These life-size gingerbread homes will have you feeling like you're walking into a fairytale.
One of the best parts of the holidays is the sweet scent of gingerbread that fills the air, and if you’re looking to experience gingerbread houses in all their glory this year, this annual treat is just for you.
Each of the gingerbread houses include more than 5,000 different candies, 600 pounds of gingerbread dough, and 1,320 pounds of sugar, rising close to two stories in height.
Pastry chefs spend anywhere from 10 days to two weeks putting the elaborate homes together, and customers will likely recognize some of their favorite treats on the displays.
The resorts have partnered with popular candies like Peeps and Hot Tamales in the past, covering their sweet homes in the snacks.
“The whole thing is beautiful,” Christa Lucarelli, who has been going to the resorts and enjoying the gingerbread experience for years, told Travel + Leisure. “My kids are a little bit older…but their eyes light up like Christmas trees when they see it; it’s so sweet,” she added.
Sweet definitely fits the bill when describing these houses, which come with completely edible exteriors and interiors adorned in colorful candy concoctions, cookie creations, and sugar displays.
“They’ve got this incredible aroma of sweet goodness that just surrounds you as you’re eating,” Jason Lasecki, director of communications with Great Wolf Resorts, told T+L.
The company started the tradition back in 2011 as part of its annual Snowland celebration, which runs through January 1 and includes everything from spiked hot chocolate drinks, a visit from Santa, and lobbies that are filled with hundreds of twinkling lights, Christmas trees, decorations, and daily “snow” showers.
Take a look at what you can expect at Snowland below:
Each resort creates its own design, which range from Hogwarts and “Lord of the Ring” themed homes to more traditional displays that include Christmas figurines, lights, and music throughout.
Houses typically fit a family of six, though some locations can seat up to ten people in the homes.
Bookings can be made on Great Wolf’s website for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Since meals are spread out throughout the day, families don’t have the pressure of rushing out of the homes and can enjoy the houses at their leisure.
Diners can choose menu items from the resorts’ Lodge Wood Fired Grill, with options that range from an ahi tuna sandwiches to filet mignon.
The resort charges a surcharge that ranges from $10-20 depending on the location to dine in the home, with the cost of the surcharge going towards charity proceeds donated to the Ronald McDonald House.
This year, the resorts will also be offering visitors the chance to make cookies with Mrs. Clause inside of the gingerbread house, while its Snowland Suites will be adorned with lights, garlands, a decorated tree, and hand-delivered milk and cookies for even more Christmas cheer.