The Hotel Captain Cook's Gingerbread Village
If you’re lucky to be in Anchorage in December, you’ll have the chance to see a wonderful holiday tradition at the Hotel Captain Cook; an enormous gingerbread village created by pastry chef Joe Hickel. Christmas 2021 marks Hickel's 38th year designing the lobby-sized village. What makes the edible town so magical, besides the size itself, is the amount of detail that goes into each piece — there are personalized buildings and parks.
A fun fact about the gingerbread village: Hickel used over 2,300 lbs. of sugar, icing, and chocolate and 80 pans of gingerbread to create the walls, rooftops, and chimneys.