Celebrate Christmas With Magnificent Gingerbread Creations

Think gingerbread houses are only for children? You'll change your mind when you see these massive gingerbread houses and other Christmas dessert displays, some with rooms that you can stand inside! Check out these magnificent gingerbread houses that you can visit at Christmastime in locations across the US and internationally.

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    Gingerbread Train Station at the Fairmont Washington, D.C.
    Fairmont Washington D.C.

    The Fairmont San Francisco pulls out all the stops every year with its immense gingerbread house, which stands more than 22 feet high and 23 feet wide, with hundreds of tiny gingerbread decorations throughout. Pastry chefs spend more than 600 hours baking the 7500 or more pieces of the gingerbread house and children are welcomed at a special gingerbread tea party, complete with tyke-sized finger sandwiches and a special gingerbread cookie for them to decorate on their own.   

    Check out this full article on Curbed for glorious photos of the 2013 edition of the gingerbread house.

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    A display from the Annual National Gingerbread House Competetion Display at Grove Park Inn

    Each year, the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina hosts the National Gingerbread Competition where bakers, pastry chefs, and gingerbread enthusiasts make delectable statues and sculptures out of gingerbread and sugar. In addition to the Adult competition, the contest also has a Teen category which is equally impressive.

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    A worker adjusts the display at Gingerbread Lane
     The New York Hall of Science / Flicker / CC BY 2.0

    Chef Jon Lovitch is a gingerbread master and, for over two decades, has been constructing massive lanes of gingerbread houses in different locations across the country. It takes him almost an entire year to construct one of these lanes and, his hard work has paid off. In 2013 and 2014, Chef Lovitch made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the almost 400 square feet of gingerbread houses that he created at the New York Hall of Science. He went for the record again in 2015 with approximately 500 square feet of handmade gingerbread houses with such fun depictions as a Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee Shop and a ​10-foot candy shop that visitors will be able to peek inside.  

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    Aruba Marriott Sugar Village
    Aruba Marriott

    If you prefer sand and sugar, then skip the wintry gingerbread-focused destinations and check out the Sugar Village at the Aruba Marriott Resort. The 400-pound sugar village is crafted entirely from sugar and showcases island destinations and colorful houses which come from Aruba's Dutch heritage.