World’s largest gingerbread village to be displayed at New York Hall of Science

Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science in New York
Photo courtesy of Flickr/Ann-Sophie Fjelloe-Jensen

A massive 500-square-foot winter wonderland made of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy will be on display at the New York Hall of Science in Corona on Friday.

GingerBread Lane was created by chef Jon Lovitch, and he is hoping to win a third consecutive Guinness Book of World Record title as the world’s largest gingerbread village. Lovitch began creating his villages in 1994 with just 12 houses and each year has topped his previous village. The 2015 version includes 1,050 houses and structures including a double-decker Coney Island-style carousel and the S.C. Kringle & Co. Department Store.

The village is made from all edible materials, weighs 1.5 tons and will include The Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee Shoppe, The EveryDay’s Thanksgiving Café, a second train and a 10-square-foot candy factory. The elaborate structure takes one year and approximately 1,500 hours to complete.

GingerBread Lane runs from Nov. 14 through Jan. 9, with a 2-hour opening event on Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. and a closing event on Jan. 10, when each house and structure will be given away starting at 11 a.m. During the opening, patrons will have access to a meet-and-great with Lovitch, music and treats, and a Guinness World Record count.

Children who are unable to attend the exhibit because of illness or personal situations can have houses shipped to them. Lovitch will also hold two gingerbread workshops on Nov. 22 and Dec. 12 for New York Hall of Science members.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for children ages 2 to 17, students and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit the Hall of Science website here and to learn more about the gingerbread project and Lovitch’s process, visit his website here.

Watch the creation of GingerBread Lane below: