Bakers Invited to Participate in the Erie Canal Museum’s 37th Annual Gingerbread Gallery

Santa's Canal by Cassie Bunker. Photo by Daylight Blue Media

The Erie Canal Museum in downtown Syracuse invites bakers of all ages to register for the 37th Annual Gingerbread Gallery, a display of confectionery creations that celebrates the holidays and the Erie Canal. Each year the Erie Canal Museum Weighlock Gallery transforms into a festive 1800’s canal town street scene with gingerbread creations on display in storefront windows. Find all the details and register to participate at

Registrations to participate in the Gingerbread Gallery are accepted through Thursday, November 3. Anyone can participate in the Confectioners Competition, which is the only category that has an entry fee, but also competes for a cash prize! The other categories, which are free to enter and compete for ribbons, are Youth, Senior, and General. While having an Erie Canal themed gingerbread creation, it is encouraged. Each year, the judges award a special ribbon for the creation with the best incorporation of the Erie Canal.

“The creativity of our community amazes me every year,” says Natalie Stetson, Executive Director of the Erie Canal Museum, “There is always something new that I’ve not yet seen made out of gingerbread!” There are usually more than 30 creations on display, with submissions varying from canal boats to Santa’s workshop. The Gingerbread Gallery, in its 37th year, is part of the holiday tradition for thousand of Central New York families.

The 37th Annual Gingerbread Gallery will be on display from Friday, November 18, 2022 through Sunday, January 8, 2022. The Museum is open daily from 10 AM to 4 PM, but closes at 2 PM on December 24 and 31, and is closed all day November 24, December 25, and January 1. On Friday, November 25, the Museum will be open until 8 PM with live music from Merry Mischief from 4 -6 PM. Admission to the Erie Canal Museum during the Gingerbread Gallery is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $4 for children (3-18) and free for children 2 & under. All Museum Members receive a Family Pass good for admission for up to six people during the Gingerbread Gallery. Memberships start at $40 and can be purchased online or at the Museum.

Established in 1962, the Erie Canal Museum preserves and showcases the only existing weighlock building in the United States, and shares the history and impact of the Erie Canal through permanent and changing exhibits, interactive displays, audio narratives, and original artifacts. The Erie Canal Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. The Erie Canal Museum is funded in part by a Humanities New York SHARP Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal American Rescue Plan Act. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed by the Erie Canal Museum do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information about the Erie Canal Museum, visit or email

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