24 Days of Christmas: Day 18

Sticking with the donation theme, for day 18 we went to see gingerbread houses. The Laurel Point Inn puts on a display and, like the Festival of Trees, you can vote for your favourite one.

I had heard the gingerbread houses were impressive, but I was still amazed at how detailed they were. The theme this year is family. There were many different ways family was represented: from the Griswolds, to Frozen, to native gingerbread creations.

There were tiny mice in dollhouse like bedrooms. There was popcorn “smoke” coming out of a chimney. There were blankets, presents, leaves and Christmas lights. There were totem poles and sleds, Christmas trees and fireplaces.

One of the things I liked the best is there are different levels of professionalism. There are businesses, professionals and amateurs who enter the showcase. The one in the image above was created by a kindergarten class with help from teacher and parent volunteers!

The houses are made from 100% edible ingredients. Voting is by donation (suggested minimum $2) and proceeds support Habitat for Humanity Victoria.

Our kids each picked their favourite gingerbread creations and handed in their votes.

We all enjoyed looking at the houses. I could have spent more time looking at all the details… the kids rushed me, oh well. I may have to sneak back to take a second look before they’re gone.

The display is up until January 3, 2016 and is open from 9am-9pm daily. If you haven’t seen them I encourage you to go down and take a look. If you’re unable to go down, you can also see all of the entries here.

It’s amazing the types of things you can find during the holiday season. It’s not too late to check out what’s in your area for a family outing!


If you missed some of the series check out the links below, and don’t forget to follow along right up to Christmas!

Introduction: Why we are doing a family advent calendar

Day 1: Santa’s Anonymous

Day 2: Decorating the Tree

Day 3: Visit Santa at the Mall

Day 4: Family Movie Night

Day 5: Sock Snowmen

Day 6: The Ferris Wheel

Day 7: Diabetes Disaster and Fun with Paint

Day 8: Treats for the Teachers

Day 9: Colouring with the Family

Day 10: Christmas Cards?

Day 11: School Movie Night

Day 12: Gingerbread House

Day 13: The Train Ride

Day 15: Baking Cookies

Day 16: Trip to the Fire Station

Day 17: Festival of Trees


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