The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco Gingerbread House 2011
See the Unveiling of The Fairmont's 22-Foot-Tall Gingerbread House!
Saturday at 11 a.m., The Fairmont San Francisco will unveil its 2011 gingerbread house with an official ribbon cutting by children from the local Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Make-A-Wish Foundation. The extravagant Winter wonderland measures 22' by 23' and is nearly double the size of last year's house (shown), which was the largest in the state. Led by Executive Chef JW Foster and Pastry Chef Stephan Sullivan, the house was constructed with 7,500 homemade gingerbread bricks, 1,200 pounds of icing, and 650 pounds of colorful candy. And inside the house, there's a special room where children can write a letter to Santa! How cute.The house will be on display in the hotel through New Year's Day, but if you want to visit the opening ceremony (which runs 'til 1 p.m.), you'll be treated to holiday refreshments, and you can also check out the hotel's 23-foot Christmas tree, the Molinari Family nutcracker collection (on loan from the SF Ballet), and lots of beautiful holiday decorations! Sounds like a lovely way to kick off the holiday season.