Here are the most recent official numbers: 748 pounds of candy; 3,640 pounds of icing; 630 pounds of gingerbread; 1,480 candy canes; 28 pounds of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg; and 3,200 sticks of cinnamon gum.

The New York Hall of Science will take GingerBread Lane 2018 out of the oven on Saturday, Nov. 10.

The incredible, edible structure – the planet’s largest gingerbread village as per Guinness World Records – will then be on display until Monday, Jan. 21, when it will be disbanded and the public can get free pieces.

Jon Lovitch, a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef, creates this municipal masterpiece, which consists entirely of gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. Over the course of the year, the Kansas City native drafts, designs, bakes, plans, builds, and decorates the display.

With scaled-down items, the multi-thousand-pound landscape annually features about 1,300 houses plus trees, street signs, buses, and factories, but the concept always changes. In the past, Lovitch has created landmarks such as Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, and Toffee Boulevard.

This year, he’s opted for some new storefronts with the following quirky names: Pickles and Ice Cream Pregnancy Boutique; 8 Maids a Milking Dairy and Milk Bar; 6 Geese a Laying Brunch Café; 5 Golden Rings Jewelry Store; The Well Dressed Gingerbread Man Flannel Pajamas; I Saw Three Ships Custom Built Sailboats; and Deck the Halls Holiday Decorating Service.

GingerBread Lane 2018 will sit out in the open, rather than behind glass, but there will be some protective barriers. And as always, the sweet smell will fill the entire room. (The Grapevine informs that Lovitch is going for another title from Guinness World Records, too.)

Entry to GingerBread Lane 2018 is included in the admission price ($16 adults, $13 children, students, and senior citizens).

In addition, the New York Hall of Science will host a number of gingerbread-themed events, including the following.

GingerBread Lane 2018 Workshops

  • Nov. 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, and 30 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Participants make gingerbread houses or trains, and each one receives a kit with the same materials that Lovitch uses. They are recommended for children ages 4 and older, and please note that last year’s workshops sold out. $15 per project, plus museum admission.


  • Jan. 21, 2019, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The public can take home a piece of GingerBread Lane 2018. Portions will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. Free with museum admission.

The New York Hall of Science is at 47-01 111th St. in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Images: GingerBread Lane


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