5th Annual Gingerbread House Contest – Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 10am-1pm

For the past two years, the pandemic caused the Bar Harbor Gingerbread Contest to be postponed, but now, it’s back! This year’s contest will be held at La Rochelle Mansion and Museum on December 10th, from 10am-1pm. 

To celebrate the 5th annual contest, the prize purse will be doubled to a grand prize of $500. There will also be a community favorite prize of $250, and a children’s prize of $250. 

Gingerbread house entries should be made with all edible materials and delivered to La Rochelle between 2pm and 4pm on December 9th. The kid’s category is for children 13 or under, and may have reasonable adult assistance. 

The 2022 contest is hosted by the Bar Harbor Historical Society and sponsored by Swan Agency Real Estate. The popular community event, which started in 2016, is free to all attendees. All are welcome to view the gingerbread houses and vote for their favorite on Saturday. In addition, the Museum and gift shop will be open for free admission to all visitors that day.  

Bakers and decorators who are interested in entering this year’s contest should email Kim Swan at for more information.  

Those that wish to attend the contest and open house on December 10th are encouraged to follow this link: 


Special Screening of “Consolidation” at the 1932 Criterion Theatre – Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 7:00pm

The documentary film, directed by Peter Logue, focuses on the challenges of creating a single high school leading up to and after Mount Desert High School, Pemetic High School, and Bar Harbor High School combined to form MDI High School in 1968. The film’s subject remains pertinent today as the community considers a reorganization of the school system structure and the possibility of a consolidated middle school.

After the movie, a Q&A about the film will be led by School Superintendent Mike Zboray with panelist Burt Barker. Before and after the show you can view a special exhibit in the theatre lobby with items from the Bar Harbor Historical Society’s collection including the Gold Ball from the 1955 State Championship and decades of school yearbooks to leaf through and find pictures of family and friends.

Floor tickets are $5 and balcony tickets are $6. All the proceeds benefit the Bar Harbor Historical Society and The 1932 Criterion Theatre. Tickets are available through this link: