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The Cleveland Botanical Garden’s winter show opens Saturday, November 19th and runs through Saturday, December 31st and will celebrate the historic character of Cleveland’s neighborhoods as they are all aglow for the holiday season. The indoor and outdoor gardens will pay a festive holiday homage to the beautiful blocks that knit neighborhoods, people, and plants together. Guests seeking a holiday escape a little farther from home can enter the Madagascar and Costa Rica Glasshouses, transformed in the spirit of the season with special horticultural displays, lights, and “postcard” vignettes referencing iconic towns within the spiny desert and cloud forest.

Be sure to visit the Garden during your chosen session to see your house on display. All gingerbread house submissions will receive 2 general admission tickets to see the exhibit, valid through Saturday, December 31, 2022. 

Holden Forests & Gardens Gift Card Prizes for 2022 

Entries will be judged by the public therefore prizes will be announced at the end of each session. 
1ST PLACE: $150 | 2ND PLACE: 1 Year Family Membership | 3RD PLACE: 1 Year Individual Membership 

Important Dates & Deadlines 

Entry Deadline: November 8 


Drop Off: November 16, from 8am-noon 
Display Dates: November 19-December 11 
Pick Up: December 12, from 8am-noon 

Click here to register for Session 1


Drop Off: December 12, from 8am-noon 
Display Dates: December 13-December 31 
Pick Up: January 2, from 8am-noon 

Click here to register for Session 2

Guidelines & Liability 

  • When signing up you must choose a session – #1 will be on display Nov. 19-Dec. 11 and #2 from Dec . 13-Dec.31 
  • There is a limited capacity for each session, so please only sign up if you plan to participate 
  • House must be received on a flat base that is between 1/4” – 3/4” thick (preferably plywood)•The base should be painted, decorated to create a complementary scene, or covered with foil 
  • The base for your house should be between 10”x 10” to 15”x 24” 
  • Drop Off and Pick Up is at the entrance at 11030 East Blvd. between 8am-noon on the designated dates only 
  • Houses not picked up by noon on their designated Pick Up date will be discarded 
  • When dropping off your house, the Entry Form must be included 
  • Holden Forests & Gardens does not guarantee the safety or security of entries and cannot be held responsible for damages incurred during exhibition 

Holden Forests & Gardens reserves the right to: 

  • Refuse any entry it deems inappropriate for display 
  • Photograph and use images of any or all entries for purposes of promotion 


For any questions, please contact Anita Burton at 

Please print and return this form when you drop off your gingerbread house

Must be dropped off with entry

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