What’s in your … Gingerbread House
The St. Regis Aspen Resort will reveal a confectionary marvel Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. Standing 7 feet tall, children will be able to have their photo taken in front of the giant gingerbread house with Santa and walk inside the sugary structure. Complimentary hot cocoa and treats will be served. stregisaspen.com/festive/
The St. Regis will also host gingerbread cookie decorating on Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. stregisaspen.com/festive/
Viceroy Snowmass will help guests make a “deliciously sweet masterpiece” at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 and Dec. 26, as well as dates in 2019. viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/snowmass
The Hotel Jerome will host a free cookie decorating party on Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. hoteljerome.aubergeresorts.com
OUR HOUSE: Gingerbread houses can be homemade (if you’re feeling really festive), but for the recent Buddy Program gingerbread house decorating event they were purchased in kits. You can find kits of all kinds — single houses, tiny houses, villages and more — at most grocery stores and big-box outlets. You can also do the elementary school way by “pasting” graham crackers on small milk cartons, giving your creation a truly old-school vibe.
CAN’T HAVE TOO MUCH CANDY: And we mean you can’t have too much candy available for decorating, nor put too much on that gingerbread house. On the Buddy Program table of goodies: marshmallows, gumdrops, pretzels, hard candies, Twizzlers, candy canes and more.
QUOTABLE: “I thought maybe we could make gingerbread houses, and eat cookie dough, and go ice skating, and maybe even hold hands.” — Buddy the Elf, in the holiday classic “Elf”
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