34th Annual Gingerbread Gallery

November 22, 2019 – January 5, 2020

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

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Grand Opening on Friday, November 29 from 5 – 9 PM

Cookies and cocoa all night and live music from Merry Mischief following the tree lighting in Clinton Square.

Holidays in the City

Saturday, December 7 from 10AM – 5PM

Visit us during the Holidays in the City, presented by Advance Media New York, in partnership with the Downtown Committee. The Museum and the Gingerbread Gallery are open from 10AM to 5PM with a Gingerbread Workshop at 1PM. Other Holidays in the City activities include real reindeer in Hanover Square, a “smart” Santa experience at City Hall Commons Atrium, strolling carolers, and a Holiday Window Walk. Click here for more information about Holidays in the City.

Children’s Gingerbread House Workshops

Saturday, December 14, Saturday, December 28 & Monday, December 30 at 11AM & 1PM

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, as space is limited. 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) 471-0593×12 to receive the Member discount when registering.

If you are interested in scheduling a private Gingerbread Workshop for your group, click here for more information.

Gingerbread Build + Sip

December 11 from 5PM to 7PM

Join us in the Gingerbread Gallery to build your own house using graham crackers and a variety of edible decorations (milk cartons are optional) while sipping on a tasty beverage from our cash bar while listening to festive music with friends. This fun program is back by popular demand and is open to ages 21 and over.  If you pre-register, admission is $12 for the general public and $10 for Members (click here to join and save). Admission goes up to $15 at the door. Members should call us at (315) 471-0593 to receive their discounted admission price.

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.

Interested in being a Gingerbread Architect? Subscribe below to receive our call for bakers in September.

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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 dozens of 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.”