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.