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It's the 25th annual Gingerbread Village in Seattle

This massive Seattle gingerbread village took more than 8,000 hours to build


Updated December 12, 2018 10:03 AM EST

Editor's note: This story was originally published Dec. 4, 2017. We're bringing it back today in observation of Gingerbread House Day!

Circa sister station KOMO-TV in Seattle reports this year's Gingerbread Village theme is Whoville.

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SEATTLE (CIRCA) — The holidays call for hot cocoa, candy canes, snow, gingerbread ... the list goes on. One of the most fantastical creations you will find each year during the holiday season in Seattle is the Gingerbread Village.

For 25 years, the Sheraton Grand Seattle's chefs and Seattle's top architectural companies have come together to create extraordinary gingerbread houses, all out of love. Everyone involved has volunteered countless hours in making the village a success.

While it's free to view the gingerbread houses, everyone is encouraged to donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Last year alone, the Gingerbread Village raised over $100,000 for JDRF.

2017 Gingerbread Village

Over a quarter-century, there have been numerous themes, such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, castles and nursery rhymes. This year's theme is 25 Years of Cheer: A Celebration of Seattle.

"This year it's great because we have Seattle's past and future — 100 years in the past and 100 years in the future," Sheraton Grand Seattle executive chef John Armstrong explained.

Visitors have the chance to glimpse into Seattle's past and the opportunity to see a bit of the city's future.

All of the creations were made completely from candy and gum. Armstrong says an estimated 58,300 pieces of gum were used and it took about 8,000 hours to complete the gingerbread houses.

Children from the JDRF, known as "elves," are chosen to provide their input into each house.

The displays range from 6 feet long to 10 feet high and seem to keep getting bigger every year; there are more animatronics and moving pieces tacked onto these displays.

2017 Seattle Gingerbread Village

If you're in the Seattle area, you can check out the gingerbread houses at City Centre in downtown Seattle. The displays will be up until Jan. 1, 2018.

"We want to bring out the child in everyone. A lot of these houses have a lot of twists and turns that you may not necessarily see and we look at them from a child's point of view."
John W. Armstrong, Sheraton Grand Seattle executive chef
Fremont troll
A replica of the Seattle Fremont troll. (Circa)


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