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Life-size gingerbread house now on display at downtown hotel

TORONTO, ON – December 2nd, 2016 – What is 9 feet tall, made of sugar and spice and by everyone nice?  It’s Toronto’s largest gingerbread house, which returns to The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto for the second year.  Even Scrooge will be impressed with this life-size version, which will be on display in the hotel’s main lobby starting today.

Adorned with sugar windows and trimmed with over 250 pounds of royal icing, the giant confection also features an indoor faux fireplace, holiday movies and a complimentary candy station.  At almost 11 feet wide and made entirely in-house by the hotel’s pastry team, the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto Gingerbread House took almost 500 hours to construct and is a decadent combination of 200 pounds of flour, 75 pounds of sugar, 5 pounds of spice, 60 pounds of shortening, 35 pounds of corn syrup and 12 pounds of molasses.

But, the sweet structure isn’t the only the thing the luxury downtown hotel has planned this festive season.  Inspired by the beloved holiday classic, Nutcracker Tea returns to DEQ Lounge every weekend in December.  Featuring themed décor and a delectable assortment of goodies, the little ones will enjoy a choice of white or hot chocolate, while adult guests can savour sparkling wine and a selection of handcrafted teas by Master Tea sommelier, Hoda Paripoush.

For a little pre-holiday pampering, Spa My Blend by Clarins has created a variety of seasonal treatments for guests who’ve been both naughty and nice.  Choose from a selection of ‘Spa’liday packages including the Jingle ‘Belle’, Snowman or Holiday Glow.

Or, gather with friends and family for the handcrafted Italian flavours of signature restaurant, TOCA, which will offer festive menus throughout Christmas and New Years.

For a complete list of holiday offerings, visit The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto Holiday Guide or call 416-585-2500.

*Photos of the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto Gingerbread House available upon request.