Whenever M and I visit each other, we really try to get out into the city and do something! For this trip into Seattle, we decided to stay in the city overnight- it can make for a very long night to catch the shuttle back to Whidbey Island, and you have to make sure you are leaving the city by a specific time. We chose to stay at the Sheraton in Downtown Seattle, which is in a great location that is close to everything downtown! (Five minute walk to Pike Place, ten tops if you are walking slowly.) We were very lucky that while we were staying there, there was a gingerbread village, a gingerbread village with each “house” decorated for one of the Harry Potter books!
While we were checking into the hotel, there was a line of 50+ people waiting to see the village. I saw the very cool, Harry Potter themed Christmas tree (and I know have so many ideas for Christmas next year), but with the hundred plus people slowly moving around the houses, I couldn’t see them at all. I didn’t think much of it because quite frankly, I was going shopping. However, when we came back from our evening out, there was maybe five people looking at the village and I was able to get a good look. And I was blown away.
Each of the “houses” was designed by an architect and created by a professional chef, and each had so many details from the book that it represented. Moving staircases, a swollen Aunt Marge flying across the yard, a Room of Requirements (complete with opening and closing doors), and even a sorting hat to tell you which Hogwarts House you belong in. These houses were absolutely spectacular and I could have easily spend another twenty to thirty minutes staring at them! Without any further adieu, here are possibly the greatest gingerbread houses in existence…
I can’t thank the Sheraton and the creative team behind this enough for giving us the chance to see some of the most impressive and enchanting gingerbread houses in existence! They were collecting donations for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a fantastic and worthwhile organisation. If you find yourself in Seattle over the holiday season next year, you definitely need to stop by! The hotel is beautiful, it’s free to see the houses (donations recommended), and you will undoubtedly be impressed.
What is your favourite Harry Potter book?