Visitors can marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year.
GingerBread Lane is the record-holder of the Guinness World Records for largest gingerbread village. In order to be eligible for the title, every element of the gingerbread display must be edible, and the display must imitate a village with houses, shops and town services such as a firehouse and police station. Creator Jon Lovitch will again try to break his own record with this year’s GingerBread Lane.
Every year, Lovitch designs, bakes and decorates all of the structures for GingerBread Lane in his home in Queens, N.Y. When Lovitch gets an idea for a building in GingerBread Lane, the first sketches it out in a notepad and then brings it to life with frosting and candy that he purchases throughout the year. Part of the fun of GingerBread Lane is seeing the various ways that candy is used to decorate the houses: pieces of gum become brick walls, candy canes become railings on staircases, and M&M’s, candy corn, jelly beans, and Necco Wafers become colorful rooftop shingles.
This year’s GingerBread Lane includes a number of storefronts with quirky names: Pickles and Ice Cream Pregnancy Boutique, 8 Maids a Milking Dairy and Milk Bar, 6 Geese a Laying Brunch Café, 5 Golden Rings Jewelry Store, The Well Dressed Gingerbread Man Flannel Pajamas, I Saw Three Ships Custom Built Sailboats, and Deck the Halls Holiday Decorating Service.
GingerBread Lane is free with museum admission.
GINGERBREAD LANE EVENTS
GingerBread Lane Workshops
December 27, 28, 29 & 30, 2019: 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm
Visitors can make their own gingerbread houses or trains in this popular workshop that sells out every year. Each participant receives a kit with all of the materials that baker Jon Lovitch uses to create his GingerBread Lane exhibition: gingerbread pieces, icing and candy. Recommended for ages 4 and older. $15 per project, plus museum admission. (Members: $10 per project)
GingerBread Lane House Giveaway
January 12, 2020; 2 – 5 pm
Museum visitors can take home a piece of GingerBread Lane. Gingerbread houses will be given away on a first-come, first served basis until every piece of GingerBread Lane is gone. Free with museum admission.
Photo by Andrew Kelly/NY Hall of Science
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