Building the annual gingerbread house is a holiday tradition in many families, but it probably doesn’t typically include intricate and detailed scenes, take weeks (sometimes an entire year) to put together or get judged on creativity and difficulty. At some hotels across the US, gingerbread house competitions are taken to a whole other level.
People from all over the country work on their unique culinary creations for a chance to win very serious bragging rights, many admirers and substantial cash prizes. Where can you see these amazing displays? We’ve rounded up five hotels in the US where you can check them out for yourself.
- Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC: Gingerbread houses have taken over the Omni Grove Park Inn, which hosts the annual competition and displays entries throughout the hotel’s public spaces during the holiday season. This year, Beatriz Müller of Innisfil in Ontario, Canada, won with her “Dream House” creation.
- Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY: This contest requires all entries to be 100% edible, with the only exception being the base. Don’t miss out on the incredible display, which will be up until Christmas Eve.
- Seattle Sheraton in Seattle, WA: These gingerbread creations just might be the largest we’ve seen. Top local architecture firms and builders’ association design teams get together to perfect “larger than life” gingerbread exhibits. In its 24th year, it’s a “must-see” for anyone in (or visiting) the greater Seattle area.
- PPG Place in Pittsburg, PA: A true community exhibition, with gingerbread houses submitted by individuals, local organizations, senior citizens, students and chefs, this is a sight to behold. Stop by before January 7 to experience the Annual Gingerbread Display and Train Display.
- New York Hall of Science in New York, NY: A gingerbread display that takes an entire year? You know it’s going to be a good one. Gingerbread Lane has won the Guinness World Record in 2013, 2014 and 2015 for the largest (and we’re guessing, most elaborate) gingerbread village. Will it make the cut in 2016 too?