The Texas Gingerbread Trail

Texas defined German roots in Texas means we celebrate the cookies, cakes and gingerbread families with love during the Christmas season and all year long!  From bakeries to Gingerbread Houses, you’re sure to find a favorite in these 15 incredible events around the state, and unlike the story of Hansel and Gretel, you won’t find any witches waiting inside!


National Gingerbread Cookie Day is November 21st, and National Gingerbread House Day is December 12th, but we all know that Gingerbread Season last from mid-November to New Year’s Eve!  Here’s some of our favorites places to find, eat and just see the incredible creations that come out this time of year, all across Texas!


1. The Gingerbread Stroll, Highland Park Village, Dallas

Each year from mid – late November, the Dallas’ top pastry chefs and bakeries create elaborate gingerbread houses that are displayed and silent auctioned at participating merchants. 100% of the proceeds raised benefit a selected Dallas children’s charity.  Click HERE to read more about this year’s event!

Candyland Gingerbread Castle at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas

2. The Candyland Gingerbread Castle at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas, 2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas 

Who needs a Gingerbread House when you can have a castle!  Hotel pastry chefs spent over 3 weeks and 50 lbs. of gingerbread to create this year’s masterpiece!  Click HERE for more information.

Daddy Ray’s Famous Gingerbread

3.  Daddy Ray’s Famous Gingerbread, 3520 Bluebonnet Circle, Fort Worth

At Daddy Rays, all they make is Gingerbread Cake, and you need to order in advance because all their cakes are freshly made to order!  Click HERE for more information.


4. Overton Hotel Lubbock, 2322 Mac Davis Lane, Lubbock

Benefitting the Texas Boys Ranch in See the Overton Hotel’s annual Gingerbread Display will be unveiled on Dec. 3rd- 21st.  Click HERE for more information.

Art Museum of South Texas

5. Gingerbread House Making Event at the Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi Learn the secrets of making a gingerbread house at this fun workshop for kids 5-12 and an adult!  Click HERE for more information!

6. Gingerbread Man 5K Irving  

Gingerbread Family 5K and Fun Run, Irving  Click HERE for more information.


7.  Austin Westin Hotel Gingerbread House, Austin

Not only can you walk into this lifesize house, but you can reserve the table and eat inside!  Click HERE for more information.

The Thinkery, Austin

8. Gingerbread Workshops at the Thinkery, Austin

Come out to learn the tricks of making a Gingerbread House with the whole family.  Click HERE for more information.

Guenther House, San Antonio

9.  Guenther House, San Antonio

Head to Guenther House in San Antonio to pick up some of their sweet gingerbread San Antonio River Brand Gingerbread Mix.  While there, enjoy dining in the home built in the 1920’s.


10.  Naegelin’s Bakery, New Braunfels

Of course, the oldest bakery in Texas has to be on the Gingerbread Trail!  Set in the German-immigrant town of New Braunfels, you’ll be treated to not only their homemade gingerbread men, but many other delightful treats!  Click HERE to visit their website.

11.  Take a selfie with Smitty, the World Largest Gingerbread Man, Smithville

East of Austin, Smithville gained attention when in 2006 they broke the Guiness Book of World Records with the largest Gingerbread Man!  While the cookie is long gone, Smitty’s likeness is commemorated in a monument in Downtown!  Click HERE to read more.

12. Gingerbread Build Off, Houston

Houston’s AIA, which also brings you the annual Sandcastle Build Off each June, has the ultimate Gingerbread Houses built not by bakers but by architects!  This fun event is open to the public and free to spectators, and includes a Kid’s Construction Zone as well!   Click HERE to read more!

Hilton Americas Houston

13.  Santa’s Sweet Shop at the Hilton Americas Houston

Visit the Downtown Houston Hotel for a feast for the eyes of Santa’s Sweet Shop!  Click HERE for more information.

14.  The Kitchen Chick, 2402 Market St., Galveston

This fun cooking school is offering 2 Gingerbread Workshops in December!  Click HERE for more information.

Birdie’s Bakery

15. Birdie’s Bakery, Nacogdoches 

This amazing one-woman shop turns out some of the cutest treats you’ll find!  You’ll need to order early, as her orders fill up quickly, and plan to drive out to East Texas as she doesn’t do mail delivery!  Also, be sure to order plenty so a few survive the drive home!  Click HERE to visit her facebook page!

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