Gingerbread Trail Map

There is something so inviting and alluring about a gingerbread house.

Just ask Gretel, “When they came nearer they saw that the house was built of gingerbread, and roofed with cakes, and the window was of transparent sugar.” (Hansel and Gretel, The Brothers Grimm) 

This one phrase sparked a tradition of gathering and decorating sugared houses that has lasted hundreds of years.

The Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce our exclusive partnership with Page Turner Studios to design and build Gingerbread Cottages for the Hometown Gingerbread Trail.  “We are stoked to work together with the Chamber to build a lasting tradition of this joyous celebration,” said Page and Zephren Turner.  And the S-RC Chamber is equally excited to work with this talented couple to make the Hometown Gingerbread Trail a celebration to last for years!

Our Trail has grown from a single life-size Gingerbread Cottage to over a dozen life-size photo booth Villages that will be popping up from one end of Roanoke County, through the City of Salem, and on to the other end of the County.  Our Chamber members have partnered with other Chamber members and created Villages, consisting of a main “cottage” and exciting additions to the Villages, such as candy cane forests, trees and decorations, and many surprises for our community to enjoy!

To reap the benefits of your travels along our Trail and cash in on discounts, prizes, gifts, and much more offered by our members, use our interactive map for your phone or our “Gingerbread Passports” for the littles.  Information and passports will be available at:

 

  • the Chamber office located in the Carriage House in Longwood Park, 611 E. Main St. Salem

  • InFirst Federal Credit Union at their Salem location, 2 W. Main St.

  • the Chamber’s Annual Gingerbread Festival, December 3rd at the Salem Museum and Longwood Park

  • the Salem Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on December 2nd, downtown Salem

  • the Roanoke County Tree Lighting on December 5th at the South County Library

On January 3, 2023, we will hold a special event at the Village of Blue Eagle Credit Union, 2809 W. Main St., Salem, drawing the name of one lucky Trail Traveler that will receive $500 cash, sponsored by Blue Eagle Credit Union!

Stay tuned as we’ll be updating everyone on Village events during December – anything from Village unveilings, Christmas Market activities and sales, hot chocolate nights, and even a hot dog roasts with the Grinch!  We’ll keep you posted so you won’t miss a thing!  And it’s the perfect opportunity to document your travels.

Our Hometown Gingerbread Trail sponsor is WDBJ-7, so be sure to keep an eye out for information coming soon!  When you’re making your holiday plans with family and friends, make sure you add the Hometown Gingerbread Trail, you’ll be glad you did!

 Our 2022  Hometown Gingerbread Trail Sponsors

 Our 2022  Hometown Gingerbread Trail

Village Sponsors

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 Our 2022  Hometown Gingerbread Trail

Village Supporting Sponsors

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