Holiday Gingerbread Village: for Viewing NOT Eating!

Gingerbread Village at Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel in Waikiki

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel
120 Kaiulani Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
Approximately Dec. 1 to Jan. 2

I admit that a snow-capped holiday gingerbread village is just about the last thing I would ever expect to find on a Hawaii vacation, but that’s precisely what makes this one-of-a-kind Hawaii attraction so fantastic!  You can stroll off the beach and into the open-air lobby of Waikiki’s Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel, and there it is… a frosted fantasy world literally filling nearly half of the hotel lobby!  Wow!

Gingerbread Village Aloha Tower

Now I don’t know if you’ve ever made a gingerbread house before, but even with those kits you can buy at the store, it’s a lot of work just to get one shoddy structure of questionable artistic value.  In contrast, every December at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel, executive chef Ralf Bauer’s incredible Hawaii and international gingerbread village is everything you imagine you’ll make – plus a thousand times more!

Recipe for a world-class gingerbread village:

Gingerbread Village German Chalet

Approximately 300 square feet of lobby space.

250 gallons of snowy-white icing.

Sydney Opera House in the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Gingerbread Village

150 pounds of dark chocolate.

50 pounds of white chocolate.

90 sheets of gingerbread.

Moving trains, ski lifts, amusement park rides, ice skaters, and more.

Combine all ingredients in half of a hotel lobby.  Bake, cut, carve, build, glaze, and decorate world-famous structures and scenes for hundreds of hours.  Mount these confectionary creations and add railroad tracks, bridges, tunnels, and more.  Then apply electricity to all moving models and light-up effects.  (Note: measurements tend to increase each year.)

Gingerbread Village Kawaiahao Church and Hawaii Governor's Mansion

Around the gingerworld in 80 seconds:

Basically, the photos tell you more than my words ever could.  Nevertheless, I’ll do my best to help you form a mental image of the sugary wonderland sprawling out in front of me!  When I last went to this Hawaii activity, I started my gingerbread world tour at Hawaii’s own Aloha Tower and Iolani Palace.

Gingerbread Village Japanese Pagoda

Then I made my way around to the Hawaii governor’s mansion and Kawaiahao Church.  After that, my sightseeing adventure took me to a delicious-looking Japanese pagoda, Washington DC, the Eiffel Tower, a German ski village, and London!

London, Germany and France in the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel's Gingerbread Village

This display opens approximately December 1st and remains open until the day after New Year.  If you’re in Hawaii at that time, I would definitely recommend taking a few minutes to swing by the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel so that you too can gawk in wonder at the unlikely but amazing holiday gingerbread village.

NOTE: if you want some good Hawaiian Christmas music, both of the following are totally worth the download...

The whole album is good; but Willie K's version of O Holy Night is one of the two best I've ever heard, and I'm getting goosebumps just writing it. Meanwhile, his versions of Little Drummer Boy/Ring Your Christmas Bells and Unto Us is Born a King are both amazing.
But the award for most incredible Christmas song ever - Hawaiian or otherwise - probably has to go to the Cazimero Brothers for their version of Angels We Have Heard on High. Nothing compares. The whole album is enchanting; and it's also bittersweet since Roland Cazimero recently passed. He will be missed.

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