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25th Annual Gingerbread Village

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton
For 25 years, Seattle has embraced the Sheraton Seattle’s Annual Gingerbread Village benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. As a tribute to the city, the theme for the Sheraton Seattle Hotel’s 25th Annual Gingerbread Village is 25 Years of Cheer: A Celebration of Seattle. The hotel invites visitors to stroll through Seattle’s cobblestone past and glimpse into its future, reflecting on what makes the city special.
 
GINGERBREAD1Courtesy photo by Spike Mafford.Seattle’s top architecture firms, master builders and Sheraton Seattle culinary teams have come together to rediscover the city’s historic past and imagine the future, including its waterfront. From the looming skyscrapers and underground tunnels, to the Seattle Great Wheel and the Space Needle that symbolize our city today, Seattle has a rich history of incredible structures. Along with a look back at the city’s storied past, this year’s displays will envision the future of Seattle.
 
This year, the Sheraton Seattle’s Gingerbread Village will be located across the street from the Sheraton at the City Centre building to accommodate the visually striking display. The relocation to City Centre is also, in part, a result of the refresh currently underway at the hotel. With the Sheraton’s Gingerbread Village on display across the street, for the first time, the public will be able to view part of the display through windows on Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The Sheraton hopes this will bring interest to the pedestrians strolling downtown Seattle this holiday season and invite those passing by to explore more inside City Centre. Viewing hours of the display are Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. With ease of movement being of the upmost importance to the Sheraton Seattle, the hotel worked with City Centre to provide a location that would allow the public to experience an extra-special Gingerbread Village marking its 25th anniversary.  
 
Last year’s Gingerbread Village inspired by the magical wizarding world raised a record-breaking $105,000 for the Northwest chapter of JDRF. This season, Executive Chef John Armstrong and his team aim to keep up the fundraising momentum with awe-inspiring designs. Throughout the years, Gingerbread Village has raised nearly $1 million for JDRF. The Sheraton Seattle’s staff donates more than 1,000 volunteer hours for this event, and the displays use an estimated 1,200 lbs. of dough, 800 lbs. of icing, 200 lbs. of white chocolate, 250 lbs. of almond paste and hundreds of pounds of candy.
 
The Sheraton Seattle Hotel’s 25th Annual Gingerbread Village
at City Centre (new location)
1420 Fifth Ave. Ste 450
Seattle, WA 98101
 
Open: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018
 
For more information about Seattle’s beloved holiday tradition benefiting the Northwest Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, please visit www.gingerbreadvillage.org, where visitors can visit gingerbread displays, vote for their favorites and donate online.
 

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