The 36th annual Gingerbread Festival kicks off on Friday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) – For the 36th year, the Festival of Gingerbread returns to the History Center in downtown Fort Wayne.

The festival opened to the public at 9 a.m. on Friday and lasts until Sunday, December 19. You can stop by Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The seasonal event features over a hundred elaborate and sweet gingerbread creations. Inside, you’ll find recreations like Disney Castle, unique candy sculptures, and even models of familiar locations here in town.

Artists compete for first place in the K-2, 3-6, teen, adult, family, and elite age groups. Last reward, the “People’s Choice Award” will be awarded at the end of the festival.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for ages 3-17 and ages 65+. History Center members and children two and under get in free, according to organizers. The ticket price also includes entry to the History Center.

If you can’t make it in person, the center also offers a “Virtual Gingerbread Tour,” a professionally produced video tour that showcases each gingerbread creation. Learn more about virtual tours and see the full list of center events here.

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