2019 Gingerbread Display

The Woods

Sometimes we need a little bit of magic in our lives, so this year we thought we’d create it out of gingerbread.  Here are some of our favorite fairy tales and nursery rhymes: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Old Woman Who Lived in the Shoe, Humpty Dumpty, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel & Gretel, and Little Red Riding Hood.  

As always, everything in the display (except for the lights) is completely edible.  To answer some already frequent questions: Humpty Dumpty is made out of gingerbread, and Helper Elf painted his face by hand with food coloring. Hansel & Gretel’s stove is made out of yogurt covered raisins, Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother’s roof is made out of shredded wheat, and the rose bushes around Sleeping Beauty’s tower are made out of grape stems.  We no longer keep exact records of the amount of raw materials we use each year, but there were about 60 cups of flour involved, more than 20 pounds of sugar, and somewhere around 7 dozen eggs (including the ones Kate broke).

We hope you enjoy The Woods, and thank you all for being such wonderful guests.  Have a magical holiday season.

Kate Webber and the elves

Helper Elf: Nancy Webber

Special Teams Elf: Robin Gustafson

Savior Elf: Meredith Kelsey

Eldest Elf: Alice MacGregor

Acquisitions Elf: Steve Webber

4th Generation Elf: Lily Webber


Gibbet Hill Grill co-owner, Kate Webber, is at it again this holiday season with her magnificent gingerbread creations. In addition to our annual fireplace mantle display, Kate has created an additional gingerbread house, a replica of the Orchard House (see details below), to be raffled and awarded to one lucky winner. All raffle ticket proceeds will go directly to UTEC, whose mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. Raffle tickets will be on sale November 28-December 17. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn on December 17th at 6:00pm, allowing the lucky winner to enjoy the gingerbread castle throughout the holiday.


1.) Visit Gibbet Hill Grill and purchase a ticket at the host stand.

2.) Purchase a ticket on line by clicking the button below.  Tickets are $5 each so you will receive an entry for each increment of $5.

This year’s gingerbread house for raffle is (loosely) based on the Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts, the home of the Alcott family and the house where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women. Gibbet Hill was thrilled to be one of the locations chosen to shoot the most recent rendition of the film, which will be released on Christmas Day.

Great Marsh Brewing Company Opening November 6

We are pleased to announce the opening of the newest restaurant in the Webber Restaurant Group family at Great Marsh Brewing Company in Essex, MA.  The 15,000 square foot brewing facility is situated directly on the causeway in historic downtown Essex with stunning views of the Essex River and the Great Marsh. The restaurant, located on the second floor of the brewery, will open with 16 beers on tap.  The menu will showcase an elevated take on traditional pub food, including flatbreads, burgers, steaks, seafood, and sandwiches, along with plenty of shareable items.  Please click HERE to view the menu.

The restaurant is open Wednesday – Sunday, 4pm-close.  Expanded hours will begin later this month.