CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Dozens of people gathered at the Omni Hotel on Sunday, December 2, to see creations made by various Charlottesville families.

All of the gingerbread houses were inspired by holiday books and made from lots of different edible goodies.

Those who entered into the contest paid a small entry fee, which goes toward Charlottesville’s Ronald McDonald House.

“I think anything that brings families together and community together is a good thing, it's going to be a wonderful mixture of Charlottesville coming through here the next three days and that's just a good thing, it's a good thing," says Rita Ralston with the Ronald McDonald House.

The gingerbread houses will be on display at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville until Wednesday, December 5.

Admission is free and attendees can vote at the event, but people are invited to pay a small fee to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.