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Lisa Gipson

GINGERBREAD LANE There’s something extra special about gingerbread houses—the enchanting miniature details, the temptation to eat

each sugary decoration, the comforting smell of ginger and cinnamon. San Diego provides plenty of opportunities to include gingerbread houses in your holiday festivities this year. Whether you participate in a local contest, see the handiwork of others, take a kids class or dine inside a life-size gingerbread house, family memories are a sure bet.

Visit the beautifully decorated lobby of Omni La Costa Resort to see spectacular gingerbread houses made by locals in the community. The gingerbread houses—in addition to the largest display of poinsettias in California—will be on display from Nov. 26 through Dec. 30. Also free and open to the public is Carols Of Carlsbad on Saturday, Dec. 3, featuring music from local elementary school kids, a holiday market, kids activities and a visit from Santa Claus. Learn more at www.omnihotels.com/hotels/sandiego-la-costa/things-to-do/resortactivities/holiday-activities.

Stop by Rancho Bernardo Inn during the month of December to see the life-size gingerbread house—which takes months to prepare. Check out all the ingredients used in last year’s gingerbread house! 1,000 lbs. powdered sugar 750 lbs. granulated sugar 500 lbs. brown sugar 24 lbs. baking soda 2,160 eggs 1,500 lbs. flour 20 lbs. cinnamon 4 lbs. ground ginger 282 lbs. molasses 12 lbs. vanilla Visit www.RanchoBernardoInn.com to learn about special holiday events for guests and visitors.

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San Diego Family Magazine Dec 2016