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California Gingerbread Craze

Published on: November 13, 2019


Some of us eat gingerbread cookies all year long (Trader Joe’s triple ginger snaps are my favorite!) Ginger is said to help digestion and aid travelers who feel sea sick. Some take it to help ease nausea during chemo treatments.

Each year around November California’s some talented hotel and theme park chefs plan their strategies to create a Wow for the the public to enjoy a bakery favorite. Designs range from a life-size beachin’ vehicle that once appeared at Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach, to traditional displays–or in Disneyland’s case, a Haunted Mansion themed spectacular!

Gingerbread is so fantastic that Sausalito built the month of December around it for tourists to see dozens of  incredibly creative shop window displays.

It’s never too early to learn the science of gingerbread, as you’ll see at Southern California’s Discovery Science Centers. Their annual Science of Gingerbread, includes a contest, interactive experiences and just what it takes to make this magic come to life. Whether you’re cooking or looking, there are many opportunities to enjoy gingerbread this holiday.

California Gingerbread Holidays

  • ANAHEIM:  Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Holiday 50th Anniversary Gingerbread House September 6, 2019 – through holidays
  • ANAHEIM: Grand Californian Gingerbread Display 2019 holidays
  • DANA POINT: Gingerbread Extravaganza in The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Lobby November 24, 2019-January 2, 2020
  • GRASS VALLEY  Gingerbread House Competition  November 29-December 1
  • KINGSBURG: Santa Lucia Celebration Gingerbread House Contest December 7
  • LOS ANGELES: Discovery Science Center Science of Gingerbread November 29, 2019-January 5, 2020
  • MONTEREY:  Doc Ricketts’ Lab December 9-Christmas
  • NEWPORT BEACH: Holiday Gingerbread Display:  Fashion Island of Misfit Toys December 1-29
  • OLYMPIC VALLEY: Gingerbread Village  at Resort at Squaw Creek Lake Tahoe November 29-Christmas
  • OXNARD: Gingerbread Fest at Heritage Square, December 7-29
  • PETALUMA: Hotel Petaluma Gingerbread House Contest  December 13-16
  • SAN DIEGO: Gingerbread City December 3
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Fairmont San Francisco Gingerbread House   November 30, 2019-January 1, 2020
  • SANTA ANA The Science of Gingerbread November 29, 2019-January 5, 2020
  • SAUSALITO: Gingerbread House Competition  December 1-31


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