|Gingerbread Houses - Savannah Festival|
Our family went to see our local Gingerbread Village a couple years ago, held at the Westin Hotel. Known as the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort, it is located on Hutchinson Island in the middle of the Savannah River directly across from Savannah, Georgia's famous River Street.
Holiday Houses in Gingerbread
|Gingerbread House Railroad Station|
Each creation is judged and voted upon the day before the festival opens to the public and prizes awarded.
Our Savannah Gingerbread Village is sponsored by The Savannah Harbor Foundation, a nonprofit that helps local and regional children's charities.
Savannah Harbor Foundation
The Foundation first began as a response to the tragedy of 9/11 when the General Manager of Westin Savannah Harbor, Mark Spadoni, felt the need to bring some feel-good, family-friendly, uplifting events to the city in the tragedy’s aftermath. Mark and other area business people joined forces to form the Savannah Harbor Foundation which hosts a variety of holiday festivities and other family-oriented events throughout the year.
Some of the Gingerbread Creations Seen on Our Tour...
|Old Lady in a Shoe|
|Gingerbread Golf Cart|
|Replica of Savannah's Famous 'Olde Pink House' Restaurant|
Southern cuisine served in an elegant Colonial mansion
|Westin Savannah Harbor Hotel in Gingerbread|
One of the largest and most elaborate Gingerbread Houses on display was over 4 feet tall and was a replica of the Westin Savannah Harbor Hotel.
The Rest of the Festival
|"Parade of Boats' on the Savannah River|
Make Your Own Gingerbread House
If you want to make your own Gingerbread House, recipes are available in a number of places online. Check out a list of various sites here.
Gingerbread House Kits
|Gingerbread Kit on Amazon|
No-bake kits for Gingerbread Houses are also available. They come with pre-baked gingerbread and pre-made icing, along with a variety of candies and stickers for decorating. These no-bake kits are especially good for kids.
These kits come in a large selection of themes from a fancy gingerbread manor house to Christmas houses to ones depicting popular cartoon figures such as the Minions, Peanuts or Spongebob. Whatever your interest, a Gingerbread House kit can be found.
So, grab a kit, or start with a recipe, and create a Gingerbread House this holiday season!
In what city have YOU seen this sweet Christmas festival of candy-covered creations?
(c) Originally published 12/3/2013. Updated 11/25/2016
*All images are personal photographs taken by Wednesday Elf at the Savannah Gingerbread House Festival