TOPEKA – Topeka Performing Arts Center will host its annual Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays Friday, November 19th through Sunday, November 21st, with an open house on Thursday, November 18th during the Downtown Shop Crawl. This annual event includes holiday entertainment such as a visit from Santa Claus, the Hayden High School Bell Choir and more. It also features a silent auction and the opportunity to build your own home.
Events include the Capitol Federal Graham Cracker Junction, the Holiday Boutique, Sweet Tooth Lane and a Gingerbread Homes display that will be fun for everyone in the family. Graham Cracker Junction allows guests to build their own houses out of graham crackers, icing, and candy. The Holiday Boutique offers holiday crafts, ornaments and more for sale. Sweet Tooth Lane offers homemade candy and baked goods to take home or give as a gift this season.
Professional and aspiring bakers have entered their creations into the annual Gingerbread Homes Contest and many of these bakers have generously donated them to the silent auction. These homes will be on display throughout the weekend.
Contest winners will be announced at 6:00 PM on Thursday, Nov. 18th during the Open House. Judges for this competition include several longtime friends of TPAC. John Hunter, was a member of the initial planning and fundraising team to turn the building from the Municipal Auditorium to the Topeka Performing Arts Center. TPAC’s First Volunteer Coordinator and former Board Member, Monique Pittman-Lui, will judge along with Jim Allen, General Manager of KTPK, 106.9 Country Legends.
Proceeds from Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays benefit the Topeka Performing Arts Center’s Youth education programs; including Sheffel Theater Clinic.
The festivities begin with an open house on Thursday Nov. 18th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 p.m. Tickets to the event are available at the door for $3/per person, $12/per family of 5-9 and $2/per person for groups of 10 or more. Event hours are Friday, November 19th – 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 20th – 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, November 21st – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.