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Becky King is a world traveler who has returned to Seattle after ten years living in Asia. Now that Becky is back, sheʼs eager to explore what Seattle has to offer.

The Seattle Sheraton’s Gingerbread Village Holiday Express

Gingerbread is not just for eating, as made clear by the unveiling of the 19th annual Gingerbread Village at the Seattle Sheraton. This year’s theme was the Holiday Express. Local architects and Seattle Sheraton chefs partnered up to create some of the most amazing gingerbread structures the world has seen.

The Holiday Express Gingerbread Village at the Seattle Sheraton (Photo Credit: Becky King)

Don’t worry if you missed the unveiling of the Gingerbread Village at the Seattle Sheraton; you still have a chance to see the Holiday Express. You can see the Gingerbread Village in the Seattle Sheraton Lobby from November 22, 2011 until January 1, 2012. The Gingerbread Village’s Holiday Express is a feast for the eyes suitable for everyone from grandparents to kids.

If you want to try and re-create the Sheraton’s Gingerbread Village at home, it might take more work than you think it will. I spoke with Sheraton Chefs John Hart and Wally Walbergh a bit about the process of creating the Gingerbread Village. Chef John Hart, whose team worked with KMD architects on the London King’s Cross Station, said that actual physical work on the Gingerbread Village stations’ foundations began in September of this year and ended as late as 1:00 a.m. for him the morning of the unveiling. The planning began even earlier.

Literally hundreds of hours, hundreds of pounds of candy, and hundreds of pounds of gingerbread went into the making of the Seattle Sheraton’s Gingerbread Village. The labor-intensive Gingerbread Village is truthfully impressive; everyone who attended the unveiling was oooohing and aaaahing at the creations.

Attendees can text to vote on their favorite creations by text; all of the stations were so good that I can’t begin to hazard a guess as to which one will get the most votes. More information about the Seattle Sheraton chefs, the architects’, and their magnificent creations can be found HERE.

The Gingerbread Village will benefit the Northwest JDRF chapter, which funds research for Type 1 diabetes. There are three easy ways to donate to the Northwest JDRF chapter: convenient cash boxes located at the Seattle Sheraton, online donations on the Gingerbread Village’s secure website, by texting JDRF5 to 56512 to give a $5 donation.

Beautiful beyond belief..... (Photo Credit: Becky King)

WHEN: November 22, 2011 until January 1, 2012

The Seattle Sheraton Lobby
1400 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Ph. 206-621-9000.

TICKETS: The display is free to the general public. No tickets are necessary, but the Seattle Sheraton is accepting donations onsite on behalf of the Northwest JDRF chapter.


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