Last year Bristol and Abby Evans enjoyed Gingerbread Junction. This year’s gingerbread building activity will take place Friday, Nov. 30. (DHI Media/File Photo/Kirsten Barnhart)
Last year Bristol and Abby Evans enjoyed Gingerbread Junction. This year’s gingerbread building activity will take place Friday, Nov. 30. (DHI Media/File Photo/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – This year’s YWCA Gingerbread Junction will be held on Friday, Nov. 30 in conjunction with the Main Street Van Wert downtown Fountain Park tree lighting celebration.

“We are excited to offer this change to our event so that children and families of all ages can enjoy YWCA Gingerbread Junction as well as all of the other special activities happening downtown on the same night,” said YWCA director Kimberly Laudick. “Community members will have the opportunity to spend quality time together, enjoy numerous holiday events and create new memories all in one evening.”

Gingerbread Junction will still be held at the YWCA and session times are scheduled for 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. YWCA will provide the supplies needed for participants to create a unique and fun gingerbread house. Attendees will need to pre-register and pay $15/person prior to the night of the event. To register and pay, please call YWCA at 419-238-6639.

Unfortunately, the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. slots are already filled, said Laudick. However there are still openings in the 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. schedule. However, Laudick advocated that those interested call as soon as possible to secure a gingerbread house and place to decorate.

“We can still take 40 kids each in the 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. slots,” said Laudick.

Laudick said that the Gingerbread Junction night has been a long-standing tradition with the YWCA. So has a visit from St. Claus which will happen again this year.

“Santa will have other appearances to make uptown but he will also come down to see us here,” said Laudick.

Laudick said that the Gingerbread House will be furnished as will candy, frosting and other accessories for the decorating.

Laudick said that anyone of any age can participate. She noted that the hope is that whole families will come and share this time together.

“We want people to go to Fountain Park for the tree lighting and other downtown Christmas activities and then come back for this special interactive family activity,” said Laudick. “The Live Nativity is also being presented this weekend. We are so thankful that all of this fits together as we celebrate the birth of Jesus together.”

“People love this,” said Laudick. “It usually does sell out. If there are any houses left over, they could be purchased as a carry-out to take home.”