Massive Gingerbread Houses . . . and Extreme Christmas Desserts

Think that gingerbread houses are only for children or to be assembled with icing?  Think again when you see these massive gingerbread houses and other Christmas dessert displays, some with rooms that you can stand inside!

  • 01 of 05
    Fairmont Gingerbread House
    ••• Fairmont San Francisco Gingerbread House. Fairmont Hotels

    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 the Curbed for glorious photos of the 2013 edition of the gingerbread house.

  • 02 of 05

    Gingerbread Boulevard at Madison Square Park

    Gingerbread Boulevard
    ••• Gingerbread Boulevard. SFDS Fabrication & Design

     In its second year, Taste of Home magazine has helped build a Gingerbread Boulevard in Madison Square Park in New York City.  Four life-size gingerbread houses were constructed along a small pathway near the magnificent tree at Madison Square Garden.  While people are not allowed inside the houses, Taste of Home has created an app to allow people to view the interiors.  In 2015, the Gingerbread Boulevard included four themed houses --- a Surf Shack, Ski Chalet, Houseboat, and Farmstead --- that viewers both near and far voted on to select as their favorite.

  • 03 of 05

    Grove Park Inn National Gingerbread Competition

    ••• Gingerbread Competition 2013 Winner. National Gingerbread House Competition

     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.

  • 04 of 05
    Gingerbread Lane
    ••• Gingerbread Lane. AP Photo/Richard Drew

    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 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.