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Sunday 21 December 2014

Gingerbread House & Sugar Tree

Last weekend I took the girls into the city to visit two of San Francisco's finest hotels and their festive Christmas displays: the Giant Gingerbread House at the Fairmont Hotel and the Sugar Tree at the Westin St Francis Hotel.

Visiting these two amazing confectionery pieces makes up two of the vouchers on our advent calendar and it has become a tradition for us to visit them every year.

We started our day of sugary delight with a visit to the Fairmont Hotel and the Giant Gingerbread House. As always, it was pretty busy there being a weekend day so close to Christmas. The lobby was full of children running around in their finest Christmas attire (so many big poufy dresses on little girls in one place!) and adults congregating around the lobby's Christmas tree drinking and chatting. Elsa from Frozen was on hand for photos with the kids which suited Lola perfectly as she's a little obsessed right now - and we were actually heading to the Disney store afterwards so she could buy an Elsa doll with her birthday money!

I tried to take some nice shots of the girls with the giant Christmas tree in the lobby but a certain little someone was quite distracted by all of the shiny baubles and made it her mission to try and eat them!

Back outside I had a little more luck getting Mathilde to look at the camera. No shiny ornaments to distract her! Ava and Lola had fun playing on the ornate lamp posts in front of the hotel for a while and then we made our way back down the hill toward the Westin Hotel in Union Square. I love how steep these streets in San Francisco are. And yes, we did actually walk up the hill too!

When we arrived at the Westin St Francis we were in for a surprise. In the past the Westin  has displayed an amazing sugar castle in their lobby however this year they started a new tradition with a sugar Christmas tree. We were not aware that the castle had been changed up for a tree this year so we were all surprised when we entered the hotel lobby. The girls were pretty excited to see something completely different from what they expected.

Just looking at all that sugar is making my teeth hurt!

Both the Giant Gingerbread House and the Sugar Tree are on display for a little longer. If you're in San Francisco make sure to check them out.

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