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Holiday Music and Hand-Made Houses at 23rd Annual Gingerbread Festival

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Kohler, Wis. – Hansel and Gretel popularized gingerbread houses by discovering a house in the forest made entirely of bread and sugar. Beginning Friday, November 29th Waelderhaus, the historic “house in the woods” in Kohler will treat families to holiday music and dozens of sugary creations on display at the 23rd Annual Gingerbread Festival.

More than 8,000 attendees will enjoy extended hours and weekly musical performances, and vote on their favorite hand-crafted gingerbread houses, sculptures and original handiworks created by local schools and community groups.

Classroom and community organizations whose sweet designs garner the most votes from attendees, will receive cash prizes in different age groups. Complimentary gingerbread cookies will be served to protect the candy-studded homes and fabrications from hungry visitors.

23rd Annual Gingerbread Festival
Waelderhaus – 1100 West Riverside Drive, Kohler, Wis.
November 29 through December 30, 2019
Sunday through Friday – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Musical Performances – 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 30       Golden Chordaliers
Dec. 1          Rocket Choir and Rockettes (Cedar Grove Belgium High School)
Dec. 7          Concordia Singing Society
Dec. 8          Junge Kameraden German Band (Plymouth High School)
Dec. 14       Chamber Singers (Random Lake High School)
Dec. 15       Madrigal Singers (Kohler High School)
Dec. 21       Jane Van Maaren Music Group (seasonal strings)
Dec. 22       Mistletones (Plymouth High School)
Dec. 28       Harpist Katherine Ray
Dec. 29       TBD

Waelderhaus Schedule
All events and activities at the Waelderhaus are free to the public. Tours are offered daily at 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. throughout the month of December. Waelderhaus is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Group tours are available by appointment by calling 920-453-2851. Visit for more information. Tag us on Facebook with #gingerbreadkohler

The Waelderhaus is managed by Kohler Foundation, a non-profit, private foundation dedicated to supporting the arts, education and art preservation initiatives in the state of Wisconsin.

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