A gingerbread village right in Queens has been named the largest in the world, just in time for the holidays.
“GingerBread Lane,” a 1.5-ton, 300-square-foot village, currently on display at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park has been named the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records .
The village, consisting of 160 houses made completely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy, was created by Jon Lovitch and has been on display since November.
GingerBread Lane includes an estimated 2, 350 pounds of icing, 400 pounds of candy and 500 pounds of gingerbread dough. It is made up of 160 gingerbread houses, 65 trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, a skating rink, candy trees, sugar signage and more.
Layout and composition of the village change yearly. Yet, GingerBread Lane always includes Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, Candy Cane Place and Toffee Boulevard.
This year’s new additions include Ribbon Candy Ridge and “behind-the-scenes” windows, giving a peek into the makings of GingerBread Lane with ovens, models, and ingredients, made entirely from royal icing. Five two-foot-high nutcrackers, also made of royal icing, stand over the back of the exhibit.
Lovitch will lead a gingerbread house workshop on Saturday, December 28, and will give away all the GingerBread Lane houses on Sunday, January 12 as a grand exhibit finale. Fans will be able to take home up to two gingerbread houses.
The GingerBread Lane creator will also be shipping houses to children unable to attend the exhibit or giveaway due to health or other situations.
Visitors can come see the edible village until January 12 from Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $11 for adults 18 years and older; and $8 for children two to 17 years old, students and seniors.