Annual Gingerbread Festival
Celebrating more than 20 years of the Gingerbread Festival at the Waelderhaus, Kohler Foundation welcomes visitors to the historic “house in the woods” in Kohler with extended hours and weekly free musical performances. Since the Festival began in 1997, more than 100,000 people have visited the Waelderhaus during the annual holiday event, and another 8,000 are expected each year.
Traditionally beginning the weekend after Thanksgiving, hand-crafted gingerbread houses, sculptures and original handiworks created by local schools and community groups fill the Saal (the great hall of the Waelderhaus). Visitors are encouraged to look closely (but are asked not to taste) and vote for their favorites in each age category. These creations are on display throughout the month of December (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). The classrooms and community groups whose sweet designs garner the most votes receive cash prizes for first, second and third place. Complimentary gingerbread cookies are served to protect the candy-studded homes and fabrications from hungry visitors during extended holiday hours: Sunday through Friday, 1:00-5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
While admiring the gingerbread creations, visitors are welcome to enjoy festive seasonal music each Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Performances by a variety of local groups will fill the hall with a joyful noise. A list of all featured performers will be available on our website in mid-November.
Admission is free to the Waelderhaus, Gingerbread Festival and holiday music performances.
Tours are offered daily at 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. throughout the month of December (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
Group tours are available by appointment.
For more information, visit www.kohlerfoundation.org or call (920) 453-2851.