1. Galt House Hotel (Louisville, KY) from 12 Outrageous Gingerbread Displays (Slideshow)

12 Outrageous Gingerbread Displays (Slideshow)

Galt House Hotel
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1. Galt House Hotel (Louisville, KY)

What started as the quintessential holiday display in the Galt House Hotel Conservatory several years ago has become a signature part of the hotel’s KaLightoscope Christmas, a Christmas village that features a kiddie train ride, Snow Fairy Princess castle, Santa’s Sleigh Green Screen Experience, Ernie the Engineer, and nearly 30 entries from the hotel’s annual Gingerbread House Contest. This year the life-size house has a new fence and Christmas cookie shrubs. Executive chef Brian Riddle and his team take seven days to construct the elaborate gingerbread display, which includes 1,000 pounds of gingerbread, 450 pounds of flour, and 2,000 eggs. It's pieced together with 2,000 pounds of royal icing and decorated with 800 pounds of handmade candy, lollipops, and 50 pounds of jelly beans.

Visit: The public can view the display from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays until Jan. 1 (closed Christmas Day).

Tickets: Adults: $14.99 (Monday to Thursday) and $18.99 (Friday to Sunday). Guests receive a free child’s KaLightoscope Christmas Ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket.