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Norway House

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Gingerbread Wonderland

Daily from Nov. 17-Jan. 6
Time Varies
$5; free for kids 12 and under
Art, Family Events, Food and Drink, Holiday

Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses made its way to the U.S. via Norway, where the structres are called “pepperkake.” Each winter people create tiny homes made from cookies, icing, and candy. This season at the Norway House, creative confectioners will come together to build a village inspired by the Twin Cities. There will be landmarks galore, with details so spot-on that you’ll want to pause to take a closer look. Past years have featured miniature takes on First Avenue, dotted with colorful gumballs; the Mill City area, complete with a tiny museum, ruins, and the Gold Medal Flour silos; the iconic Grain Belt beer sign, looking uncannily like the real thing; and the Minnesota State Capitol, with icing details as intricately delicate as lace. People of all skill levels are welcome to submit their pieces; this year’s cityscape will include efforts from professional bakers, novices, and kids. To contribute, find more info at www.norwayhouse.org.