Tour Gingerbread Houses in Old Town San Diego State Park This December

December 6, 2012

A new tradition has begun in Old Town.  Starting now until Dec. 31, visitors to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will witness more than a dozen intricately decorated gingerbread houses in the shops and museums of the state park.

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This is the second year in a row that the merchants in the state park have collaborated to create one-of-a-kind gingerbread houses, some as replicas of historic buildings, some made with creative ingredients found within the store, some true gingerbread concoctions created by pastry chefs.

Houses can be seen in the Fiesta de Reyes courtyard, Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant, Toler’s Leather, Rust General Store, Robinson-Rose Museum, Captain Fitch’s, Racine and Laramie, Tienda de Reyes, Hot Licks, El Centro Artesano, Wells Fargo Museum, House of Jerky, Temecula Olive Oil, Cousin’s Candy, Toler’s Footwear, the Tin Smith and Old Town Ice Cream and the Johnson House.  Visitors can download a map of the house locations from www.fiestadereyes.com.

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“We invite park visitors to step into Captain Fitch’s mini gingerbread land,” said shop owner Pam Cantina. “Our welcoming door wreaths and Christmas tree are decorated with an array of charming gingerbread ornaments. Don’t miss our large and small gingerbread nutcrackers and our window display that has gingerbread-themed houses, trees, and even a train!”

Gingerbread houses have been around for hundreds of years. The first gingerbread is thought to have been made by Catholic monks in Europe for special holidays and festivals. The English, French and Germans were known to eat and celebrate with gingerbread treats.

The gingerbread house first became popular in Germany after the Brothers Grimm published “Hansel and Gretel” in the 19th century. Early German settlers brought the gingerbread house to the Americas and the tradition become more and more popular in North America, especially in the 20th century.

Displays will remain on exhibit until January 1. The Old Town State Park Gingerbread Tour is sponsored by the Old Town Merchants Association, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Fiesta de Reyes. For more info, visit: http://www.oldtownmexicanfood.com/blog.

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