There is something so magical about a gingerbread house that will always delight a child–and a kid-at-heart. Two Valley resorts are delighting guests with jaw-dropping gingerbread villages, as well as a gingerbread house-making class to create your own edible masterpiece at home.
Phoenix’s JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa debuted the remarkable Christmas in Who-ville Gingerbread Village. The eye-popping 40-foot by 25-foot gingerbread village is inspired by Dr. Seuss’ Who-ville fantasy town and took 800 man hours to complete. The Christmas in Who-ville features delightful Oreo cookie streets, ornate Who-ville candy cars, a Santa Shop, moving carousels, an abundance of mascarpone and pastillage for whimsical Who-ville characters, candy canes, lollipops and holiday lights in addition to, of course, numerous hand-crafted gingerbread houses. And in true Dr. Suess fashion, the Grinch himself will be stopping by from time to time while Christmas in Who-ville Gingerbread Village is on display at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa through Jan. 1. http://www.jwdesertridgeresort.com/.
A puzzle-theme gingerbread creation was unveiled at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North yesterday. The puzzle theme was chosen due to the resort’s partnership with the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center. More than 30 pounds of chocolate, 300 pounds of sugar and 150 pounds of gingerbread went into making the gingerbread display which features 20 gingerbread houses, a working train and snow-capped mountains of frosting. The SARRC puzzle pieces are incorporated throughout the village, adorning the roofs, walls, doors and windows of the houses. In addition to accepting donations to SARRC while the village is on display, the resort’s Pastry Chef Lance Whipple also will hold three gingerbread house decorating classes on Dec. 3, 10 and 17, each from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests will enjoy festive beverages and treats during these hands-on classes, learning how to assemble and create their own holiday house. The cost for each interactive class is $45, with proceeds also benefiting SARRC. www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale.