10 Over-the-Top Gingerbread Houses

From electrified houses to life-sized manses, these gingerbread houses really steal the show.

During the holidays, decorating gingerbread houses is a tradition in many families, along with cookie decorating, that everyone looks forward to. However, given people's competitive spirit, there is always someone looking to up-the-ante to see who can create something bigger, better, more intricate, even more modern.

This thrill of creating over-the-top gingerbread houses has even spread to The White House. Last year, they used over 150 pounds of gingerbread and 250 pounds of white chocolate to make their creation. This year, they went local. While the manse weighs over 350 pounds, a whopping 30 pounds of honey contributed to its creation.

One of our favorites is this nearly life-sized gingerbread creation made, from scratch, by the Disney pastry chefs at The Grand Floridian.

Looking for more over-the-top gingerbread creations?

Click here to see the 10 Over-the-Top Gingerbread Houses Slideshow.

Click here for Disney's Gingerbread House recipe.

Click here for Disney's Gingerbread House template.

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