Gingerbread houses have all the elements of a fun family activity for the holidays: messy, fun, creativity, candy. Sure, you can grab a gingerbread house kit from Trader Joe’s (no judgement; it’s a fun one), but we found local NYC kits (both edible and not), as well as online events and in-person classes where you and the kids can make a gingerbread house together this season. Looking for more ideas on what to do with the kids this season? Click here!
Taste Buds Kitchen
No matter how you want to do your gingerbread house, Taste Buds Kitchen has you covered. Pick up a DIY kit or get it shipped to your door; sign up for an in-person Child & Caregiver workshop (kids two to eight years old), or order a Hanukkah House for your home! DIY Kits are $75; classes start at $79 for one child and one adult.
Taste Buds Kitchen is also helping people spread some cheer this holiday season. When you check out, you can gift an at-home DIY Gingerbread Kit to a family in need through Astoria Mutual Aid - a group of neighbors working together to support each other through the realities and challenges of COVID-19 in Queens, NYC.
109 27th St.
Freshmade NYC has created a fun workaround for its popular Gingerbread House workshop. (The secret: graham crackers!) Kids will learn how to make our famous gingerbread glue (icing) and tips and tricks for constructing their own tiny gingerbread village at home and fun decorating ideas. Also: some fun holiday games and making a homemade hot cocoa. Recommended for big and little kids alike. You supply the ingredients for this one. Also available as a private booking; email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Dec. 14, 3-4 p.m.
Church Street School for Music & Art
For more than 30 years, Church Street School for Music & Art has been selling Gingerbread House Decorating Kits to help fund outreach programs, free community classes and scholarships.
Each take home kit includes one homemade gingerbread house, a variety of candy, freshly made icing, and one foiled round to set your house up on. Cost is $85. You can also order up extra candy, icing or a whole bunch for your pod! Pick up at the school. Current students get $5 off each kit.
Church Street School will also be hosting two virtual Gingerbread House Decorating Workshops on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 20. Participants will be treated to live musical performances from two of Church Street School's faculty members, and have the chance to enter the Gingerbread House Decorating contest. The workshops are open to everyone and are $25.
Head to churchstreetschoolvirtual.com for details and to get your Gingerbread House Decorating Kit and workshop ticket!
41 White St.
Winter Wonderland White Chocolate Workshop with The Craft Studio
Not gingerbread but hey, we'll say it: we like white chocolate even better!
Get all the tasty supplies shipped to you and log on for a December 19 workshop dedicate to decorating your chocolate house! (Register by Dec. 11.) Just want the house? Get it here!
The Craft Studio also holds other holiday workshops (chocolate menorah, anyone?)—get the latest on its Facebook page!
Dec. 19, 11 a.m.
The Sweet Shop
Neighborhood store The Sweet Shop on the Upper East Side has couple of these tart and tasty gingerbread house kits still in stock. Stop on by or have it delivered, but act fast! Get it for $22.50
The Sweet Shop
404 E. 73rd St.
Upper East Side
These Wonka gingerbread house kits are also in stock at CAMP stores. Find them in the Flatiron District, Downtown Brooklyn and Hudson Yards!
Shop in NYC
Shop local, not Bezos! Shop.in.nyc powered by Cinch enables Brooklynites to keep their dollars in the community. (Sound familiar? We recently profiled a founder as someone making a difference in her community!) The site sources goods and merchandise from independent retailers and delivers them to customers often same day! Pick up this Wilton Gingerbread House kit for $11.49.
Bed Bath & Beyond
Yes, this is a chain, but desperate times, etc. Bed Bath & Beyond seems to have the most gingerbread house kits in stock. We found kits at the store's locations in Tribeca, Chelsea, Harlem, Rego Park, Lincoln Square and on the Upper West Side at 90th Street. The special Trolls kit ($14.99) is in Harlem and Chelsea; other stores have individual houses and a "winter wonderland" kit with four small houses, with prices starting at $9.99.
Dylan's Candy Bar
If you need some extra fire power for your gingerbread house, check out Dylan's Candy Bar's "deconstructed" version. The cute tackle box has 12 compartments loaded with delicious and beautiful gingerbread house decorations.
In store and online
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— Mimi O’Connor