The world’s largest gingerbread village opens this weekend in Queens for the NYC holiday season. It’s the third consecutive Guinness World Record for GingerBread Lane, with more than 1,000 structures, including a double-decker Coney Island-style carousel and a 1900s style S.C. Kringle & Co. Department Store.
The annual NYC GingerBread Lane is at The New York Hall of Science in Queens, and runs through January 10, 2016, when all the houses, structures and candy decoration will be given away to charity.
The opening ceremony is 3pm on Saturday, Nov. 13, with a meet-and-greet with the creator, Chef Jon Lovitch, who works on the project pretty much all year, giveaways and more.
Schedule and Details: Nov. 13, 2015 to Jan. 10, 2016
- Where: New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 47-01 111th, Queens, New York; 718-699-0005
- Opening Day, November 13, 2015, 3-5pm – Guinness World Record Count, Meet the Creator, Enjoy Cider, Gingerbread and Music
- GingerBread Lane House Giveaway – January 10, 2016; exhibit on display 10am-11am, and line forms; giveaway starts at 11am
- Tickets: $15 adults 18+; $12 children 2-17, students, seniors
- Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10am-6pm; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
- Gingerbread Workshops – November 22 and December 12 for NYSCI members
Acknowledged as the “largest gingerbread village in the world” by the 2014 and 2013 Guinness World Records, the all-new GingerBread Lane 2015 covers 500 square feet with more than 1,050 houses and structures including a double-decker Coney Island-style carousel and the S.C. Kringle & Co. Department Store, hearkening back to Gimbels in the early 1900s.
GingerBread Lane 2015 has new twists like The Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee Shoppe, The EveryDay’s Thanksgiving Café, a second train (for the first time), and a 10-square-foot candy factory you can see inside of as you climb the stairs to see GingerBread Lane.
Made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy, GingerBread Lane is the creation of Chef Jon Lovitch and takes one year to develop and complete, requiring approximately 1500 hours of labor. Last year’s circular, 450-square-foot village weighed 1.5 tons and had 1003 houses, an estimated 3250 pounds of icing, 750 pounds of candy and 600 pounds of gingerbread dough.
As a grand finale, Lovitch will give away all houses on Jan. 10, 2016; he will also ship houses to children unable to visit due to illness or other personal situations.
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photo courtesy GingerBread Lane