If you do nothing else holiday-related this December, get thee to the gingerbread house at San Francisco’s Fairmont hotel. It’s simply festive overload, in the best possible way.
The 22-foot-tall, two-story house in the Grand Lobby will knock your Christmas socks off. It’s huge. You can even walk through the middle of it and look in the windows to spy a mini kitchen with cookies ready to enter an oven, a giant nutcracker and a train circling through a snowy village.
This delectable edible abode (don’t nibble it, though — Santa frowns on that) is crafted fresh each year by the hotel’s culinary and engineering teams, with more than 7,500 baked gingerbread bricks, hundreds of pounds of candy and more than a ton of royal icing. The sweet, sweet cookie aroma fills the lobby.
But that’s not all. There’s a towering, glittering tree, every banister in the lobby is clad in lights and foliage, reindeer stand atop the registration desk and there’s a kids’ area called the North Pole Nook complete with a gingerbread doghouse.
For even more holiday swank, make reservations for one of hotel’s holiday tea times, available Nov. 24 through Jan. 1.
Details: It’s free to view the gingerbread house and decorations. The display opens Nov. 25; 950 Mason St. Check the website for pricing on holiday teas and for room rates; www.fairmont.com/sanfrancisco.