33rd Annual Gingerbread Gallery

November 19, 2018 – January 6, 2019

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 23 from 5 – 9 PM

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


Children’s Gingerbread House Workshops

Sat., December 8 & Thur., December 27 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.

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


Gingerbread Build + Sip

Thursday, December 13 at 5 – 6:30 PM & 7-8:30 PM

Join us in the Gingerbread Gallery provides 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. Admission is $10 for Museum members and $12 for the general public. Tickets are available here for two sessions: 5:00 – 6:30 PM and 7:00 – 8:30 PM.


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.”