Christmas on Gingerbread Lane, Hyatt Regency

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane

Hyatt Regency Hotel

655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

If you’re still looking for Christmas time activities for the kiddies or if you’re a Christmas junkie yourself, you must check out Gingerbread Lane in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Vancouver. With over forty gingerbread houses on display, covered in icing sugar, surrounded by candy snowmen and fondant Santas, it’s hard not to eat everything in sight. It’s a good thing these houses are fenced off!

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

There is a donation box on Gingerbread Lane, collecting funds for the Make a Wish Foundation.

Gingerbread houses originated from Europe and it’s generally a traditional German recipe that creates sturdy enough gingerbread planks to build houses. Gotta love that industrial German engineering! And as you all remember, a very famous gingerbread house was featured in the German fairytale, Hansel and Gretel.

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane features gingerbread houses built by Vancouver public school students, culinary arts students and local bakeries. The Lane is magical, enchanting and filled with the perfect amount of Christmas warmth and cheer. You have to check it out!

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

A major sucker for details, one of my favourites was not an actual house but a whole scene created out of gingerbread and fondant. It was a bedroom filled with kids, mice and toys. I especially love the two children hiding under the bed and the sleepy kids on the bench, waiting for Santa.

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

I couldn’t capture this in the photos but the cake on the first shelf spins. It was incredible and adorable.

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Everything about this gingerbread Christmas scene was sculpted to the last detail. Even the back of the display featured a fat snow man and a ‘Santa’s Workshop’ sign.

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Built by the talented students in the Baking and Pastry Arts Department at the Vancouver Community College, every detail in this display was amazing. Also, I wish I could eat it.

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

My other favourite was an intricately built gingerbread house made by KD Cakes in Port Coquitlam.

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Not only is this gingerbread house gorgeous from the outside, frosted rooftops, candy cane pillars, surrounded by icing trees and a sugar pond. It was what was inside the house that was the most eye catching.

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Peeking through the clear candy glass, the inside of the house is as intricately built as the outside. It was hard to take pictures through such tiny windows but inside were rooms filled with candy furniture, a bathroom with a candy toilet, musical instruments, and my most favourite room was a living room with a keyboard, violin, couch, a coffee table and a plate of cookies on top of the coffee table. You can see the chocolate chips in the cookies! Amazing!

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Many other visitors were stooped down low just like me, trying to take pictures through the candy glass windows.

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Another cool thing on Gingerbread Lane were the large Gingerbread men cutouts for little kids to stick their faces in for photo ops. Can you see the cute but shy and scared little boy in the below picture?

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

I’m glad to see the Hyatt Regency continuing this cool Christmas tradition in support of Make A Wish Foundation!

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane Hyatt Regency Hotel 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver



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