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Imagine brightly colored gumdrops, candy canes, peppermints, licorice, and lots of icing. Talk about a sugar rush. Decorating gingerbread houses is a fun festive activity for the whole family. And it’s even more fun when it’s larger than life.

The talented students and chefs of the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute took this tradition to the next level by creating a life-size gingerbread village. You can walk around and explore this gingerbread village on weekends starting on November 25 through December 17. We will be open on Saturdays from 11:00am-7:00pm and Sundays from 12:00-4:00pm.

Check out the schedule to see when live entertainment, chef demos, and story time is scheduled.  You can even purchase a bag with cookies and crafts to take home with you to continue the fun! The whole place is decked out, so you’ll find something festive around every corner.

Ready to get in the Christmas spirit? Add Gingerbread Wonderland to your holiday calendar.

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Schedule

Saturday, November 25th

Saturday, November 25
Gingerbread House Open 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
Santa Claus 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
Cookie & Craft Bag Pick-Up 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
Letters to Santa 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
Crafts in B&N Bookstore 11:00 AM 7:00PM
Face Painting 12:00 PM 6:00 PM
Storytime in B&N Bookstore 1:00 PM 1:30 PM
SUNY Niagara Elves (Musical Entertainment) 2:00 PM 3:00 PM
Storytime in B&N Bookstore 3:00 PM 3:30 PM
Storytime in B&N Bookstore 5:00 PM 5:30 PM

Sunday, November 26th

Sunday, November 26th
Gingerbread House Open 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
Santa Claus 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
Cookie & Craft Bag Pick-Up 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
Letters to Santa 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
Mr. No the Balloon Guy 1:00 PM 4:00 PM

Saturday, December 2nd

Saturday, December 2nd
Gingerbread House Open 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
Santa Claus 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
Cookie & Craft Bag Pick-Up 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
Letters to Santa 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
View Gingerbread Houses in ACF Competition 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
Niagara SBDC’s Holiday Artisan Market 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
Crafts in B&N Bookstore 11:00 AM 7:00PM
Storytime in B&N Bookstore 1:00 PM 1:30 PM
Storytime in B&N Bookstore 3:00 PM 3:30 PM
Storytime in B&N Bookstore 5:00 PM 5:30 PM

Sunday, December 3rd

Sunday, December 3rd
Gingerbread House Open 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
Santa Claus 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
Cookie & Craft Bag Pick-Up 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
Letters to Santa 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
Niagara SBDC’s Holiday Artisan Market 12:00 PM 4:00PM
View Gingerbread Houses in ACF Competition 12:00 PM 4:00 PM

Saturday, December 9th

Saturday, December 9th
Gingerbread House Open 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
Santa Claus 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
Cookie & Craft Bag Pick-Up 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
Letters to Santa 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
Crafts in B&N Bookstore 11:00 AM 7:00PM
Ice Carving Demonstration 11:00 AM 12:00 PM
Face Painting 1:00 PM 5:00 PM
Friends of Harmony 4:00 PM 5:00 PM
Storytime in B&N Bookstore 1:00 PM 1:30 PM
Storytime in B&N Bookstore 3:00 PM 3:30 PM
Storytime in B&N Bookstore 5:00 PM 5:30 PM

Sunday, December 10th

Sunday, December 10th
Gingerbread House Open 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
Santa Claus 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
Cookie & Craft Bag Pick-Up 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
Letters to Santa 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
SUNY Niagara Elves (Musical Entertainment) 2:00 PM 3:00 PM

Saturday, December 16th

Saturday, December 16th
Gingerbread House Open 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
Santa Claus 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
Cookie & Craft Bag Pick-Up 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
Letters to Santa 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
Crafts in B&N Bookstore 11:00 AM 7:00PM
Face Painting 12:00 PM 6:00 PM
Storytime in B&N Bookstore 1:00 PM 1:30 PM
SUNY Niagara Elves (Musical Entertainment) 2:00 PM 3:00 PM
Storytime in B&N Bookstore 3:00 PM 3:30 PM
Storytime in B&N Bookstore 5:00 PM 5:30 PM

Sunday, December 17th

Sunday, December 17th
Gingerbread House Open 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
Santa Claus 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
Cookie & Craft Bag Pick-Up 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
Letters to Santa 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
Paul Antonio Magic Show 1:00 PM 1:45 PM

Take-home craft & cookie kit

For those who prefer to experience the magic of Gingerbread Wonderland from the comfort of their homes, we have a limited number of take-home kits available for purchase. Kits include two gingerbread men cookie kits with frosting and sprinkles, two holiday crafts, two coloring sheets with crayons, and two blank letters to Santa.

Take-home craft & cookie kit – $10/each

Take-home craft & cookie kits can be purchased at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute located at 28 Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls during Gingerbread Wonderland hours.

child smiling and holding gingerbread cookie
There are many opportunities to snap a picture at the Gingerbread Wonderland.

Crafts at the bookstore

Come and explore the amazing world of holiday crafts at the Barnes and Noble bookstore! Kids can work on them in-store or take them to go.  Saturday’s 11:00-7:00pm.

  • Decorate a snowflake
  • Build a snowman
  • Build an elf
  • Holiday coloring sheets
  • Holiday activity sheets

Also come for holiday-themed storytelling at 1:00 pm, 3:00 p.m., and 5:00 pm and for Christmas movies playing all day.

Savor Seasonal Wine Dinner

December 16 , 2023
Sean Jones, NFCI ‘21
6pm, $70/pp

Irish Soda Bread with Guinness Butter

Herb Crusted Lamb Chop
Watercress and Radicchio salad
Mint Julep Vinaigrette

Red Endive and Blood Orange Salad
Fresno Chile, Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Roasted Chestnuts, Arugula

Beef Wellington
Rosemary Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Carrots,
Bordelaise

Sticky Toffee Pudding
Caramel Sauce, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
 

Savor customers

Festive Mixology Delights: Crafting Seasonal Martinis

December 15, 2023
6pm, $40

Get ready to shake up your holiday spirits with our upcoming Mixology Class on December 15th! Join us for an enchanting evening of festive concoctions as we delve into the art of crafting three sensational martinis that embody the essence of the season. Discover the magic behind the Gingerbread Martini, where warm and spiced notes come together in a delightful dance of flavors. Indulge in the sweetness of the Candy Cane Martini, a peppermint-infused delight that promises to be a holiday favorite. And don’t miss the zesty allure of the Orange-Cranberry Martini, a citrusy and tangy creation that captures the essence of winter festivities. Our expert mixologist will guide you through each step, ensuring you leave with the skills to impress your guests with these merry and bright cocktails. Let’s toast to the holidays with style and flavor!

 

2023 Gingerbread Wonderland Winners Are Announced!

This year’s competition saw a record number of entries, making it one of the most exciting and competitive years yet.

Check out the event’s Facebook page for a complete list of winners. Thank you to all those who participated!

Want to Volunteer?

To volunteer for this year’s event, please follow the links below to sign up.

Santa Claus has his very own living room in the gingerbread village.

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