The holidays start early at St. George's Episcopal Church in Middlebury, CT, most notably marked by the distinct warm scents of gingerbread and candies wafting through the halls. This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the beloved Gingerbread Village and Christmas Bazaar, and promises to be an extra special celebration full of both joy and delight.
Fifty years ago, the village humbly began as a few small gingerbread houses in the corner of the church Christmas Bazaar. Today it has evolved into a week long tradition cherished by the entire community. This December, come back and visit for the very first time, or for the 50th! Experience everything this magical occasion has to offer.
Each piece displayed in the village is handcrafted and completely edible. Houses are often built from not just gingerbread, but pretzels, pasta, beans, candies, gum and breakfast cereal. In addition to houses, visitors will likely see sleigh riders, snowman, reindeer and perhaps even Santa. All items are on sale and will be available for pick up on the final day.
In addition to the village, gingerbread kit houses will also be for sales which provide everything needed to create your own masterpiece at home. The bazaar offers a bake shoppe (with delicious breads, cookies, cakes, muffins etc.), the opportunity to decorate your own gingerbread cookie (fun for all ages), raffle baskets galore (with many great gifts), and our own version of dollar store with holiday items. The children of St. George's will again host a room with Christmas crafts for sale. The proceeds go to support their mission work with the Indian nation of South Dakota.
Lunch will be available on Saturday December 2nd and Saturday December 9th from 11:00am to 2:30pm. All you can eat breakfast on December 9th from 8:30-11am.
Village hours are Saturday December 2 - 10 am to 7pm, Sunday Dec 3 – 12(Noon) to 7pm. Monday through Friday 2:00 pm-4:00pm, 6pm-8pm. Saturday, December 9th - 10am-4pm. As always, parking and admission are free (donations welcomed). The church is handicap accessible.
For more information, please visit www.gingerbreadvillagect.com.