Where to Decorate (and See Fab) Gingerbread Houses in Portland

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photo credit: Beth Shea

Dot candy roofs, candy cane walkways and gingerbread walls can signify only one thing–the holiday season is officially in full swing. Grab your little gumdrops to make your own gingerbread house at one of these fun events around town. Don’t feel like decorating? We’ve even dug up a couple of spots where you can gawk at houses from the gingerbread pros.

Gingerbread Jamboree
Gingerbread Jamboree is a fun, festive event held by Junior League of Portland where families come to decorate gingerbread houses and meet Santa. All the icing, candy and decorations are provided and laid out, ready for your family’s imagination to take flight. There will be hot beverages and a visit from Santa, along with a professional photographer to take photos with your children.

When: Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-Noon and 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
For more event details click here. 

Gingerbread House Decorating at the Merry Kitchen
Let your kids go wild decorating their own gingerbread houses not in your own kitchen (read: no clean up!). After creating, take home your gingerbread house to proudly display.

When: Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $25

The Merry Kitchen
5202 NE 72nd Ave
Portland, Or
503-946-8357
Online: themerrykitchen.com

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photo credit: Carrie Stephens via creative commons flickr

Gingerbread House Decorating at The Kids Cooking Corner
For two Saturdays in December The Kids Cooking Corner, 100% volunteer non-profit, will transform their cooking school into a gingerbread decorating workshop. With freshly baked gingerbreads ready to decorate, your kids can go crazy with colored icing, a variety of candy and tools to make their dream home. Each workshop lasts one hour and you’ll want to make sure to get there early because only 60 houses are for sale.

When: Dec. 7 and Dec. 14. Workshops at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
Cost: $25 plus tax

The Kids Cooking Corner
5206 NE 78th St
Vancouver, Wa
Online: thekidscookingcorner.com

Holiday Fun Fest  
Ready to let your kids decorate with wild abandon and then abandon the mess? If so, be sure to stop by the Holiday Fun Fest at Wilsonville Community Center. For just $5 per house your little decorators can construct a graham cracker masterpiece complete with plenty of goodies “glued” across every available surface. (And let’s face it, more than a few “candy roof tiles” will go in their mouths as well.) Enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies while the creative juices flow and the big guy himself is set to make an appearance to marvel at all of the gingerbread creations.

When: Dec. 19, 2011 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $5 per house

Wilsonville Town Center
7965 SW Wilsonville Road
Wilsonville, Or
503-682-3727

And to gawk at…

Gingerbread Houses Created by Le Cordon Bleu Chefs
Too stressed to create your own gingerbread house? No problem. Marvel at gingerbread houses created by Le Cordon Bleu’s professional chefs. The sweet gingerbread houses are located in the lobby in front of the culinary school’s Christmas tree.

When: now!
Cost:
Free

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
600 SW 10th Avenue
Portland, Or
888-891-6222

Benson Hotel’s Centennial Celebration
Want to impress the kids, but not one for gingerbread making? For over 40 years the Benson Hotel in downtown Portland has been delighting Christmas visitors with extravagant gingerbread displays in its main lobby. And this year proves no different. Watch your little sweetie’s eyes light up as they take in this year’s design that celebrates 100 years of Benson legacy in Portland. This annual event is a definite kid-pleaser!

Bonus: If you can squeeze it in, head down to the Benson on Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m. for the grand unveiling.r

When: Anytime
Cost: Free

Benson Hotel
309 Southwest Broadway
Portland, Or
503-228-2000

Where is your favorite place to build gingerbread houses?

–Laurie Halter

To see other holiday events and activities happening in Portland click here!