By Amanda Smith
Updated December 17, 2014

A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to witness the awesome-ness that is the National Gingerbread House Competition at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. Entries had to be completely edible (minus the base) and were judged on overall appearance, originality and creativity, difficulty, precision, and consistency of theme. We were blown away by the talent and attention to detail displayed at this event! Scroll down to see our favorites (including the grand prize winner!) and then share your favorite gingerbread memories in the comments.

A Bavarian-style clock tower. The windows really look like they're lit up!

Looks like Mr. and Mrs. Claus are jetting off on a flying carpet this year!

A moving portrait of a U.S. soldier reading Christmas cards from home.

Adorable townspeople gathering to see Santa Claus in the holiday parade.

Anyone want to take a dip in this swimming pool made out of candy?

Alvin and his chipmunk buddies are ready to spread some holiday cheer!

Looks like one of Santa's elves could use a helping hand!

The other mischievous elves are busy putting the Christmas decorations up.

Santa's making his list and checking it... twice? Check out the candy rug under his feet!

Finally, here is a shot of the winning piece, a chess set entitled "Pawn Stars".

Check out the attention to detail in the winning piece! This is WAY to pretty to eat.