Gingerbread Village unveiled at Seattle Sheraton

SEATTLE -- Santa was in town a little early to help kick off the unveiling of the famous Gingerbread Village at the Seattle Sheraton Monday.

More than 100,000 visitors traditionally make the trek to view the amazing gingerbread displays created by Seattle's top architecture firms and the Sheraton's culinary team.

This year's theme showcases classic nursery rhymes, such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Hickory, Dickory, Dock and Hey Diddle, Diddle.

The gingerbread creations are made from 1,200 pounds of dough, 800 pounds of icing and hundreds of pounds of chocolate, almond paste and candy.

The village is free to the public, though donations benefit the Northwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Center.

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