The holidays calls 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 are the Gingerbread Villages. For 25 years the Seattle Sheraton's chefs and Seattle's top architectural companies have come together to create extraordinary gingerbread houses, all out of love. Everyone involved has volunteer 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 a $100,000 for JDRF.
Over the 25 years, there has 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," Seattle Sheraton's Executive Chef John W. 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 said that an estimated 58,300 pieces of gum were used throughout all of the houses and it took about 8,000 hours to complete the gingerbread houses. A child from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, known as 'elves' are chosen to provide their input into each of the houses. The displays range from 6 feet long to 10 feet high and seem to keep getting bigger every year, there's more animatronics and moving pieces tacked onto these displays.
"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."
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 till January 1st, 2018.
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