Texas Lakes Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Paris: Maxey Gingerbread House Competition

November 29, 2017 - 9:00am to December 16, 2017 - 4:00pm

Exhibition on view November 29-December 16, 2017

The Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site is holding a gingerbread house competition this year. Children, families, and adults are invited to enter their best gingerbread house designs. The gingerbread houses will be displayed throughout the decorated Sam Bell Maxey House beginning on Wednesday, November 29 and will remain on view through Saturday, December 16. The public will vote for one winner in each division during “Christmas at the Maxey House” on Saturday, December 9th. The winners will be announced after the event is over.
To be eligible for the competition, a signed and completed entry form must be received by email, fax or mail prior to 5 p.m. on Monday, November 13, 2017 and the entry fee of $5 paid prior to or at drop-off of the gingerbread house on Tuesday, November 28. Gingerbread houses that are not pre-registered or paid for will not be accepted.
Entry forms may be obtained by emailing the Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site at or by picking them up at the site, located at 812 South Church Street, during normal hours of operation.
For more information on the competition, including the full guidelines, call 903-785-5706 or email
Important Dates:
November 13: Entry form deadline
November 28 – Drop off gingerbread houses at the Sam Bell Maxey House
November 29 – Gingerbread houses go on display inside the Sam Bell Maxey House
December 9 – Public votes to determine winner in each division during “Christmas at the Maxey House” and prizes given
December 16 – Last day to see gingerbread houses
December 17 – Gingerbread house pick-up day


  • Sam Bell Maxey House
  • 812 S. Church St.
  • Paris, Texas
  • 75460



  • Viewing exhibition - regular tour fees, entering gingerbread house $5.00