Glow Gingerbread Showcase 

Participant Rules

Be part of the Botanical Garden’s beloved holiday event Glow, by creating a gingerbread house to be on display at the show. Your unique creation will be seen by thousands of visitors who celebrate the holidays with a visit to Glow between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Amateurs and professionals alike are encouraged to take part in this popular holiday tradition and show off their skill and creativity.

If you provide a gingerbread house for the showcase, you will receive four complimentary tickets to Glow good between November 24 and December 31, 2017!

Please note that we will not have a separate competitive category this year. All accepted gingerbread houses will be part of the showcase and all entrants will receive complimentary tickets to Glow.

Submission Rules

1. Participants must register to be part of the showcase by November 12, 2017. Registrations received after November 12 will not be accepted. Unregistered houses will not be accepted to be on display.

2. All registered entries must be delivered to the Cleveland Botanical Garden at the East Blvd. entrance near the library between the hours of 2 - 7pm on Monday, November 20 or 10am - 3pm on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. The entries will remain on display at the Garden through December 31, 2017.

3. The gingerbread house must be delivered in completed form, attached to a base enabling it to be freestanding. The overall base size cannot exceed 18” x 20”.

4. Lit gingerbread houses are welcome, and must be indicated as such on the registration form. Battery operated lighting only please.

5. When delivering your house on November 20 or 21, please provide two (2) 3” x 5” cards listing your name, address, phone, and email address.

6. Entries must be picked up on January 2, 2017, between 9am and 5pm. The Garden reserves the right to dispose of entries remaining after that time.

7. The Garden reserves the right to photograph entries for promotional purposes. Photography becomes the property of Cleveland Botanical Garden.

8. The Garden reserves the right to take necessary precautions and actions related to possible insect infestation of the gingerbread house including but not limited to clear-coating a house or discarding it.

9. The Garden reserves the right to stop accepting entries before November 12 if we receive more entries than we have room to display.

10. The Garden reserves the right to choose the display location for all gingerbread houses.

11. The Garden is not responsible for lost or damaged gingerbread houses.

12. All entrants will receive a confirmation email after their submission form has been reviewed by Garden staff.

If you have any questions, please email us at


Registration is now closed.