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The Best Gingerbread House Displays In and Around NJ

Visit these epic life-size gingerbread houses and record-breaking villages with your little elves this season.


Photo courtesy of New Jersey family staff


The Gingerbread House at Great Wolf Lodge’s Snowland

1 Great Wolf Dr., Scotrun, PA
800-768-9653; greatwolf.com
Dates TBD in November

After spending an afternoon in Snowland, a wintry fantasy land full of featuring indoor snow showers, twinkly lights and ol’ Saint Nick, families can actually have lunch at this dine-in Gingerbread House. The house is complete with gingerbread walls, snow-white icing and candy galore. Reserve a table ASAP; plus, proceeds are donated to Ronald McDonald’s Charity House, perfect for the season of giving.

Gingerbread Wonderland at Frelinghuysen Arboretum

353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Twp.
973-326-7601, arboretumfriends.org
Wonderland runs November 30-December 9; Craft show runs December 1-2 and 8-9

This December marks the 27th annual Gingerbread Wonderland, which boasts more than 200 edible structures. Past gingerbread creations have included models of Notre Dame Cathedral, Hanukkah menorahs, Japanese temples, Chinese pagodas, European castles and neighborhood sweet shops. You can also fill out a form to submit your own gingerbread creation to Wonderland. If that's not enough holiday sweetness for you, visit during the Gingerbread Craft Show full of handmade crafts available for purchase.  Admission to both events is $2 at the door and kids 2 and under are free.

Mohegan Sun's World of Holiday Marvels

1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, CT
888-226-7711, mohegansun.com
Call for date and time details

This life-size gingerbread house is off limits to hungry dessert-lovers, but is still totally edible! The colossal confection is nearly 30 feet tall and made from over 20,000 pounds of royal icing and cookies. Such a sweet treat needs to be protected from hungry kiddies, so 7-foot edible nutcracker soldiers stand guard at the entrance. Munch treats or sip cocoa and cider inside the house, located in The Shops concourse.

Skytop Lodge’s Life-Size Gingerbread House

1 Skytop Lodge Rd., Skytop, PA
855-345-7759, skytop.com
December 1-23

This annual PA attraction is made from gigantic slabs of gingerbread and icing, and it's totally life-size. Get an epic Instagram pic by the house before checking out fireside story time, the marshmallow roast, candlelight skating, yule log ceremony and more. Most of the Christmas activities happen on weekends, so check the schedule before making the trip.

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Taste of Home Gingerbread Boulevard

Madison Square Park
23rd-26th Sts. between 5th and Madison Aves., NYC
Dec. 6-19

Drool over gingerbread bricks, peppermint shingles, a frosting-covered roof and tons of candy brought to you by Taste of Home magazine. And this cookie crib isn't just to look at from the outside. TOH is launching magical dining experiences to sign up for the first time this year. Sign-ups are online and at a kiosk at the house from December 6-10 (the experiences are on December 15, 16 and 18; winners notified on December 11) from noon-6 pm. Chow down on festive desserts like gingerbread truffles, bananas foster French toast, peppermint swirl marshmallows and maple bacon doughnut bites. Head there on December 6 at 3:30 pm for the Madison Square Park tree lighting. Don't forget to snap a pic in the sleigh parked out front!

Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th Street, NYC
718-669-0005, nysci.org
November 10-January 21, 2019

Check out the spot that has won the Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread village four years in a row. These yummy homes take an entire year to map out, create and design and are made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy.

Hershey’s Holiday Chocolate House

Chocolate World at Hershey Park
101 Chocolate World Way, Hershey, PA
800-437-7439, hersheys.com/chocolateworld
November 16 - January 1, 2019

It’s a gingerbread house...made of chocolate! Peruse this sweet abode that features 15 different types of Hershey’s confectionery goods and stands more than 9 feet tall and covers 48 square feet. In addition, for every hour spent building the house—and it takes a long time—Hershey’s Chocolate World donates $8 to the Children’s Miracle Network.


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