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Life-size gingerbread house rises on the Las Vegas Strip

Nov 21, 2019 | ,

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Call it a Christmas miracle.

The peppermint-tiled, gum drop-topped, sugar bear-laden gingerbread house that children dream of living inside — exists. And at 15 feet tall, it’s one of the sweetest lodgings on the Las Vegas Strip.

The team at the Patisserie at Aria has been working as hard as elves for two weeks to construct the whimsical structure, bake over 600 pounds of gingerbread, bring 5-foot-tall gingerbread people to life and create molds for 30 giant sugar bears.

The idea for a larger-than-life holiday treat came from President and COO of Aria and Vdara Steve Zanella and Executive Director of Special Events at Aria Stefanie Ishii.

“Steve and Stefanie asked Food & Beverage if we could do it and we said yep,” says Jake Broadbent, assistant executive pastry chef.

Initially, the team at the patisserie played with the idea of using a greenhouse as the main structure and plating it with gingerbread.

“We started with sheds and greenhouses, but wanted something to really wow,” Broadbent says. “We drew up some sketches and the idea was a fairy house with a wonky shape.”

Broadbent decided they needed to build something from scratch.

“We went there and then we went big with it,” he says.

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