The holiday season brings along with it many traditions. One that I particularly enjoy is building and decorating a candy covered gingerbread house. Indianapolis has a few events around the city this month where you can register and go in to create your own masterpiece. There is something so satisfying about carefully constructing a gingerbread house to only later destroy it and devour the delightful candies and spiced cookies.
Where to Build
Garfield Park Burrello Family Center – Indy Parks and Recreation
2345 Pagoda Dr. Indianapolis, IN
Friday, December 17 from 5:30-6:30 pm & Saturday, December 18 from 11 am-Noon
Cost: $8 per person
One of the best parts of making a gingerbread house somewhere other than your own home is that the mess is elsewhere! Get ready for some messy fun! They will provide graham crackers, candy, icing and all the fixings to create your very own milk carton gingerbread house!
Krannert Park- Indy Parks and Recreation
Friday, December 17 from 5-7 pm
Create your own gingerbread houses made from graham crackers perfect for little hands. Your house will be decorated with all sorts of sweets. Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Gingerbread House Decorating Kit and Santa Visit
The Caring Center, 6653 Westminster Drive, Zionsville
Sunday, December 12 from Noon-5 pm
Cost: $50 for one house and 5 minute private Santa visit, 100 for 2 houses and 5 minute private Santa visit
All proceeds from this event will benefit The Caring Center of Boone County. A pre-assembled gingerbread house ready for decoration will be provided to you. Icing and assorted festive candies will also be included. Register for a time frame to come and pick up your gingerbread houses and meet with the big guy himself. Pick up is at the Stonegate Clubhouse in Zionsville.
Gingerbread House Kit
IKEA in Fishers
December 11th from 10 am-2 pm
IKEA Fishers will have gingerbread house kits available for children 12 and under. Each kit will include a gingerbread house, icing, sprinkles, and gummies. One kit per family. While supplies last. Must RSVP to receive kit. Offer valid only at IKEA Fishers on Saturday, December 11, 2021, from 10am-Noon. While supplies last. One gingerbread house kit per family. Attendees must be registered to participate.
Gingerbread & Jammies
West Lafayette Wellness Center
1101 Kalberer Road, West Lafayette
Cost: $20/family; additional houses $10
Dress up in your favorite pajamas and decorate a gingerbread house with your family. Houses are $20 per family with each additional house costing $10. Cookies and hot cocoa will also be available. Registration is required. Check out the West Lafayette Parks and Recreation page for more information.
Indy Without Kids Gingerbread House
If you are feeling inspired to decorate your own gingerbread house without the helping hands of little ones there is an event for you too! If you need a night out to relive your childhood Metazoa Brewing Company is having a gingerbread house decorating event as well.
Gingerbread Building and Beers
Metazoa Brewing Company
140 S. College Avenue, Indianapolis
Friday, December 17 from 6-8 pm
Cost: $10/per person
What’s not to love about getting your holiday craft on while enjoying a pint of craft beer? Join Metazoa Brewing Company for a night of gingerbread house decorating, delicious beer, and lots of holiday spirit. Pre-sale tickets are $10/each and include a pre-assembled gingerbread house, icing, all the candy you need to decorate your creation, AND your first pint! Must be 21 or older to attend. Grab your pre-sale ticket early while supplies last. Dogs are welcome in the brewery as well!