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2020 - Spotlight - Library

Posted on: November 30, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Victoria Public Library to host drive-thru gingerbread house workshop

Blue anta and others in uniforms or Christmas attire stand on DeLeon Plaza sidewalk.

PHOTO: City of Victoria employees and Blue Santa greet residents and hand out craft kits during the 2020 gingerbread house workshop hosted by the Victoria Public Library.

Whether it’s hosted at the library, at the Community Center or at DeLeon Plaza, the Victoria Public Library’s gingerbread house workshop is a Victoria tradition that has stood the test of time.

“We have residents who brought their children to the event and are now bringing their grandchildren,” said Jessica Berger, assistant director at the Victoria Public Library. “The gingerbread house workshop has grown and evolved over time, and we always adapt to continue the tradition.”

The 31st annual gingerbread house workshop will be hosted 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 11 at DeLeon Plaza using the same drive-thru format that was employed last year. Staff from the Victoria Public Library, the Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Victoria Police Department will provide a gingerbread house kit, hot cocoa mix and other supplies that families can use to celebrate at home.

Map showing route going down Main Street from Commercial and circling DeLeon Plaza“The drive-thru event was well-received last year and helped our participants get into the holiday spirit,” Berger said. “We started planning this year’s event during the summer, and we didn’t know whether it would be safe to host an in-person event by December, so we were fortunate to have an option available that we knew would work.”

Traffic will enter at the intersection of Main and Commercial streets, then travel south along Main Street and circle DeLeon Plaza. Streets in the area will be blocked to guide traffic and ensure that attendees use the designated entrance. Residents will not be allowed to line up before the event. Residents may not exit their vehicles.

Kits will be provided while supplies last. The Victoria Public Library will provide updates about supply availability through its Facebook page.

For more information about upcoming library events, visit the Victoria Public Library’s Facebook page or view the event calendar at

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