Well, this is that time of year again! Holiday decorations are being hung up among homes all over the country, people are buying gifts for their loved ones, and there seems to be an abundance of seasonal music and foods wherever you go. One of the most iconic treats every winter season is the classic gingerbread; whether it be a latte, cookie, cake (you name it)… it’s all over. Nothing says ‘the holidays’ like buying a gingerbread house kit at a local supermarket, not following the directions, and making whatever kind of gingerbread home you desire. Not to mention, saving some of the icing for yourself. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see a gingerbread house come to life?
Fortunately, the New York Hall of Science in Queens does the job amazingly well. The 3rd annual GingerBread Lane is back again until January 9th, 2016 and this time, it’s better than ever. The GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Book of Records in the last two years for having the largest gingerbread village. We can definitely see why: GingerBread Lane covers 500 square feet and has more than 1,050 houses and buildings. It includes the iconic double-decker carousel from Coney Island’s pass and S.C. Kringle & Co. Department Store from the early 1900s. There is also an Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, Candy Cane Place and Toffee Boulevard. For the first time, GingerBread Lane includes The Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee Shoppe, The EveryDay’s Thanksgiving Café, a second train, and a 10-square-foot candy factory you can see inside of as you climb the stairs to view GingerBread Lane.
GingerBread Lane is solely made from edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing and candy. The chef and creator of GingerBread Lane is Jon Lovitch, who has been making this since 1997. Each year, GingerBread Lane becomes more complex and ‘mouth-drop’ worthy. The entire process of GingerBread Lane is a year long: between buying the ingredients in an immense bulk, coming up with a design, making sure all the ingredients are sturdy enough to stick and hold, and putting it all together into one beautiful creation, this is definitely dedication.
I guess you can say it’s like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory mixed with holiday cheer: absolutely incredible. And the best part? This event is free because it’s included in the museum’s admission price: $15. So, you don’t have to pay extra! Seems like a very fair deal to me.
Also, GingerBread Lane is having a free event for visitors to take part in! On November 28th from noon – 3 pm there will be a GingerBread House-Building Demonstration where visitors can watch Jon Lovitch assemble one of his special gingerbread houses, constructed only of home-baked gingerbread, royal icing and candy.
So, Urban Scoopers, GingerBread Lane is waiting! This is definitely an event I would not miss out on.
New York Hall of Science Address:
47-01 111th St. Corona, NY