Confectionery Creations at the Erie Canal Museum

Doors open Friday, November 22 to the 34th annual Gingerbread Gallery to benefit the Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East in downtown Syracuse. This exhibit, which began as a one-day display in 1986, celebrates the Erie Canal, the holidays, and local landmarks with confectionery creations made by professional and amateur bakers of all ages. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through January 5, 2020. Proceeds support the Museum’s educational programs, exhibits, research, and community outreach.

Admission to the Gingerbread Gallery is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $2 for children 12 and under, and free for Museum members. The exhibit and the Museum are open until 9 p.m. Friday, November 29, with free cookies and cocoa starting at 5 p.m. and music by Merry Mischief after the tree-lighting ceremony in Clinton Square. The exhibit and the Museum are closed November 28, December 25 and January 1, and close at 2 p.m. December 24 and 31.

The Museum is offering gingerbread workshops for children and families at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. December 14, 28, and 30. Children and families learn how to make their own gingerbread house-like creations to take home using milk cartons, graham crackers, icing, and a variety of decorations. Admission is $8 per child for Museum members and $12 per child for non-members, and includes all materials and admission to the Gingerbread Gallery. Pre-registration is required at Members should call 315-471-0593, extension 10 to reserve a spot.

The third annual Gingerbread Build + Sip at the Museum takes place on Wednesday, December 11 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. This creative event features stations with a variety of ingredients guests can use to make their own gingerbread-like houses while enjoying holiday music, snacks and refreshments. Advance sale tickets are $12 for the general public, and may be purchased at Tickets are also available at the door for $15 per person. Museum members are asked to phone (315) 471-0593, extension 12, to register and receive the discounted admission price. The Gingerbread Build + Sip is for ages 21 and older.

Admission to the Erie Canal Museum is free with a suggested $5 donation. For more information on this exhibit and the Museum’s programs, email

The Erie Canal Museum is partially funded by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.