Holiday Music and Hand-Made Houses at 21st Annual Gingerbread Festival

Posted on 11/22/2017

Hansel and Gretel popularized gingerbread houses by discovering a house in the forest made entirely of bread and sugar. Beginning November 24 Waelderhaus, the historic “house in the woods” will treat families to holiday music and dozens of sugary creations on display at the 21st Annual Gingerbread Festival.

More than 8,000 attendees will enjoy extended hours and weekly musical performances, and vote on their favorite hand-crafted gingerbread houses, sculptures and original handiworks created by local schools and community groups.

Classroom and community organizations whose sweet designs garner the most votes from attendees, will receive cash prizes in different age groups. Complimentary gingerbread cookies will be served to protect the candy-studded homes and fabrications from hungry visitors.

21st Annual Gingerbread Festival

Waelderhaus – 1100 West Riverside Drive, Kohler, Wis.

November 24 through December 30, 2017

Sunday through Friday – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Musical Performances – 2:00 p.m.

Nov. 25         Golden Chordaliers

Nov. 26         Kohler High School Madrigals

Dec. 2            Concordia Singing Society

Dec. 3            Plymouth High School Junge Kameraden German Band

Dec. 9            South High Singers

Dec. 10          Cedar Grove Belgium High School

Dec. 16           Jane Van Maaren Music Group (seasonal strings)

Dec. 17           Sheboygan North High School Northern Lights

Dec. 23          D’Werdenfelser Schuhplattlers (dance)


Waelderhaus Schedule

All events and activities at the Waelderhaus are free to the public. Tours are offered daily at 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. throughout the month of December. Waelderhaus is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Group tours are available by appointment by calling 920-453-2851. Visit for more information. Tag us on Facebook or Twitter with #gingerbreadkohler

 The Waelderhaus is managed by Kohler Foundation, a non-profit, private foundation dedicated to supporting the arts, education and art preservation initiatives in the state of Wisconsin.