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1 Great Wolf Dr., Scotrun, PA
November 25-January 1
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.
353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township
Wonderland runs December 1-10; Craft show runs December 2-3 and 9-10
This December marks the 26th 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.
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville
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.
1 Skytop Lodge Rd., Skytop, PA
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.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MARGARITA CORPORAN
Madison Square Park
23rd-26th Sts. between 5th and Madison Aves., NYC
Dec. 7-20; 2-8 pm on weekdays, noon-8 pm on weekends
Drool over gingerbread bricks, a frosting-covered roof and tons of seasonal candy (peppermint sticks and gum drops, anyone?), brought to you by Taste of Home magazine. And this cookie crib isn't just to look at from the outside; you can venture inside to see all the interactive surprises waiting for you. Head there on December 7 at 3:30 pm for the Madison Square Park tree lighting and for the opening for Gingerbread Boulevard.
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