Festival of Trees


Gingerbread Village

Photos above are of an amazing gingerbread house designed by Tomoko Maczel for our auction.
Thank you Tomoko!

We are excited to announce that the Gingerbread Village will once again be a part of the 2023 Festival of Trees. As with our trees, all guests will have the opportunity to vote for the “Fan Favorite” gingerbread house. All houses donated will be available for sale throughout the event to help raise the critical funds needed for innovative pediatric research projects at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

We would be pleased to accept volunteers and/or organizations who would be willing to design and decorate gingerbread house(s) to be sold at the event. If you would like to create a gingerbread house or you know someone who would be interested, please complete a “Gingerbread House Designer Contract”, which can be found using the link below or by contacting Denise McDonald at denise0611@hotmail.com (Denise can also be reached at (313) 570-2745.) We are also looking for volunteers to help with setup on the Friday before the Gala, packaging on the final day of the Festival, and those willing to donate candy that will be used as additional decoration in the Gingerbread Village.

All houses should be delivered to the Dearborn Performing Arts Center on the Friday before the event (November 17th) from 9 am – 5 pm. Once delivered, all houses become the property of Festival of Trees. The Gingerbread Village will be featured at the Preview Gala on Saturday, November 18th and will remain on display throughout the public show from Sunday, November 19th thru Sunday, November 26th. As a designer, you will receive your choice of either 4 adult General Admission tickets or 2 Adult and 10 Child General Admission tickets, as well as recognition on our website (www.fot.org) and signage by your gingerbread house during the event. Purchased houses will be available for pickup by their respective buyers on Sunday November 26th between 4:00 and 5:00 pm or on Monday November 27th between 9:00am and noon.

If you or your group are interested, please complete and return the contract as soon as possible. We are asking that everyone please return this form no later than October 31, 2023 so that we can plan the creation of the Gingerbread Village. You can return your completed form either by mail or email to:

Festival of Trees – Gingerbread Village
c/o Denise McDonald
7215 Osage
Allen Park, MI 48101
(313) 570-2745

Click here for a copy of the 2023 Gingerbread House Designer contract. Thank you for your support of Festival of Trees and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan!

Thank you to our returning 2023 Gingerbread Village Designers!

Alivia Banks & Owen Peters
Denice Dickerson
Tomoko Maczei
Denise McDonald
Stephanie Smith – Pretty Baked Cakes & More

Welcome to our new 2023 Gingerbread Village Designers!

Beverly Brown
Boone Productions / The Nap Time Show
Brandy Tyson – Champion Home Builders
Catherine Grima – Waltonwood Senior Living
Catrina Staats – Homestead Kitchen Artisan Cakery
Dawn and Gavin DePlanche
Girls Bunco
Hirata Corporation of America
Kathy Robinson
Maria Burt
Marilyn Nance
Mary Howard
Michael Burt
Ms. McLean’s 7th Grade ELA Students, West Middle School, Taylor
Nicolle Noel and the students at Success Virtual Learning Centers
Schira / Ansbro Family
Sharon Warren
Thom Ouellette

Thank you to our 2022 Gingerbread Village Designers!

Melia Howard
Pattie Resovsky
Vanessa McLean & Sacred Heart Middle School Social Studies

Special thanks to The Candy Box At Southland Mall and The Bulk Store on Northline in Taylor.