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Fig.1 - The Gingerbread House contest is an annual event where creators of all levels participate. - Photo courtesy of Montrose Grace Place Facebook Page

Montrose Grace Place to hold third annual gingerbread house contest

By Sheryl Sellers

Montrose Grace Place (MGP) is sponsoring their 3rd annual Gingerbread House contest on Saturday, December 7.

Planning to take a mental timeout over the winter break, but want to keep the creative juices flowing while also having a little fun? Here’s a great opportunity to do just that, while also spending time with friends and family and supporting a local cause.

Located in the Montrose area of Houston just off Westheimer, MGP is a small non-profit that provides a safe environment for homeless youth of all sexualities and genders, as well as those who are housing insecure.

Every Monday and Thursday MGP provides an evening drop-in center to give youth a place to be themselves while building friendships and relationships.

Approximately 35 young people attend each of those nights. Volunteers provide home cooked meals and have direct mentors on hand to offer a comforting shoulder. There is also a clothing closet available for youth to pick out needed items and toiletries.

The emcee for the event will be renowned Houston drag queen extraordinaire, Duckie DuJour. She keeps the action going and is quite the entertainer.

Celebrity judges will choose the top three winners and the winning team will go home with a homemade trophy. The atmosphere is said to be electric.

The contest begins at 1 p.m. and judging takes place at 4 p.m. The cost of entry is $35 per three-person team ($15 for each additional individual) which provides all the necessary items to build a Gingerbread House.

There will be various drinks for purchase, a silent auction, and “naughty elf tickets” to vote for a People’s Choice Award.

Those wishing to attend but not participate in the contest can pay $10 or donate a sleeping bag for the youth. The only requirement of building the gingerbread house is that contestants must use the provided material.

Last year’s winning team built a Barbie Dream House complete with a blue icing swimming pool. Another winner created a house made to look like Whataburger, and one team even took their house apart and made a replica of the sinking Titanic.

Last year U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee made a surprise visit and took time to visit with the contestants.

All proceeds will go to bus passes and supplies such as underwear, sleeping bags, blankets, jackets, and more.

For more information or to register for the contest visit the Montrose Grace Place website at You can find them on Instagram at @montroseg-raceplace. They are located at 2515 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77006.

Last updated 2/14/2020 7:16 AM