Festivities and the Force

The Holidays are always a fun and festive time of year, but this year they are particularly exciting for Star Wars fans. In honor of the release of the newest movie, the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Seattle decided to make their 23rd annual gingerbread display have a Star Wars theme. Six local architecture firms, including Gelotte Hommas Architecture, took part in the competition and created truly magical edible masterpieces.

The scale of these creations are massive while even the tiniest details are expertly executed. The architects worked in conjunction with the chefs at the Sheraton to recreate scenes from the original movies. The giant gingerbread displays are now open for public viewing in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel from now until January 3rd. Admission is free but all donations will go to Northwest chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.

Alylah Maasen, almost 5, of Renton looks up at the Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back display, depicting the battle on the ice planet Hoth, at the Star Wars-themed 23rd Annual Gingerbread Village,  "May the Holidays Be With You," at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Visitors can stop by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for free, but a $5 donation per person is encouraged and will benefit research for a type 1 diabetes cure through the JDRF Northwest Chapter. The village is open through January 3 of next year.
Alylah Maasen, almost 5, of Renton looks up at the Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back display, depicting the battle on the ice planet Hoth, at the Star Wars-themed 23rd Annual Gingerbread Village, “May the Holidays Be With You,” at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.

As an added bonus, on the evening of Saturday, December 19th, staff from Gelotte Hommas Architecture will be at the hotel in costume, handing out candy to celebrate the force awakening and the holiday season.

Even if you are not a super fan of the Star Wars movies these creations are still a fun and festive outing for the entire family. And to add a little connection to our neck of the universe, the designers added in references to Seattle, such as the Space Needle and even Bertha the tunneling machine. So take a break from the hectic holiday shopping and lose yourself in a galaxy far far away.

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