Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Contest

Information and Contest Rules

Get ready to pull our your icing and decorations and enter the Christmas in Bloom Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Contest! Your entry will be on display at Christmas in Bloom on Saturday, November 27 at The Garden Shop at Select Growers Garden Center, 4391 State Route 11, DeLeon Springs, Florida.

Cookies ready to be decorated must be picked up at the West Volusia Historical Society Conrad Center at 137 W Michigan Avenue in DeLand and taken home for decorating. They will be returned to the Conrad Center and transported to the Christmas in Bloom event where they will be judged and prizes awarded.

This is an outdoor event sponsored by the West Volusia Historical Society, held under the beautiful pavilion at Select Growers in DeLeon Springs. This beautiful outdoor location is a large pavilion for a rain or shine event! In addition to the Gingerbread Contest, there will be a  Makers’ Guild Gift Shop,  delicious baked treats in our Bake Shop and a Silent Auction of great activity & crafts baskets. And you can take your picture  with our BIG Sock Monkey. This will be a fun event for the whole family. There is no cost to attend Christmas in Bloom and there is plenty of parking. For more details about Christmas in Bloom, click on this link.

Registration is Required.  You may register in person or by phone at 386-740-6813.

Pick up a baked cookie to decorate (wrapped on a numbered round cake board) between Nov 2 and Nov 16 at the Conrad Center, 137 W Michigan Avenue, DeLand.

Take the cookie home and decorated however you wish; the cookie is attached to the display board. HINT: remember that cookies must be covered with a clear wrapper (Saran wrap, etc.) so use frosting that hardens!

Return the decorated cookie (wrapped and on the numbered board) to the West Volusia Historical Society/ Conrad Center either on:
                          Tuesday, November 24th between 1 and 4 pm  OR
                          Friday, November 26th between 9 am and 1 pm.

Entries will be transported to the Christmas in Bloom event at Select Growers Garden Center where they will be displayed and judged with prizes awarded at 1 pm on Saturday, November 27.

Judges will be looking for creativity and neatness. The gingerbread cookies can be decorated as boys or girls, traditional or contemporary, but must follow a holiday theme.

Christmas in Bloom attendees will also be able to vote for People’s Choice awards by dropping coins into jars at each cookie entry.

NOTE: Entries not picked up at Christmas in Bloom will be discarded at the end of the event. You do not have to be present to receive a prize; winners will be notified.

Rules and additional information

Questions? Contact is at 386/740.6813 or email:


Christmas in Bloom

Who can enter the contest?  We have several ages categories for children: ages 5 and under, 6 - 8 years old, 9 - 12 years and 13 - 16 years of age.

Deadline to Register. Tuesday, November 16th.  Registration Fee - $5 per person

Deadline Extended!  Call 386-740-6813 if you are interested in participating.