Photos: 2013 National Gingerbread House Competition Previous Gallery Next Gallery 1 / 25 This Mary Poppins themed house entitled “A Spoonful of Sugar” earned Lilli McFerrin third place in the teen category (ages 13-17). 2 / 25 This house called “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” was a team effort by the Courtland High School German Club (Spotsylvania, VA), earning the teens first place. 3 / 25 See through the “Door into Narnia” with Elizabeth Somervilleʼs (Montreat, NC) third place finisher in the teen category. 4 / 25 “Door into Narnia” by Elizabeth Somerville 5 / 25 Lakeview Academy from Gainesville, GA entered the contest with their glimpse of “ʻTwas the Night Before Christmas.” 6 / 25 North Carolina teen Meghan Morris recreated the “Island of Misfit Toys” with her entry. 7 / 25 Shan Patel of Asheville, NC transports us to Venice with his gingerbread creation in the youth category (ages 9-12). 8 / 25 Shan Patelʼs “Beautiful Venice” 9 / 25 Carley and Carter Cantrel from Cookeville, TN created a scene from “The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe” with this entry in the youth category. 10 / 25 Notice the detail in this design, “Christmas at Grandmaʼs Cabin” by the Happy Homeschooling Girls from Purlear, NC. (youth category) 11 / 25 Itʼs a “Merry Minion Christmas” with this display from Team Mundy Squared of Asheville, NC. (youth category) 12 / 25 In the adult category, Linda Carney of Asheville, NC gives us “The Children Were Nestled All Snug in their Beds.” 13 / 25 “The Children Were Nestled All Snug in their Beds” by Linda Carney 14 / 25 Team Jen-Gergread from Apex, NC created this “Fantastical Christmas Contraption,” which earned third place in the adult category. 15 / 25 Favorite characters are tucked throughout this “Fantastical Christmas Contraption” by North Carolinaʼs Team Jen-Gerbread. 16 / 25 Itʼs a “Coastal Christmas” with this beach-themed entry from Deanʼna Smiley of Greensboro, NC. 17 / 25 This “Christmas Chalet” complete with a sugar waterfall was created by Paula Whitehead of Candler, NC. 18 / 25 Cameron Tinkery of Lexington, KY earned a top-ten spot in the adult category with her bird house. 19 / 25 “The Gingerbread House” by Cameron Tinker 20 / 25 This lighthearted scene, “Should Have Taken the Sleigh,” earned Glenda Tart of Lebanon, TN the second place prize of $2500. 21 / 25 Billie Mochow of Burns, TN crafted this snowy scene entitled “Home ʻSweetʼ Home.” 22 / 25 Briley Ervin, first-place winner of the child (ages 5-8) category, designed this piece called “Iʼll be Gnome for Christmas.” 23 / 25 “Iʼll be Gnome for Christmas” by Briley Ervin of Greensboro, TN 24 / 25 This grand-prize winning entry, “A ʻPeaceʼ of Life” by Kimberly Thalman of Franklin, WI, sits inside an acrylic case for protection as it rotates, granting a 360° view. 25 / 25 This Gainesville, GA group earned a top-ten spot in the teen category. Sign up for e-newsletters Want more news? Sign up for free e-newsletters to get more of AJC delivered to your inbox.