The world’s largest gingerbread village has returned to Queens for the 2018 holiday season in NYC, and expected to win yet another Guinness World Record for its more than 1,000 structures.
The annual NYC GingerBread Lane is at The New York Hall of Science in Queens, and runs through mid-January 2019 when all the houses, structures and candy decoration are given away to charity. You can grab a piece for yourself, on that final day only.
It takes the creator, Chef Jon Lovitch, a full year of work to create the annual edible masterpiece.
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 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. Lovitch will again try to break his own record with the 2018 GingerBread Lane.
When Lovitch gets an idea for a building, he 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.
Schedule and Details:
Where: New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 47-01 111th, Queens, New York; 718-699-0005
GingerBread Lane House Giveaway – January 21, 2019, 2pm to 5pm. Visitors are asked to bring their own box or bag to take home pieces.
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 Lane Workshops
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 & 30, 2018; 1 & 3 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.
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 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.
Lovitch also ships houses to children unable to visit due to illness or other personal situations.
More details about GingerBread Lane are on its website.
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This article was first published in 2014 and is updated annually.