Enjoy gingerbread, the traditional holiday treat, across the metro at our favorite attractions and restaurants.
Largest Gingerbread House
Great Wolf Lodge goes all out for the holidays as the entire resort transforms into Snowland. The centerpiece decoration is the life-size gingerbread house. The unique-as-a-snowflake masterwork welcomes you with amazingly detailed gingerbread walls, candy trim and plenty of white icing snow.
All New! Santa’s Gingerbread Village
Crown Center brings a new interactive holiday exhibit where children meet and have their photo taken with Santa Claus, climb aboard the Crown Center Express Train Engine, and enjoy the return of Gingerbread Village. Santa is in residence November 27 through December 24. The play area is open through December 31. FREE admission. Photos with Santa are available for a fee, or you may take your own. Open during Crown Center Shops holiday hours. (Open at 11 a.m. on Sundays.) Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
Giant Interactive Gingerbread House
Paradise Park is home to a bigger-than-life gingerbread house creation and is the coolest place to warm your holiday spirits and have a blast too. Enjoy a laser light show, holiday music and indoor snow for an enchanting, fairy tale memory your whole family will love!
Best Real Gingerbread Houses
Mely’s in Corinth Square (4051 Somerset Dr., Prairie Village, KS, 913.381.9642) annually sells freshly baked gingerbread houses, both decorated and undecorated for those who want to adorn their own as a family activity.
Largest Gingerbread Man
Kansas-based company Copper Gifts sells handmade cookie cutters for any occasion, and the classic gingerbread man is one of their specialties. You can purchase gingerbread cookie cutters in a wide variety of shapes and sizes from Copper Gifts, ranging from a 3.5-inch classic gingerbread man all the way to an enormous one measuring 15 x 22 x 3 inches!
Best Gingerbread You Can Drink
EggTc. is known for their scrumptious breakfast. They serve all your favorite breakfast classics and, in time for the winter holidays, they serve a delicious gingerbread latte. EggTc. has two locations in the metro: 5107 Main St., Kansas City, MO, 816.561.0116 and 7182 Renner Rd., Shawnee, KS, 913.631.4400.
Tastiest Gingerbread Cookie Served in a Gingerbread House
Okay, Hi Hat Coffee (5012 State Line Rd., Westwood Hills, KS, 913.722.5000) isn’t located in an actual gingerbread house, but it sure looks a lot like one. This Westwood Hills coffee shop is adorable, offers friendly service, delicious coffee and quality baked goods, including delicious gingerbread cookies.
Did You Know?
GINGERBREAD is a sweet food-product flavored with ginger and typically using honey or molasses (treacle) rather than sugar. Gingerbread foods vary, ranging from a soft, moist loaf cake to something close to a ginger biscuit. The different types likely share a common origin. There are a lot of varieties in making gingerbread. Some is a form of stylized human, called Gingerbread man, and other is a gingerbread house which is a model house made of gingerbread.