The votes for the 2022 Gingerbread Wonderland winners are in!

The 2022 holiday Gingerbread Wonderland exhibit at Norway House in Minneapolis brought in an amazing array of structures once again. It wasn’t easy for the judges, including Editor-in-chief Lori Ann Reinhall, to pick the winners, as a good job was done by all — congratulations to all the talented bakers!

See bottom of article for People’s Choice winners!


Jessica Fleming
Food Editor, Pioneer Press

Lori Ann Reinhall
Editor in Chief, The Norwegian American

Nicole Hvidsten
Taste Editor, The Star Tribune

Kim Ode
Author, Journalist, and Instructor

All photos by Amy Coppersmith for Norway House unless otherwise noted


Best Professional:

The Night Before Christmas 
by Renee & Kirsten Poppenhagen

Hon. Mention:

Dayton’s Building
by Emily Antolick

Photo used with permission from Emily Antolick


Best Kids’ (Under 10):

In the Alley
by Garret Beeck


Best Kids’ (Over 10):

by Cole Fritsche & Tutu (Molly) Kleven


Most Koselig (Cozy):

Cottage Holiday House
by Kathleen Smith

Hon. Mention:

Witch’s Candy Cottage
by Harper, Bailey, Nancy, and Angela


Most Whimsical:

The Little Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
by Annette Korolchuk

Hon. mention:

Nisse Stabbur
by Holly Thorstad & Carl Fristad


Best of Minnesota:

John H. Stevens House
by Kathleen Goor & Mary Senkbeil

Hon. mention:

Grand Avenue
by Elizabeth, Charlie, and Allison Golnik


Most Beautiful Architecture:

Arctic Cathedral
by Jade Hagberg & Julia Tindell

Honorable Mention:

by Heather Vick



People’s Choice:
Sponsored by Icelandair (Round-trip airfare for two to anywhere in Icelandair’s flight network)

The Night Before Christmas 
by Renee & Kirsten Poppenhagen


Best Kids’ Structure:
Sponsored by Disney Parks (Park-hopper passes for four to Disney Parks worldwide)

The Better Batter Bakery
by Ellie and Karla Beeck


This article will appear in the January 2023 paper issue of The Norwegian American.

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