Things are about to get a little wild in the lobby of Austin’s Four Seasons

Four Seasons Gingerbread Barn

Four Seasons Gingerbread Barn

Scheduled for unveiling November 24, 2015, the downtown Austin hotel’s annual Gingerbread Village will this year feature a “Wild, Wild West” theme. One of the city’s most popular holiday activities since 2005, the display draws locals and visitors alike to ooh-and-aah over the intricate, 100-percent edible houses.

“Each year we try to come up with a village that will outdo previous years,” said Executive Pastry Chef Javier Franco, who oversees the process. “It’s getting harder and harder to come up with creative themes, but we relish the challenge and think we’ve got a real winner this year.”

The 2015 theme takes things back to Texas’ frontier roots with such houses as a trading post, saloon, butcher shop, lumber mill, jail and train station. And of course, no Wild West town would be complete without a Four Seasons Inn! In all, the 2015 village will feature 10 houses, along with seven smaller accessories ranging from a covered wagon and windmill to a barn and outhouse.

Locals and visitors interested in seeing the Gingerbread Village will be able to view the Lobby display 24 hours per day from November 24 through December 28, 2015. For those who’d like a more intimate look at the Gingerbread Village, the Hotel will also host Holiday Open Houses on November 30 and December 1 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in the Lobby. These free events are open to the public and feature complimentary hot apple cider, Wild West-themed treats, photos with Santa and the opportunity to meet the talented pastry chefs behind the Village.

As in years past, the Gingerbread houses and accessories will be “sold” in advance to individuals and businesses in the form of donations to the Seton Shivers Cancer Center, an Austin non-profit dedicated to cancer research and treatment. In exchange for a donation ranging from $100 to $600, sponsors will be able to display their name and a short message of their choice in front of their house throughout the holiday season. Since 2005, fundraising efforts surrounding the annual Gingerbread Village have raised nearly $60,000 for Seton, with each year’s total adding to the $1.3 million the Hotel has donated to the organization since opening in 1986.

To purchase a house or for more details about the Gingerbread Village or Open Houses, please call (512) 685-8048 or send an email.

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