12 Days of Christmas Gingerbread Castle at Ritz-Carlton
In order to build this castle out of house-made gingerbread, chefs from the Ritz-Carlton hotel spent 48 hours and used 15 pounds of butter, 180 pounds of powdered sugar and 60 pounds of egg whites. Marvel at their cookie construction when it is unveiled Dec. 7 and fêted again on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21. All three sweet shindigs will include photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday music performed by local ensembles and complimentary mulled wine, hot cider and holiday desserts. Visit a holiday market stocked with goodies, including hand-painted chocolate bonbons, made by the hotel's pastry chefs.