Larger-than-life, Sweeter-than-ever Holiday Displays

There’s one in the city and one down south, and both of these holiday displays are a sight to see. The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs have constructed massive gingerbread displays for guests to enjoy through the holiday months.

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Photo by Nate Samson

The Sheraton Hotel sits in the heart of downtown Denver, and a 15-foot-tall gingerbread house sits in the heart of its lobby. The holiday house features 55 kinds of candy, 300 pounds of royal icing, and 2,600 gingerbread shingles.

The hotel’s culinary team spent more than 100 hours baking the edible components while architects from Craine Architecture ensured that the 1,200 pounds of gingerbread were structurally sound. The inside of the house is fully furnished, complete with a Christmas tree, fireplace (on television), and furniture accented with cozy holiday decor.

Students at Johnson & Wales University created a variety of accessories displayed in front of the house as part of the third annual Gingerbread Village Challenge, including a carousel, snowman, workshop table, Christmas tree, nutcracker, sleigh, and dollhouse. Seven teams of two students participated in the challenge, and a downtown-based panel of judges chose the three best teams.

Visitors are welcome to walk inside and tour the gingerbread house until January.

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100 YEARS OF SWEET MEMORIES Courtesy The Broadmoor

In Colorado Springs, the historic Broadmoor Resort wrapped up its centennial year with its largest gingerbread display ever; a 13½-foot-tall replica of the original 1918 resort.

The resort’s gingerbread display is a holiday tradition, and this year it’s bigger than ever. Celebrating 100 years of sweet memories, the holiday display took executive pastry chef Adam Thomas, more than 10 master pastry chefs, and two carpenters more than 220 hours to create—after four months of planning, that is. It includes 650 eggs, 164 pounds of dark chocolate, 89 pounds of butter, 128 pounds of molasses, and 78 pounds of assorted candy.

The resort displayed its first gingerbread creation 34 years ago: a Hansel and Gretel house made entirely of gingerbread with a sugar wafer roof complete with snow icing. Since then, the resort’s teams of pastry chefs have created a variety of creations, including a nearly full-size steam engine and chapel last year.

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