Gingerbread House Decorating Workshops

Cue the twinkling lights and seasonal music and join us for our annual Gingerbread House Decorating Workshops!  Your freshly baked gingerbread house waits for your family decorate it with handmade icing and a vast assortment of holiday candy.  We also offer allergen-free workshops for families with food allergies so that everyone can participate in the fun!

Space is limited and tickets will not be sold at the door. We sold out quickly last year so be sure to sign up now!  

We hope to see you there!


Tickets go on sale November 1st! 

A note about the workshops: Both Allergy Free and Regular Workshops are full of delicious gingerbread, sweet sticky icing, and a wide variety of candies.


Event Details

Saturday, December 14

  • 11am Allergy Free Workshop

  • 2pm Workshop

  • 4:30pm Workshop

Saturday, December 21

  • 11am Allergy Free Workshop

  • 2pm Workshop

What is it?

Our elves will provide you, your family and guests with your own handmade gingerbread house, bowls of homemade royal icing, and heaps of candy so that you can create your own confectionery masterpiece.

Who should attend?

This is a family friendly event, and we’ve found that the best gingerbread houses are made with teamwork. It’s a perfect project to include parents, grandparents, playmates, and siblings.


Cost: $40 per house



Family Preschool
4907 Garrett Road
Durham, NC 27707

(Family Preschool is located in the back of the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship campus. Look for the gingerbread balloons and twinkling lights to lead the way!)

A Note About the Allergy Free Workshops

We know that the holidays can be a particularly tough time to be a kid with food allergies, which is why we are proud to offer one of the only allergy sensitive events in the area.  In the Allergy Free Workshops, all ingredients and materials are gluten, dairy, egg and nut free! (If you have any questions about other allergens or how we keep the area free from cross contamination, feel free to email us at the address below.) But please don't be shy about signing up for an allergy-free spot even if allergies are not a concern for your family. The distinction is meant to be INCLUSIVE, not exclusive. The candy selection will still be extensive, the houses solidly baked, and the royal icing very sweet and sticky!

Family Preschool is very grateful to Imagine That Gluten Free Bakery ( for making the gluten-free houses..  Thank you for making this event possible!


What are past Gingerbread workshop families saying?

“The Gingerbread workshop was the perfect holiday event for our family.  Relaxed and chill enough for my sleeping 5 mo old, yet engaging and fun for my preschooler.  It was a much needed break from the chaos!”

“I brought my 2 year old and her friend.  They had a blast and a year later, my daughter is still talking about it!  She already considers it a holiday tradition."

"This has been a true blessing to my family.  Allergy parents sometimes have to spend a large amount of energy and resources to provide their kids with normal everyday things.  This is the only event I have attended where food was involved that I have felt relaxed at and where my children could eat anything they wanted.  We were happy with the variety and asked for the few things we wanted more of and that worked out just great. I hope you all continue to have this event, and I am truly thankful for it!"

“My son has a peanut allergy.  It was so nice for me to be able to tell him that he could eat anything he wanted and could eat and create and there was no stress at all.  And, it was super nice for me as a parent – I would have easily spent as much purchasing 1 bag of each candy just so he could have a variety of candy and with no one to really split the cost.  Thank you!  Thank you! Thank you!!!"

“I brought my own three kids plus a friend to a workshop, and all four of them had a great time working on two houses. The quantity and variety of candy was definitely very sufficient! After the workshop, I was quietly offered the option of taking home our unused candy which I declined, though I'm sure my girls would have jumped at the offer if it hadn't been whispered to me only. (Thanks to whichever mom knew to ask me quietly!)”

This is a fundraising event for Family Preschool, a Family Run cooperative Preschool. 
Proceeds from the event provide tuition scholarships and enrich the learning of our children.  
If you have any questions or would like to contact the event organizer, please email us at

We sincerely appreciate your support!