Who doesn’t love gingerbread houses? Especially gingerbread houses built for a good cause.

Sweet Treats for a Good Cause

Human Services Programs (HSP) hosts this event every year to help raise money for and spread awareness about the homeless of Carroll County.

Residents of Westminster have all created their gingerbread houses, and now have entered them into the contest. The prizes are as follows:

  • People’s Choice Award – $100
  • Judges Favorite – $75
  • Most Creative – $50
  • Best Holiday Spirit – $25
  • People’s Choice-Best Group Entry (over 18) – $25
  • People’s Choice-Best Group Entry (under 18) – $25

You can vote for the People’s Choice Award, and while each vote has a small fee, all proceeds go to support the HSP. Last year the event raised nearly $8,000, which helped buy necessary items for homeless shelters in Westminster and Carroll County.

Stupendous Gingerbread Houses

If you can’t make it in person, just take a look at our gallery!

Happy holidays everyone!


The festival is located at the Winchester Exchange Building at 15 E. Main Street, Westminster, MD 21157.