Gingerbread Wonderland!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 / 10 comments
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Recently the Frelinghuysen Arboretum celebrated their 20th annual Gingerbread Wonderland. Participants created displays made almost entirely of gingerbread and candies. Throughout the week, visitors voted for their favorites and there were three "winners", although everyone who participated showed great creativity!

The first photo below is a Monopoly set made out of gingerbread. Very appropriate, since the classic Monopoly set is based on Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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The iconic Cape May Lighthouse:

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Log Cabin:

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iPhone with apps:

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Here are some classic gingerbread houses:

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House of Cards:

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I love the Gingerbread Man!


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Snoopy's Doghouse:

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A beautiful building:

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Girls Around the World (many entries were from Girl Scout Troops):

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A September 11th Tribute:

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Which entries won the hearts of visitors?

Here are the winners of the People's Choice Contest! 

I had a feeling I knew which one would win, because I heard many people discussing how much they liked it. It's classically New Jersey with the lighthouse and the wonderful beach, and it obviously took many hours to create, including all the figures on the beach and in the sea. I was right!

First prize:

"A Day At The Beach." 

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Second Prize:

"The Nutcracker"

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Third Prize:

"The Birdhouse"

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For more about Frelinghuysen Arboretum and the Gingerbread Wonderland, including photos of all the wonderful entries, click here.

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  1. Caite@ a lovely shore breezeDecember 20, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    you know I love the lighthouses...and the winner would have gotten my vote too! excellent post!

  2. Yes, I loved the winner! Actually, I enjoyed them all! Thanks!

  3. These are fantastic loved the Monopoly board, the winner is amazing ans so detailed well done to all ;-)

    Have a great Christmas :-)

  4. Oh my look at all that gingerbread!!!  SOOO hard to pick a few favorites, but I love the nutcracker, the log cabin, and the hedgehogs!

  5. Oh wow!  So much creativity!  Very cool! :)

    Celebrating with Chuck

  6. I love the Monopoly board, too. All of them are great :) Merry Christmas.

  7. Lots of gingerbread. I kept wanting to eat them.

  8. They sure are. So much work and pride went into them.

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