We’ve done it again!
The Orchard Recovery elves have been hard at work, and we have once again entered into the Hyatt Gingerbread Lane contest in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Last year was our first year entering the competition and we came second place in our category!
The jury is still out on this year’s standings, but here’s how you can come see these edible creations for yourself:
- Gingerbread Lane 2019 is on display daily at the Hyatt, from November 30th until December 31st.
- The Hyatt Vancouver is located at 655 Burrard Street near Georgia.
- The event is free to attend, with donations supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
Celebrating its 29th year in 2019, Gingerbread Lane is a sight to see for people of all ages – and it attracts over 20,000 visitors every year. Every year there are between two and three dozen entries, and visitors are encouraged to vote for their favourite creation.
Here are some Tips and Advice for attending the Hyatt Gingerbread Lane, courtesy of Vancouver’s Best Places:
Below are some suggestions and pieces of general information to help you make the most out of your visit to Gingerbread Lane at the Hyatt Regency.
TIP #1: There is a fair bit of street parking in the area, although it’s not inexpensive – as much as around $4 or more per half hour.
TIP #2: The Hyatt Regency is located conveniently close to the Burrard Street SkyTrain Station. It’s also right downtown and so close to numerous fancy shops and restaurants.
TIP #3: Gingerbread Lane isn’t a Christmas attraction that you’d typically drive across town especially to see and then go straight home afterwards. It’s a fabulous sight to see, but something to do while in downtown Vancouver anyway, perhaps after work, while shopping on nearby Robson Street, after visiting the Vancouver Christmas Market or before or after a nice meal at a restaurant.
TIP #4: Expect to stay for between 10 and 30 minutes, all depending on your interest in gingerbread houses.
TIP #5: Gingerbread Lane is a gingerbread house competition. There are a number of categories that teams compete in including schools, professional culinary groups and commercial businesses. If you like baking and decorating, the event is a great way to show off your talents, support a charitable cause and get your name out to the public. Gingerbread-house-making is also a fun activity to do with friends and colleagues. See below for participation details.
TIP #6: Make-A-Wish is a charity that grants wishes to children with terminal or life-threatening ailments. Examples of wishes granted include travel to places like Disneyland and meeting celebrities. It’s a great cause, so, if you can, when you vote for your favourite gingerbread house, donate generously!
TIP #7: When filling out your donation/voting ballot, make sure to write your name, e-mail address and the amount of your donation. If you do that you’ll be entered to win prizes!
TIP #8: Take photos and post your favourites plus comments to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. If you do this it’ll help spread the word about this great free event, plus you might win a prize.