Holiday Music and Hand-Made Houses at 22nd Annual Gingerbread Festival

Posted on 11/08/2018

Holiday Music and Hand-Made Houses at 22nd Annual Gingerbread Festival

     Kohler, Wis. – Hansel and Gretel popularized gingerbread houses by discovering a house in the forest made entirely of bread and sugar. Beginning Friday, November 23rd Waelderhaus, the historic “house in the woods” in Kohler will treat families to holiday music and dozens of sugary creations on display at the 22nd 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.

22nd Annual Gingerbread Festival

Waelderhaus – 1100 West Riverside Drive, Kohler, Wis.

November 23 through December 30, 2018

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. 24           Golden Chordaliers
Nov. 25           The Pop’s Elves
Dec. 1              Concordia Singing Society
Dec. 2              Cedar Grove Belgium High School Women’s Choir and Rocket Choir
Dec. 8              The Waves of Rhythm Show Choir (Kiel High School)
Dec. 9              Junge Kameraden German Band (Plymouth High School)
Dec. 15            Jane Van Maaren Music Group (seasonal strings)
Dec. 16             Madrigal Singers (Kohler High School)
Dec. 22            Chamber Singers (Random Lake High School)
Dec. 23            Harpist Katherine Ray


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.