Sheraton Seattle Gingerbread Village
Free Fun and Festive
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The Seattle area has been our home for around 10 years. But this was my first time to see the Seattle Gingerbread Village at the downtown Sheraton and it did not disappoint. The display just celebrated its 25th anniversary with “A Celebration of Seattle” theme. According to the website, creators included Seattle’s “top architecture firms, master builders and [the] Sheraton Seattle culinary team,” to construct these amazing works of edible art! The village included displays of the Seattle Great Wheel, the Space Needle, Dicks (restaurant in the Seattle area) and more.
While the Sheraton Seattle Gingerbread Village is free, they accept donations benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This is a great cause! The 2016 village raised $105K according to Parentmap.com. They continued, saying that the gingerbread village has raised nearly $1 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation since its inception.
Gingerbread Village Displays
1. Seattle Piers
2. Dicks Hamburgers and the Future of Seattle
4. Smith Tower
5. Seattle Great Wheel
Things to do around the Sheraton Seattle Gingerbread Village
Eat at Loulay
Thierry Rautureau’s (the Chef in the Hat) restaurant Loulay is quite possibly one of my favorite places to eat in Seattle. I wouldn’t, necessarily, recommend little ones after 7pm, but keep them entertained with Tegu blocks or another creative outlet and you should be fine. Typically when we go to nicer places with our son, my spouse and I will make reservations for 5 or 5:30.
Grab a bite at Din Tai Fung
If higher end isn’t your speed, I really like Din Tai Fung. It’s more kid friendly, but always packed. If you don’t get there at 11:00am, then plan to wait an hour. They will text message you when you’re table is ready.
A couple blocks away is Westlake Center. It’s a smaller shopping area, but includes stores like Zara, Pandora, Lush, etc.
Outside Westlake is Westlake Park. This year, I saw online that they had a “German” Christmas Market. I was so excited. I love Christmas Markets (having lived as an exchange student in Germany) and thought this would be a fun way to round out my shopping knickknacks. Unfortunately the market was a great disappointment. There were a dozen or so stalls, but less than half had vendors. I ended up purchasing a bath bomb for my son, but not worth the car ride.
Beyond Westlake Center are a bunch of shops, like Nike, Anthropology, Nordstrom flagship store and more. It’s useful to have a stroller with you if you want to park and walk around. Parking can be difficult downtown, especially in the older building lots. I ended up leaving a parking lot because my car is too big for the old spaces. Don’t forget your raincoats!
Via a 7-minute walk from the Sheraton is the Paramount Theater. Think about catching a show to round out the night. Furthermore, on the first Saturday of the Month, the theater offers free tours. You do need to get a ticket, but again, they’re free.