10 Oversized Gingerbread Displays for the Holidays

Bringing joy to young and old during this markedly different festive season, gingerbread displays and events transport visitors to a fantastical, uplifting world.

Gingerbread can take form as traditional houses, as magical buildings, or in other scenarios to wow you with their holiday cheer.

Discover Creative Gingerbread Displays

Gingerbread at the Broadmoor Resort

Truly over-the-top, the gingerbread house at the 102-year-old Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, is a holiday tradition. Led by The Broadmoor’s Executive Pastry Chef Adam Thomas and his team of chocolatiers and bakers (plus a few carpenters), this year’s installation was inspired by the resort’s own The Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway, one of the top tourist attractions in Colorado. The chocolate elves are beyond adorable as they work on the railroad. Santa, of course, is the foreman. This year, however, the display is only available to guests of the hotel. Don’t fret, though. You’ll still be able to enjoy the creation online with the myriad photos posted on Instagram.

A truly over-the-top, the gingerbread house at the 102-year-old Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, is a holiday tradition | WhereTraveler
Elf Lunch Break at the Broadmoor (Courtesy The Broadmoor)

Red Rock Casino's Gingerbread Resort

The Bake Shop at Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas has unveiled a five-foot-tall gingerbread replica of the resort itself. Using 160 pounds of chocolate, 50 pounds of sugar, and equally huge amounts of rock candy, rice crispy treats, and other sweets, the Gingerbread Hotel took more than 500 hours for the bakeshop and carpentry team to create and is detailed to the max. A treat for younger visitors, there’s also a life-sized gingerbread dollhouse complete with miniature furniture and light-up features.

The Bake Shop at Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas has unveiled a five-foot-tall gingerbread replica of the resort itself | WhereTraveler
Red Rock Casino in Gingerbread (Courtesy Red Rock Casino)

Gingerbread "Self Portrait" at La Fonda on the Plaza

Also creating a gingerbread house in its own image, Santa Fe's La Fonda on the Plaza replicates the hotel's distinctive Pueblo revival architecture down to each sweet detail. Each year, La Fonda’s culinary team crafts a new variation, but you'll always see the traditional New Mexican farolita lights that flicker atop La Fonda’s exterior walls during the holidays.

Also creating a gingerbread house in its own image, Santa Fe's La Fonda on the Plaza replicates the hotel's distinctive Pueblo revival architecture down to each sweet detail | WhereTraveler
La Fonda Gingerbread House (Courtesy La Fonda)

Sea Island Resort's Interactive Gingerbread Display

Sea Island resort on the coast of Georgia invites you to explore their Sweet Traditions Cottage from the inside. Handcrafted at the resort’s pastry shop, the cottage is made up of over 1,840 pounds of gingerbread and 820 pounds of royal icing. It’s a fun interactive experience with a scavenger hunt to find hidden icons based on Sea Island’s popular traditions like bingo, nature/sea turtle nesting, golf, bagpiping, sailing, oak trees, and more. Visitors can design their own gingerbread cottage, too, complete with candy canes, gumdrops, and other goodies with the help of a live “elf.”

Gingerbread School at The Ritz Carlton

If you’re now inspired to create your own gingerbread structure, check out the larger-than-life gingerbread house at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes where you’ll find Grande Lakes Orlando Gingerbread School. There you can sign up to build and assemble your own creations under the tutelage of skilled holiday artisans. For inspiration, the resort has a massive gingerbread house in the lobby.

Check out the larger-than-life gingerbread house at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes where you’ll find Grande Lakes Orlando Gingerbread School | WhereTraveler
Gingerbread House (Courtesy Grande Lakes Orlando)

Lytle Park Hotel's Cannoli and Gingerbread Creation

In Cincinnati, The Lytle Park Hotel’s restaurant Subito has lent an Italian flair to an oversized cannoli gingerbread house. I certainly hope it’s edible because the restaurant’s special ‘12 Days of Christmas’ menu would be perfect with a cannoli finish. I wonder if it has baby cannolis inside.

Tropical Gingerbread at Palm Beach Marriott

At the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa in Riviera Beach, Florida, an over-the-top gingerbread display with tropical twists dominates the lobby. For the first time, the annual sugar-trimmed house includes interactive elements. Chef Kursten Restivo oversees a team that put in more than 1000 hours to complete the gingerbread creation.

Pebble Beach Resort's Tiered Gingerbread House

Pebble Beach Resorts’ Pastry Chef Anastasia Simpson wants you to gaze skyward as you survey her gingerbread display at The Inn at Spanish Bay. Taking a month to create, this year’s house is built vertically with an intricate, tiered cake-style form. Look carefully because the five-level structure has several distinctive gingerbread houses.

Explore a Gingerbread Village

For those of you interested in a more active gingerbread experience, Tennessee offers a gingerbread tradition to keep things merry, bright, and moving. In Jonesborough, the town’s Gingerbread Village has a new walkable holiday contest and display with edible gingerbread houses, replicas of historic buildings, and more, all displayed in store windows. You’re invited to participate in the contest with your own gingerbread creation.

Revelers can keep the momentum going in New York’s Finger Lakes Region. At the Sweet Creations Gingerbread Display in Rochester, dozens of cleverly designed and deliciously decorated gingerbread houses fill the George Eastman Museum where guests can stroll through the confectionary spectacle. New this year, the gingerbread creations, many behind glass for close-up viewing, will be available for auction. Social distancing and masks are required.

A Gingerbread House of Lights

And now for something completely different. Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights near Chattanooga, Tennessee is an annual event with a million sparkling lights creating a gingerbread house among other structures. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights near Chattanooga, Tennessee is an annual event with a million sparkling lights creating a gingerbread house among other structures | WhereTraveler
Gingerbread House in Lights (Courtesy Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights)