When DC and gingerbread houses are mentioned, one automatically thinks of the awesome gingerbread house at the White House. It might be amazing, but let’s face it, few of us get invitations to the White House and it’s not exactly the most kid-friendly place to visit. Despair not! There are plenty of local locales that offer Gingerbread House Making classes your kids will love. Best thing of all….you won’t have gobs of frosting all over YOUR house! Happy gingering amigos!

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St. Regis Hotel
Make it a point to take a Saturday drive into the city to see the holiday décor and head over to the St. Regis Hotel. After admiring the hotel’s own gingerbread house, learn how to make your own! The unique class is taught by the St. Regis’ revered pastry team. No need to bring anything, the class includes all the ingredients to create a striking and imaginative gingerbread house. They’ll even provide hot cocoa and treats.

When: Dec. 16, 11 a.m.
Cost: $6
923 16th St, N.W.
Online: stregiswashingtondc.com

Salamander Resort
You’ll be bonding more than walls made of gingerbread when you take the Gingerbread House decorating class with your family at the Salamander Resort! Work together as you create Winter Wonderland themed GB houses with your whole crew! The fun, edible workshop will have you licking icing and preparing pretzel fences with your loved ones amidst the beautiful setting of the resort.

When: Dec. 16, 2 p.m.
Cost: $45
23325 Foxcroft Rd. (Middleburg, Va)
Online: salamanderresort.com

Creative Cakes
For an at-home option, purchase one of Creative Cake’s kits ($60), which includes a pre-assembled, freshly baked gingerbread house, one bag of royal icing mix, instructions, big bag of candy and big bag of decorations! Rather have a gingerbread house party….because, who doesn’t?!! Schedule it at their store where they clean up so you don’t have to! Your guests will get snacks and drinks while they each create a beautiful house. Parties include a pre-assembled house, instructions, icing and candy to decorate.

When: Dec. 16, 1 p.m.
Cost: $65
8814 Brookville Rd. (Silver Spring, Md)
Online: creativecakes.com

Watergate Hotel
Not a house exactly, but still loads of festive fun–the Watergate is offering a cookie decorating AND skating class! So they’ll basically get your kids amped up on sugar but let them skate it off! Ideal for kids ages 4-12, Pastry Chef Kieu-Linh Nguyen will show the kids how to decorate gingerbread cookies before helping them deck out their own. After cookie decorating, they’ll head to the roof for a special instructed skating class! There’s even a complimentary parents buffet with yummy treats like juice, mac n cheese, hummus and vegies and Whoopie Pies, if you want to stick around!

When: Dec. 16, 11 a.m.
Cost: $40
2650 Virginia Ave., NW
Online: eventbrite.com/e/cookie-decorating

What is your favorite gingerbread house decorating technique? Tell us in the comments below. 

–Guiomar Ochoa