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By Haley Chi-Sing

San Clemente’s Beaches, Parks, and Recreation Department will host its inaugural Gingerbread House Contest as part of the city’s traditional Santa’s Village by the Sea holiday event.

The contest will include a display of various gingerbread house creations as well. Both the contest and Santa’s Village will be held the first week of December at the San Clemente Community Center. 

The gingerbread house contest is open to all San Clemente residents of all ages; participants will be divided into age categories and can also join the Family/Group division. Participants are only allowed one gingerbread house entry if entered individually or one house per family/group. 

The city of San Clemente will be providing gingerbread bases to all those who register for the contest. Additional decorations and materials will not be provided; however, all additions must be edible. All gingerbread house designs must be original and kit houses will not be accepted for entry. 

There is no entry fee for participants. Those who wish to participate must complete a pre-registration due to the Community Center by Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. All forms can be found at the city’s website or at the Community Center office. 

All completed gingerbread houses must be turned into the Community Center by Dec. 6, as the contest and judging will be held the following day, Dec. 7, at Santa’s Village.  For more information on the gingerbread house contest, please contact the Recreation Division at 949.361.8264 or at 949.429.8797, or visit

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