In many families, making a gingerbread house together is one of the best ways to celebrate the season. Whether you choose to make one huge creation together or face off in an epic battle to see whose gingerbread house wins the top prize, all that matters is that you’re having fun with your family and loved ones while spending intentional time together.
This year, we’ve gathered some incredibly inspiring gingerbread houses to help give you some ideas for how to decorate your own edible abode. While most of these gingerbread houses have already been consumed, there are always a new crop of amazing gingerbread houses that are created each holiday season – maybe yours will take the top honors this year!
Great Wolf Lodge’s Snowland Gingerbread House
If you’ve ever visited Niagara Falls, you’ll know that everything is bigger and better at the Falls! Great Wolf Lodge, a resort and theme park, is located on the Canadian side and it’s a gigantic water park with an attached hotel that’s decorated in a woodland theme. If you’ve ever been there, you won’t be able to forget the giant talking animatronic animals that populate their lobby.
Every year, they build a life-sized gingerbread house in the lobby, and you can even make a reservation to eat dinner inside! The only caveat is that you can’t eat the house itself – you have to order off the menu.
Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort Gigantic Gingerbread House
Every year, a new massive gingerbread house is constructed by the pastry chef of the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Connecticut. Every year it gets redesigned, rebuilt, and redecorated in a new theme by the chef and her crew. It usually stands around 28 feet tall and is entirely edible. They use thousands of gingerbread bricks, miles of royal icing, hundreds of cookies, candies, and sprinkles every year.
The gingerbread house unveiling opens their holiday festivities, and you can enjoy cookies, cider, and hot chocolate inside the house until after Christmas.
Gingerbread White House
Although there are plenty of beloved holiday traditions that take place in Washington, DC every year, none is more anticipated than the reveal of the gingerbread replica of the White House, which is created every year by the White House pastry chef. Even though the building remains the same, the replica is redesigned every year to incorporate new techniques and new details in order to reflect the character of the current sitting President and First Family.