Have you ever wondered what it would be like if all of the gingerbread cookies got together during the holidays and had a big party? I'm sure there would be dancing cookies and palace ballrooms and colorful characters. I'm sure it would look a lot like The Frelinghuysen Arboretum's Gingerbread Wonderland.
What is The Gingerbread Wonderland?
Running every December, Gingerbread Wonderland (scroll down on their events page to find it) is held at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township, New Jersey. You can see hundreds of gingerbread creations on display, and visit their craft show on the weekends. As of the publication date of this entry, there is a minimal fee ($2 per adult, children under 2 are free). They are open 10am-4:30pm daily, and Fridays till 7:30pm.
What Can I See There?
Only the most awesome gingerbread creations ever created! You'll walk past tables and tables of gingerbread art- from simple projects made by children, to amazing palaces crafted by adults.
You really have to stop to admire the time and detail that the artists put into their work. Everything is edible! (well, you can't eat it, but you can eat, if you know what I mean). You'll also have the opportunity to vote for your favorite piece. But how do you choose just one???
Make a Day of It
Of course, seeing all of that cool gingerbread art inspired us to make our own, so you might want to plan ahead and have your gingerbread supplies ready when you get home. Oh, and I HIGHLY recommend pre-made gingerbread houses if you're working with little ones. Wilton makes a pretty good pre-assembled kit that we purchase every year.
Jersey Momma Tips
- They don't allow strollers, so leave them at home.
- I gave my son the pep talk before we entered, which basically consisted of, don't touch anything!
- If you're going with kids, encourage them to walk slowly and really look at each piece. My son wanted to race through the whole event, so we walked around a few times so we could really enjoy everything.
- There is a craft fair available on the weekends, and your admission fee allows you to attend, so get in there and shop local!
- There is a little cafe called Matilda's on the arboretum premises, offering sandwiches, pastries and drinks. We did not eat there so I can't attest to the food, but it looks cute!
- Interested in participating next year? Check out their website for instructions and applications, or talk to one of their many employees or volunteers at the event. Everyone was friendly and helpful when we attended.