Gingerbread Wonderland Exhibit {Frelinghuysen Arboretum}

by Cate on December 5, 2012

I can quickly rattle off tons of places that are within ten miles or so of our house.

Places that we should have visited.

But haven’t yet.

We’re always so quick to head to farther destinations, instead of exploring our own local areas. I’m just as guilty as the next person, taking our locale for granted.

I’m a work in progress.

So when I saw that the Frelinghuysen Arboretum had an annual Gingerbread Wonderland Exhibit, it was a given that we should go.

Because in the 30+ years I’ve lived in the same county, I’ve never, ever been to the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. And…

It sounded like the perfect thing to do with the kids to celebrate the season.


G - sign

And really, ten minutes away, four dollars for the three of us to get in, and gingerbread house goodness? Did you think we wouldn’t go?

We met up with friends last Friday night, the exhibit’s opening night, not knowing what to expect.

And after leaving some 45 minutes later, I can tell you one thing.

We all really need to step up our game when it comes to gingerbread house making.

Because we have nothing on the masterpieces we saw that night.

G - notre dame
*This was crafted by an architectural student and it took her over 80 hours to do it.

The exhibits were made by a variety of entrants … some were by individuals, some were by Boy Scout or Girl Scout troops, some were just by people who love to be creative.

G - family rules

G - lighthouse

G - red roof house

G - eiffel tower

G - victorian house

G - van gogh

My friend’s four-year-old squealed after each and every one he saw, and rightly so. There was some serious talent in that room.

The exhibit is on through this Sunday, December 9th, so if you happen to be in the area, do stop in. Suggested admission is a $2 donation for adults and $1 for kids. This is the exhibits’ 21st year, and it contains over 200 creations. You can bet we’ll be back next year.

G - jersey shore tribute
There were a number of creations that paid tribute to the Jersey Shore. We loved this one that depicted Joey Tomato’s, a pizzeria that we visited during Spring Break.

G - pride house

G - house

G - harry potter

G - for pop pop
This one was made by a first grader who visited the Gingerbread Exhibit every year with her grandfather. He passed away in the Spring, and this was her tribute to him and their memories.

G - farm

G - daisy farm

G - cuckoo

G - cuckoo info

*If you go this weekend, there is also a craft show there as well. And if you have a hankering for a guilt-free sweet treat afterwards, this frozen yogurt place isn’t too far from the Arboretum.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum
353 East Hanover Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07962
(973) 326-7600

Thursday? New frozen yogurt spot!
Friday? Old School Mini Black Olive Pizzas!
Saturday? A new recipe for Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo!

New holiday items have been added to the Pop Up Shop and they will ship same day, so you will receive in plenty of time for holiday enjoyment – go get ’em!

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Joanne December 6, 2012 at 7:39 am

I’m totally the same way. I’ve been to San Francisco probably five times…but never to the Empire State Building!

What a fun exhibit and such cute houses!
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patsy December 6, 2012 at 9:23 am

Maybe we can squeeze in a trip there this weekend! I am loving that one of the Point Pleasant boardwalk!
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Rachel December 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm

So cool! It’s amazing what people can build with sugar! Best museum exhibit ever!
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