17 Incredible Gingerbread Houses You Have to See to Believe

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Gingerbread season is here! While the candy-covered creations we make with our own kids are what we’d call “shabby chic” at best, some folks really take it to the next level. We’ve rounded up a village of gingerbread houses that will make your jaw drop. Keep reading to see each one in all their sugary glory.


The Grove Park Inn

Modern Gingerbread House

The Grove Park Inn in Asheville is famous for its annual Gingerbread House Competition, and while you won’t be able to see 2021’s winner until Jan. 2022, this modern take on the classic holiday project took second place in 2019! 


Nightmare Before Christmas

Waterbar’s Executive Pastry Chef Erica Land spend over 100 hours creating this amazing rendition of Halloween Town from Tim Burton’s classic film The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s three feet tall, six feet wide and includes over 25 lbs. of gingerbread! You can see it in the San Francisco-based restaurant until New Year’s Day. 

Sweet & Simple’s Clever house

British Columbia-based baker Sweet & Simple Kitchen’s  beautiful use of powdered sugar and almond shingles has us dreaming of a cozy cabin somewhere. 

This variation from Monkey Mind Chicago is definitely for the dogs!

Stan L. via Yelp

Gingerbread Castle

This jaw-dropping gingerbread castle was displayed at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco in 2016. We can only imagine how long it took to construct, with countless towers, windows and even snowy trees outside.

Ashley M. via Yelp

Snowy Mansion

This snowy mansion popped up in Portland’s Benson Hotel in 2016. In addition to the regal house with windows that you can peek inside, there are also dozens of snowy trees and an icy lake out front.

Jared Smith via Sugar & Cloth

A Retro Gingerbread Camper

We’re totally crushing on this creation by Sugar & Cloth, complete with Rice Krispy Christmas tree on top of the sweet retro camper. There are even step-by-step instructions if you’re feeling brave enough to attempt it yourself.

Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach

There’s No Place Like This Gingerbread House

Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach created a jaw-dropping take on The Wizard of Oz, made with 400 pounds of gingerbread dough, 300 pounds of fondant and 100 pounds of chocolate.

Cookie Connection

Haunted Gingerbread House

Two of our favorite holidays collide in this spooky house from Cookie Connection. A candy-lined path leads up to a sweet mansion that’s crawling with ivy—would you dare to step inside?

White House Historical Association

White House

The White House gingerbread house is a tradition that’s been going on since the Carter administration. We think the 2019 house was pretty awesome because not only is the White House featured, but other important American landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the Alamo are included too. 

My Name Is Yeh

Gingerbread Farm

How cute is this farm setup from My Name Is Yeh? Complete with matcha trees, heart-shaped jolly rancher windows, and gingerbread ponies, it’s a farm you can really sink your teeth into. See more photos by clicking here.

DisneyParks Blog

Boardwalk Concession Stand

Disney doesn’t do anything halfway—including this life-size replica of a Jersey Shore Boardwalk concession stand at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, which has a grand-total 674 gingerbread shingles. We’ve only got one question: how do you keep the kiddos from nibbling on it as they walk by?

The Omni Grove Park Inn

The Three Little Pigs, Gingerbread Style

Here’s another winner from the Omni Grove Park Inn’s 2019 contest, but this time, it’s the first place winner in the teen category! 

DisneyParks Blog

Frozen Gingerbread Ice Castle

Frozen fans will appreciate this awesome gingerbread ice castle that popped up at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Florida. Anna, Elsa and rest of the gang are all ready to wave hello.

With Love and Confection

Valentine Gingerbread House

Here’s a cute idea—combine a couple of holidays for an extra special gingerbread house. This creation is super sweet down to the last detail, from the heart-shaped roof tiles to the glittery snowman in the front yard.

Gingerbread Exchange

Land of Misfit Toys

This cute gingerbread house combines an iconic building at the National Institutes of Health with everyone’s favorite reindeer and all of his friends. Watch out for the Abominable Snowman in the background!

Search Lawrence

Up Gingerbread House

This clever house looks just like the one featured in Pixar’s hit movie Up. From the “grass” made out of toasted coconut to the rice paper curtains, this house makes every detail count.

— Susie Foresman



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