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Gettysburg's Gingerbread House Celebration makes for two great day trip opportunities

Get into the holiday spirit in a most gingerly fashion. Come out to Gettysburg, PA on Dec. 3 and 4 for a Gingerbread House Celebration. Presented by the Historic Gettysburg Hotel and Gettysburg Festival, visitors are invited to come out and experience a most enjoyable, edible experience.

But these creations, by the area’s best chefs and artisans, will look just too good to eat. A gallery of gingerbread houses will adorn the Gettysburg Hotel as visitors stroll about browsing. You are welcome to place bids on your own gingerbread masterpiece to benefit the Gettysburg Festival. Visitors are invited to vote for their favorite gingerbread creation. Awarded prizes include: The People's Choice Award for Best of Show, which is a cash prize of $250 sponsored by The Christmas Haus; a Second Place cash prize of $150 sponsored by Judie and John Butterfield, and a Third Place $100 gift card sponsored by Kennie's Markets.

Events kickoff on Friday at 5 p.m. with a holiday party. An admission charge of $10 will cover complimentary champagne and hors d'oeuvres for the party and allows eager visitors the first opportunity to view the gingerbread houses and place bids. All Friends of the Festival receive complimentary tickets to Friday's party. The good times will keep rolling on until 8 p.m.

Saturday’s festivities begin at 10 a.m. with family-oriented activities and free admission. Enjoy free entertainment, face-painting and even enroll your child in a gingerbread workshop for a fee of $15. Early registration is recommended. Events will continue on to 2 p.m.

If you are an aspiring culinary artist who wishes to participate in this event, registration is currently underway. Phillip Murray, General Manager of the Gettysburg Hotel, wishes to touch the lives of underprivileged children in the Gettysburg area and has placed a challenge to other Gettysburg-area businesses and individuals to sponsor area children and allow them the opportunity to create holiday memories by making gingerbread houses complete with snowy frosting and colorful candies. Mr. Murray and his family have sponsored the first ten underprivileged children with the first donation of $150. You can also help to make holiday "visions of gingerbread dancing in their heads" come true for area children by calling 717-334-0853 or e-mailing info@gettysburgfestival.org.

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