November 20, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Open Daily from 10AM – 5PM
(10AM – 2PM on December 24 and 31, CLOSED December 25 and January 1)
$2 for children, $5 for seniors, and $7 for adults
Cookies and cocoa all night and live music from Merry Mischief following the tree lighting in Clinton Square. Free Ice Skating on the Erie Canal poster to the first 50 families at the top of each hour.
Saturday, December 2 at 11 AM
Award-winning author, journalist and Upstate New York native Sean Kirst will share insights from his life and career, and sign copies of his critically acclaimed book, The Soul of Central New York: Syracuse Stories by Sean Kirst. The Soul of Central New York is a collection of columns through which the author explores and reflects on the history and essence of the Central New York community. Bring your copy of Kirst’s book for an autograph, or purchase a copy in the Museum shop (members receive a 10 percent discount!). The event is free and open to the public..
Sat., December 9 & Thur., December 28 at 11 AM & 1 PM
After being inspired by the creations in the Gingerbread Gallery, children can create their own house to take home using milk cartons, graham crackers, icing and a vast array of decorative edibles.
Pre-registration is required. Registration is $8/child and FREE for accompany adults for Members and $12/child and $5/accompanying adult for the General Public. Members should call (315)471-0593 to receive the Member discount when registering. Both workshops on Saturday, December 9 are SOLD OUT!
Thursday, December 14 from 5 – 8 PM
This special event during the Erie Canal Museum’s Gingerbread Gallery features live music by Amanda Rogers, a cash bar and stations with everything you need to build your own house using graham crackers and a variety of edible decorations. Milk cartons are optional! This fun program is back by popular demand, and is open to ages 21 and over. Admission is $12 for Museum members and $15 for the general public. General public tickets are available here.
Saturday, December 16 at 11 AM
The Erie Canal Museum will host a free concert of holiday tunes by the City of Syracuse Stan Colella All Star Band under the direction of Joe Carello. These talented young musicians will perform a selection of seasonal favorites in the first-floor gallery of the Museum.
We are always looking for Gingerbread Ambassadors to help us welcome visitors to the Gingerbread Gallery each year. If you are interested in volunteering with us, click here.
Click here to download the 2017 Rules & Entry Form
The Erie Canal Museum’s annual Gingerbread Gallery started in 1986 as a one-day gingerbread auction. Its popularity has increased over the years, and it is now a six-week long event featuring over 30 gingerbread creations made by local bakers of all ages! Everyone is invited to participate in the Gingerbread Gallery.
From the Fall 1987 Erie Canal Museum Canal Packet Newsletter:
“On December 13, 1986, over 700 visitors toured the Weighlock Building to view the Museum Gingerbread Gallery and enjoy a day full of holiday entertainment. Choruses, carolers, and choirs of bells provided a musical background for visitors strolling down our nostalgic Gingerbread Lane, lined with storefronts right out of the 1800’s.
“Through the magic of theater set design the Museum’s second floor exhibition gallery became a canal town street complete with toy, curio, floral, and baked goods shops, all trimmed for the holidays. Proudly displayed in the window of each shop was a gingerbread work of art – a house, a train, and gingerbread models of local historic buildings – created by Syracuse’s finest bakers.”