Gingerbread houses are the stuff of fairy tales, so how fitting that Seattle’s 20th Annual Gingerbread Village chose the theme “Once Upon a Time”. Fresh from my walk along Candy Cane Lane, I couldn’t resist a visit to Gingerbread Village at the Seattle Sheraton. To my surprise (and delight) they weren’t houses at all, but the most magical of castles conjured up from far, far away and long, long ago. Architecture firms from around the city collaborated with the Sheraton’s culinary team to design and create a slew of extraordinary fairy tale castles for this year’s display. Here are a few of their dramatic creations.
The next two were close contenders for my favourite castle of the evening – Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Castle and The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale Castle – they were both truly enchanting and guaranteed to bring out your inner child.
But I saved my absolute favourite for last. Designed by Weber Thompson and realised by Executive Sous Chef David Mestl, the Alice in Wonderland Castle was so delightful I had to go around a second time to get another look at it. I have a total nerd crush on the team behind this castle.
If you’re in Seattle over Christmas, make a point of checking out the Gingerbread Village for yourself. It’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through to January 1st and is free but donations are encouraged; all proceeds go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For a little video action of these gorgeous creations, and some more shots of Christmas in Seattle, see my next post and join in this week’s travel theme, which is suitably festive.