The Seattle Gingerbread Village
A Fantastic Gingerbread Castle
One of My Favorite Seattle Christmas Traditions - A Trip to See the Gingerbread Houses
One of my favorite holiday traditions is to go visit the Gingerbread Village on display at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. For the past 20 years, some of Seattle's best architects and chefs have worked together to design and create these fantastic works of art to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
These elaborate gingerbread houses are equipped with lights, amazing detail and often moving parts. I always try to go to see them at the beginning of December to really put me into a holiday mood. It is a fun activity for people of all ages and I can spend an hour or more looking at all of the intricate details of each of these masterpieces. Each year there is a different theme. The theme for 2013 was "There's a Rhyme and a Reason this Holiday Season" and it features gingerbread houses inspired by children's nursery rhymes. It also includes participation by visitors - you can vote for your favorite in person, online or by texting from your phone.
The village is assembled and put on display starting around Thanksgiving each year and since it is in a hotel it is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and admission is free, although donations to JDRF are encouraged.
I'm sharing some photos I took at the 2013 Gingerbread Village as well as those from 2012 an 2011. This year's entries are Jack and the Beanstalk, London Bridge is Falling Down, Hickory Dickory Dock, I Saw a Ship A-Sailing, There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe and Hey Diddle Diddle.
All photos © Vicki Green, PNW Travels, unless otherwise credited
The 2014 Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village
The theme for the 2014 Seattle Gingerbread Village is "Jingle All the Way" and the six entries used themes from popular Christmas music. All were unique and imaginative, with three using a single song and the others combining more than one song into their gingerbread masterpieces. Take a look at each of the photos and then take the poll at the end to vote for your favorite!
#1 - Oh Christmas Tree
#2 Oh Little Town of Bethlehem - Little Drummer Boy - Do You Hear What I Hear? - The First Noel
#3 I’ll Be Home for Christmas - Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Christmas in the Northwest
#4 Mele Kalikimaka
#5 Chipmunk Song - Rockin Around the Christmas Tree - All I Want for Christmas
#6 Feliz Navidad
Vote for Your Favorite 2014 Gingerbread House
Which was your favorite Gingerbread House in the 2014 Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village?
Photos from the 2013 Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread VillageClick thumbnail to view full-size
Which 2013 Gingerbread House is the best?
Vote for your favorite 2013 Gingerbread House
Making Great Gingerbread Houses
This book contains photos and step-by-step instructions for creating forty fantastic gingerbread houses.
Amazing Gingerbread House Designs - Create Fantastic Gingerbread Houses
For anyone who wants to move past the basic gingerbread house and create an amazing gingerbread house like the fantastic ones displayed at the Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village each year, this book will provide ideas and instructions.
2012 Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village - The theme in 2012 was "Once Upon a Time - Castles"
2012 Seattle Gingerbread Village
In 2012 the theme for the Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread houses was "Once Upon a Time" and it featured gorgeous gingerbread castles from varied themes including the Brother's Grimm Fairy Tales, Beauty and the Beast, Narnia's Ice Queen, Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland and even the undersea castle of the Little Mermaid.
Gingerbread Village 2012 PhotosClick thumbnail to view full-size
Which 2012 Gingerbread House is your favorite?
Which 2012 Gingerbread House would you have voted for?
The 2011 Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village - "Holiday Express" Gingerbread Houses
2011 Gingerbread Village
The theme for the 2011 Gingerbread Village was "Holiday Express" and as the title suggests, it featured trains and replicas of train stations from around the world including New York, London, New Zealand, Canada, Australia and the North Pole. Watch the video below to see how this amazing gingerbread creation was made.
How are these Gingerbread Masterpieces Created? - Watch how New Zealand's Dunedin Train Sation was made
If you've ever wondered how these fantastic works of art are designed and made from gingerbread,candy and other goodies. Watch this video to see how the 2011 Gingerbread Dunedin Train Station (finished photo above) was created.
Watch 14 days of work to create this masterpiece compressed into 4 minutes!
More Photos from the 2011 Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village - Photos by VickiSimsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Which was your favorite gingerbread house from 2011? - Photos by VickiSims
Which 2011 gingerbread house would you have voted for?
Where is the Seattle Gingerbread Village?
The Seattle Sheraton Hotel, located a few blocks from Westlake Center, has hosted the Gingerbread Village as an annual holiday event since 1992.
The Seattle Sheraton Hosts the Gingerbread Village
The Gingerbread Village is located inside the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. The annual event is free although donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Association are appreciated.
The Seattle Sheraton Hotel - Inside this entrance is the Gingerbread Village
Links to more information about the Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village - Visit these links to donate to JDRF or vote for your favorite 2013 entry
- The 21st Annual Gingerbread Village
2013 Gingerbread Village Display
- Home | JDRF: Improving Lives. Curing Type 1 Diabetes
The JDRF website
- Gingerbread Village at Sheraton Seattle Hotel | Picture This | The Seattle Times
Seattle Times article about the 2012 Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village with more photos
Build Your Own Gingerbread House Kit
This Create-a-treat deluxe gingerbread house kit includes pre-baked gingerbread pieces, icing, candy and step-by-by step instructions to make a gingerbread house. Great activity for children and the entire family.
Build An Easy Beginner Gingerbread House
If you are just a beginner at making gingerbread houses or are all thumbs, like me, there are many simple gingerbread house kits to get you started on creating your own holiday tradition.
© 2013 Vicki Green