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The Seattle Gingerbread Village

Updated on December 17, 2014

A Fantastic Gingerbread Castle

A Gingerbread House at the Seattle Sheraton
A Gingerbread House at the Seattle Sheraton

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

Oh Christmas Tree - Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village 2014
Oh Christmas Tree - Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village 2014

#2 Oh Little Town of Bethlehem - Little Drummer Boy - Do You Hear What I Hear? - The First Noel

Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village 2014
Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village 2014

#3 I’ll Be Home for Christmas - Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Christmas in the Northwest

A Seattle scene made of gingerbread at the Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village 2014
A Seattle scene made of gingerbread at the Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village 2014

#4 Mele Kalikimaka

Merry Christmas from Hawaii at the 2014 Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village
Merry Christmas from Hawaii at the 2014 Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village

#5 Chipmunk Song - Rockin Around the Christmas Tree - All I Want for Christmas

A Gingerbread House at the Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village 2014
A Gingerbread House at the Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village 2014

#6 Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad Gingerbread House at the 2014 Seattle Gingerbread Village
Feliz Navidad Gingerbread House at the 2014 Seattle Gingerbread Village

Vote for Your Favorite 2014 Gingerbread House

Which was your favorite Gingerbread House in the 2014 Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village?

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Photos from the 2013 Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village

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I Saw a Ship a Sailing - you can't tell from the photo, but the ship is actually rocking on the waves.Jack and the Beanstock - note that Jack planted his beans in Seattle with the Space Needle and some of Seattle's other recognizable buildings includedLondon Bridge is Falling Down - the details include Humpty Dumpty and several other interesting characters.There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe - such an amazing design with an upside down shoe.Hey Diddle Diddle - the cow is in motion and actually jumping over the moon.Hickory Dickory Dock - in this gingerbread house there are moving parts, too - including mice and the clock.
I Saw a Ship a Sailing - you can't tell from the photo, but the ship is actually rocking on the waves.
I Saw a Ship a Sailing - you can't tell from the photo, but the ship is actually rocking on the waves.
Jack and the Beanstock - note that Jack planted his beans in Seattle with the Space Needle and some of Seattle's other recognizable buildings included
Jack and the Beanstock - note that Jack planted his beans in Seattle with the Space Needle and some of Seattle's other recognizable buildings included
London Bridge is Falling Down - the details include Humpty Dumpty and several other interesting characters.
London Bridge is Falling Down - the details include Humpty Dumpty and several other interesting characters.
There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe - such an amazing design with an upside down shoe.
There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe - such an amazing design with an upside down shoe.
Hey Diddle Diddle - the cow is in motion and actually jumping over the moon.
Hey Diddle Diddle - the cow is in motion and actually jumping over the moon.
Hickory Dickory Dock - in this gingerbread house there are moving parts, too - including mice and the clock.
Hickory Dickory Dock - in this gingerbread house there are moving parts, too - including mice and the clock.

Which 2013 Gingerbread House is the best?

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Making Great Gingerbread Houses

Making Great Gingerbread Houses: Delicious Designs from Cabins to Castles, from Lighthouses to Tree Houses
Making Great Gingerbread Houses: Delicious Designs from Cabins to Castles, from Lighthouses to Tree 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"

Little Mermaid Undersea Castle Gingerbread house
Little Mermaid Undersea Castle Gingerbread house

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 Photos

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Ariel, the Little Mermaid Undersea CastleAladdin's Magical CastleAlice in Wonderland CastleBrothers Grimm CastleBeauty and the Beast CastleNarnia's Snow Queen Castle
Ariel, the Little Mermaid Undersea Castle
Ariel, the Little Mermaid Undersea Castle
Aladdin's Magical Castle
Aladdin's Magical Castle
Alice in Wonderland Castle
Alice in Wonderland Castle
Brothers Grimm Castle
Brothers Grimm Castle
Beauty and the Beast Castle
Beauty and the Beast Castle
Narnia's Snow Queen Castle
Narnia's Snow Queen Castle

Which 2012 Gingerbread House is your favorite?

Which 2012 Gingerbread House would you have voted for?

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The 2011 Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village - "Holiday Express" Gingerbread Houses

Kiwi Christmas Gingerbread 2011
Kiwi Christmas Gingerbread 2011

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 VickiSims

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Flinder Street Station - Melbourne, AustraliaGare du Palais Train Station - Quebec CanadaGrand Central Station - New YorkKings Cross Station LondonIsland of Misfit Toys Train - North Pole
Flinder Street Station - Melbourne, Australia
Flinder Street Station - Melbourne, Australia
Gare du Palais Train Station - Quebec Canada
Gare du Palais Train Station - Quebec Canada
Grand Central Station - New York
Grand Central Station - New York
Kings Cross Station London
Kings Cross Station London
Island of Misfit Toys Train - North Pole
Island of Misfit Toys Train - North Pole

Which was your favorite gingerbread house from 2011? - Photos by VickiSims

Which 2011 gingerbread house would you have voted for?

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Where is the Seattle Gingerbread Village?

A markerSeattle Sheraton Hotel -
1400 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA
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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

Seattle Sheraton Hotel
Seattle Sheraton Hotel | Source

Build Your Own Gingerbread House Kit

Create-a-treat Gingerbread House Kit, Deluxe Model net wt.2.66 lbs
Create-a-treat Gingerbread House Kit, Deluxe Model net wt.2.66 lbs

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

Do you have a tradition of making or going to see gingerbread houses? - What do you think of the gingerbread houses at the Seattle Sheraton Gingerbread Village?

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      LisaDH 3 years ago

      Those are some amazing gingerbread houses!

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      Erin Mellor 3 years ago from Europe

      What a delight, I'd love to see these houses in person, I've tried making them at home, but mine always look like shacks after an earthquake.

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      Vicki Green 3 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @Erin Mellor: Me too - 9 on the Richter scale! - I'm all thumbs and don't have a creative bone in my body.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      So I've lived here all these years and never heard about the gingerbread houses. Wonderful pictures and fun idea.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I wish that Seattle Sheraton had of had this event when I lived there as I would have loved to see it.

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      sybil watson 3 years ago

      I've never seen a gingerbread ship! What a fabulous idea. It seems like a great event to get you in the Christmas mood.

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      marsha32 3 years ago

      omg....those would be so amazing to look at. Can you imagine having that much talent....and patience to build them?

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Wow, i never see a gingerbread tree b4, are those deco or edible

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      Mary Norton 15 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed looking at the pictures of gingerbread with their creative designs. Somehow, they put me into the Christmas spirit.

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