You’ve already taken the kids for pictures with Santa and you’ve decked the halls with lights. Now, it’s time to check out (or make) a holiday favorite tradition—gingerbread houses.
The David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House HistoryShould your travels lead you to the nation’s capital, be sure to stop by the White House Historical Association’s gingerbread house exhibit at Historic Decatur House in Downtown. Painstakingly pasted together by former White House Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier, the exhibit is one to attract all ages and tastebuds. Before you leave, hop into your sleigh and hop on over to the nearby White House Visitor Center to pick up the official 2016 White House Christmas Ornament, inspired by the fire trucks that responded to a 1929 fire at the White House on Christmas Eve.
1400 6th Ave., Seattle, Wa 98101
Hands down, one of the most beloved Seattle holiday traditions (now in its 24th year!) is the Gingerbread Village inside the lobby of the Sheraton Seattle. Each year, local architecture firms team up with the Sheraton Seattle culinary team to custom design, bake, and build out of this world gingerbread displays as a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Northwest Chapter. Wizards of all ages will marvel at this year’s larger-than-life gingerbread creations.
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, CT 888-226-7711
Ever dream of living in a house completely made of candy? Mohegan Sun’s gigantic walk-through gingerbread house, made from 6,525 cookie bricks, has several rooms and even a fireplace all built using your favorite desserts. Plus, there’s four seven-foot-tall chocolate and Rice Krispie sculptures and even a roof made out of chocolate. Hope you don’t have a sweet tooth!
The Gingerbread House at Great Wolf Lodge’s Snowland
1 Great Wolf Dr., Scotrun, PA
Celebrate the magic of the holidays with a gingerbread exhibit inspired by the spirit of the season. Through January 3 After spending an afternoon in “Snowland,” featuring snowshoers, snow showers, a Christmas-themed holiday show and of course ol’ Saint Nick. Want to dine-in? Families can actually have lunch inside the Gingerbread House (made with over 3,000 candies). Plus, all profits are donated to Ronald McDonald’s Charity House. Doing good has never tasted so great!
Omni Grove Park Inn’s National Gingerbread House Competition
290 Macon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804
Smells of gingerbread are in the air! The Omni Grove Park Inn’s National Gingerbread House Competition can be enjoyed by all — from the very young to the very young at heart. Gingerbread enthusiasts can explore hundreds of remarkable works of edible art, plus numerous themed trees, twinkling lights, and vast holiday decorations throughout The Inn. The display will be open for public viewing through January 5th, 2017.
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