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Awe-Inspiring Gingerbread Displays at Various Hotels and Resorts Around the South (December 2017)

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Published: December 2017
Awe-Inspiring Gingerbread Displays at Various Hotels and Resorts Around the South  

There's something special about gingerbread displays found at hotels and resorts. A staple of the holiday season, all it takes is one glance at these awe-inspiring works of art combined with the sweet smells, and you're immediately filled with the holiday spirit.

The Candy and Cookie Village at Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa and Convention Center in Branson, Missouri, takes a new twist on the classic gingerbread house by constructed an entire village out of a variety of confections.

The resort’s award-winning culinary team created a total of six buildings out of candy canes, cookies, Pop Tarts, jelly beans, licorice, malt balls, pretzels, graham crackers, candy bars, gummy bears and other sweets. The tallest of these confectionary structures is the sweet village’s church, with a bell tower that stands 5.5 feet. The town’s Christmas trees are made from upside-down sugar ice cream cones with green icing and chocolate-covered sunflower seeds, while the sleighs are crafted from candy canes and graham crackers. The village’s dogs are created from Frosted Mini-Wheats and M & M’s.


For over 10 years, the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, Alabama, has delighted guests with their gingerbread creations.

In 2016, the hotel constructed a gingerbread village that weighed over 1,200 pounds using 300 pounds of gingerbread, 25 gallons of icing and 30 pounds of candy for adornment.

It was hand sculpted in the hotel’s bake shop and featured five different guest room buildings: South Bay House, Main Building, North Bay House, Marina and Spa Building.

Each year, The Peabody Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee, features a large-scale gingerbread house and village in the lobby.

The giant gingerbread village is made using 400 pounds of sugar, 120 pounds of flour, four gallons of molasses, 300 eggs plus eight gallons of egg whites, five pounds of gingerbread spices, and 50 pounds of assorted candy.

Chef Konrad Spitzbart and his team of 12 “pastry elves” start work in September and it takes 250 total “elf hours” to complete. A master at gingerbread design and construction, Chef Spitzbart won the “Food Network Challenge: Giant Gingerbread Houses” competition in 2009.

The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, is best known for being home to the National Gingerbread House Competition.

It all began in 1992 with a small group of gingerbread houses built by community members as another way to celebrate the holiday season. Today the competition is celebrating 25 years and is open to the public. The winning creations will be on display through Jan. 4, 2018.

During the holiday season, the Palm Court Lobby of The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia, features a large-scale gingerbread house composed of hundreds of pounds of gingerbread.

Last year’s gingerbread display was a full-sized Santa’s sleigh that was six feet tall and weighed 900 pounds. This season’s display will include over 200 pounds of gingerbread, 500 pounds of royal icing and an abundance of candies to adorn the magical Christmas village.

The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia, creates a replica gingerbread house of the hotel each holiday season.

This year’s gingerbread house measures eight-by-eight feet. Over 160 pounds of flour, along with 53 pounds of honey, 18 pounds of eggs and over five pounds of spices were used to form the masterpiece.

photo credits: (top right) Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa and Convention Center and; (top left) Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa  and Historic Hotels of America; (mid right) The Peabody Memphis and Historic Hotels of America; (bottom left)  The Jefferson Hotel  and Historic Hotels of America