Where to See San Francisco's Spectacular Gingerbread Houses


It wouldn't be the holiday season without some really amazing gingerbread houses to feast your eyes upon. Luckily, some of SF's swankiest hotels really get into the spirit, with two-story, multi-room homes suitable for a whole family of gingerbread men. Just try not to nibble when you visit. 

Gingerbread Maison, at The Fairmont Hotel (pictured above) 

Location: 950 Mason Street

Viewing Dates: Through January 1, 2015

Specs: 22 feet high and 23 feet wide

Candy Intake: Thousands of home-baked gingerbread bricks and more than a ton of royal icing and candy décor.

Gingerbread Chateau, at The Palace Hotel

Address: 2 New Montgomery Street

Viewing Dates: Through December 30, 2014 

Specs: 8 feet tall and 16 feet wide 

Candy Intake: It's not all about the gingerbread houses (there are three separate abodes depicting differnet rooms) at the Palace this year, there's also two giant snow globes showcasing a moving gingerbread carousel and full on gingerbread family. Each scene is made entirely of gingerbread, royal icing, sugar sprinkles, candies and chocolate—and don't forget to admire that licorice roof! 

Sugar Tree at the Westin St. Francis

Location: 335 Powell Street

Viewing Dates: Through January 2, 2015

Specs: 12 feet tall 

Candy Intake: 1,000 pieces of glistening candy made from pulled and blown sugar embellishing five large circular layers. 

Santa's Living Room at The Claremont Hotel

Location: 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley

Viewing Dates: Through December 31, 2014

Candy Intake: 1,600 gingerbread bricks decorated with peppermint, lights, and even Santa's sleigh parked next to the chimney. 

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