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Gingerbread House Display & Contest – Portsmouth Historical Society

December 9, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 22, 2021


A cherished local tradition offers indoor & outdoor viewing again this year! Portsmouth Historical Society will be spreading out the gingerbread creations for everyone to view and enjoy both at the Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center (Open Daily 10-5pm) and throughout downtown in shops and restaurant windows!

Portsmouth Historical Society is celebrating this sweet season with the 31th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibition from Friday November 26 through Wednesday December 22. Taking it to the streets of Portsmouth allows for an additional alternative to keeping visitors safer in 2021. Come join the fun and enjoy the magic of the season throughout downtown!

  • Opening reception & announcement of judges’ awards: Coinciding with the kickoff of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth, we will be offering cider and cookies from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, December 3.

The displays are open to the public at Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center daily from 10am to 5pm.

Downtown Gingerbread House Scavenger Hunt:

Find all the Gingerbread Houses in Portsmouth store windows. Get your Scavenger Hunt form stamped by the shop. Then turn it in to Discover Portsmouth by 12/22 and be eligible for a giveaway.

Here’s How to Enter:

Step One: Get a Stamp Sheet
Download & print or pick one up at the Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center or at participating retailers (while supplies last).

Step Two: Collect the Stamps
Stop by each of the locations listed and present your sheet for a stamp!

Step Three: Turn It in (by 12/22)
Fill out the contact information at the bottom of the page and return it to the Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center at 10 Middle Street or submit a photo or scan to for a chance to win a prize.

Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center
10 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 436-8433


December 9, 2021
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Portsmouth Historical Society
10 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801 United States
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