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: Arthur R. Baxter YMCA
Address: 7900 Shelby St. Indianapolis, IN
When: Friday, December 6th from 6pm to 8pm
Cost: Free for Members
This event is very affordable and fun for the whole family! You will be supplied with graham crackers, icing, and the candy for decoration. You supply the creativity, enthusiasm, and fun! FREE for members and $5 for guests.
Where: Broad Ripple Park – Indy Parks and Recreation
Address: 1550 Broad Ripple Ave. Indianapolis, IN
When: Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th from 10 am to 11:15 am
Use graham crackers to make your very own delicious gingerbread house to enjoy throughout the holiday season. Plenty of candy and sweets will be provided for you to use to decorate your house. Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult. This event is for children between the ages of 2 and 11. Classes fill up fast, so sign up as soon as possible! Pre-registration is required.
Where: Garfield Park Burrello Family Center – Indy Parks and Recreation
Address: 2345 Pagoda Dr. Indianapolis, IN
When: Saturday, December 7th from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Cost: $9 per child and supervising adult is free!
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!
Where: Line+Form Art Center
Address:902 E. 17th St. Indianapolis, IN 46202
When: Saturday, December 7th from 10 am to 11 am and noon to 1 pm
Cost: $45 for event
Line+Form is an ideal location if making a whimsical gingerbread house is your child’s style! There will be full buffet of all the sweets you could ever need to create a tasty and festive gingerbread cottage. There will be 2 classes available on Saturday depending on age group. Click on the link above to find all the details and to redirect to the specific class you will need.
Where: St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church and Parish Hall
Address: 1870 W. Oak St. Zionsville, IN
When: Saturday, December 21st from 1 pm to 4 pm
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. This family friendly event will also include a hot cocoa bar, holiday treats, and a visit from Santa! This is a public event, everyone is welcome, advance ticket purchase is required and space is limited. Click the link above to see the event page and to register!
Indy without Kids Idea
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.
Where: Metazoa Brewing Company
Address: 140 S. College Ave. Indianapolis, IN
When: Wednesday, December 11th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Cost: $22/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 $22/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 – day of tickets will increase to $25/each.