No other confection says Christmas quite like gingerbread — part spicy, part sweet. As the holiday season gets into full swing, families have assorted opportunities to get up close and personal with this delicious delight, from creating cute crafts to building and viewing houses. Read on to find gingerbread-themed events coming soon to a town near you.
• Through December, eagle-eyed explorers try to find 10 tiny gingerbread men hidden in store windows in downtown Middlebury. Click for info.
• Fanciful Cinderella-themed abodes are on display at the Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit at the Vermont Folklife Center, Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7; Tuesday to Saturday, December 10-14; and Tuesday to Friday, December 17-20. Click for info.
• Sweet-toothed boys and girls construct houses out of graham crackers then decorate them at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, Saturday, December 7, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Click for info.
• Little artists decorate gingerbread boys and girls with felt clothes and accessories at this drop-in crafting session at Creative Habitat in South Burlington. Saturday, December 7, 1-3 p.m. Click for info.
• Kids use candy canes, gumdrops and frosting to construct sugary dwellings after school at the ArtisTree Community Arts Center in Woodstock. Tuesday, December 10, 3:30-5 p.m. Click for info.
• At the Around the World Celebration in Essex Junction, gingerbread house-making is in the lineup, along with cookie decorating and pictures with Santa. Friday, December 13, 4-6 p.m. Click for info.
• At Family Day at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, revelers are treated to an afternoon of dreidel games, art activities and gingerbread house-decorating. Saturday, December 14, 1-4 p.m. Click for info.
• The Gingerbread Man is one of the many holiday characters who joins diners for a character pancake breakfast at the Middlebury Inn. Saturday, December 14, 8:30 & 10 a.m. Click for info.
• A puppet-show version of The Gingerbread Man delights young audience members at the Milton Public Library. Monday, December 30, 10 a.m. Click for info.