Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce’s 15th Annual Gingerbread Festival to be held in new location

Roanoke Valley News

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — The annual community tradition continues but in a new location!

The Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce’s 15th Annual Gingerbread Festival will take place on Dec. 5. The annual festival is usually held at the Salem Public Library, but it will be held at the Salem Museum and Longwood Park this year. Hosting the event at Longwood Park will only for adequate social distancing. Small groups will be able to view the gingerbread houses during the festival.

“Even with the changes made to the Gingerbread Festival to keep the event safe, it will still be a chance to get out and have fun and be festive for the holidays! I think we all need that this year. And we also need to try to keep the traditions that have been so important in the past to help make things feel more normal in this year that has been anything but normal!”

Susan Mini, Committee Chair

The Gingerbread Festival includes a Gingerbread House Competition, social distancing visits with Santa, keepsake Santa drawings, gingerbread cookie decorating kits, s’mores, character visits, food and craft vendors, and more. The museum’s Christmas model train will also be on display.

Community members, businesses, Master chefs, and families are invited to deliver their Gingerbread Houses for the competition to the Salem Museum between Nov. 24 and Nov. 28 (excluding Thanksgiving Day), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash prizes are available in each category:

  • Youth ages under 11
  • Ages 11-14 category
  • Ages 15-19 category
  • Amateur Adult
  • Business and Masters (Chefs).
  • Little Chefs, aged 7 and under, are invited to submit a non-competitive entry and will receive a keepsake ornament for participating.

In addition, the top 3 finishers in the four youth categories (19 and under) will receive a pair of Salem Fair Ride Passes.

New this year, the gingerbread houses will be available for viewing and voting from Nov. 28 to Dec. 5 during regular Museum operating hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds from the competition and silent auction will benefit the Salem Museum.

“The Salem Museum is thrilled to host the Gingerbread House Contest this year! With five floors of exhibits, we have plenty of room for visitors and families to spread out and enjoy all the entries. We can’t wait to see all the marvelous, magical gingerbread creations!”

Fran Ferguson, Executive Director, Salem Museum

When visiting, keep in mind that the museum has a strict mask wearing policy.

Gingerbread house competition entry, Vendor Forms, and additional information are available at or by calling (540) 387-0267.

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