weekends in December. Find joy in shopping and dining during the holiday season with family friendly events happening each weekend. More details about each weekend’s offerings can be found here.

One of the highlighted events is the third annual Gingerbread Building Contest, held from noon-2 p.m. on December 9 at the Water Street Inn.

The community is invited to pull out their rolling pins, grab a frosting bag and build gingerbread houses for submission in our Gingerbread Building Contest. The contest is open to all ages and skill levels. Prizes will be awarded to kids under 15 and Adults 15+.

There is a $20 application fee to participate and participants will receive a $20 ChamberBucks certificate onsite at the event, as a thank you! ChamberBucks can be used at over 90 local businesses and don’t expire. Registration for entry in the contest can be found on the Greater Stillwater Chamber’s website.

Community members can view and vote the entries of homemade gingerbread houses from Noon until 2 pm at Water Street Inn! Watch our local City councils build their gingerbread houses on site–they are in it to win it.!

Hometown for the Holidays is brought to you by the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Foundation and supported by the City of Stillwater, Discover Stillwater/Convention and Visitors Bureau and local businesses.


Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce
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Water Street Inn
101 Water St S
Stillwater, MN 55082
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