Behind the scenes: The making of the Gingerbread Village

It takes Head Pastry Chef Joey Norombaba and his awesome team nearly a month to construct the Gingerbread Village that turns a corner of the Carolina Hotel lobby into a magical wonderland.

The display consists of the Carolina Hotel, The Village Chapel, a train station and three residential homes in Pinehurst.

So, what does it take to make the sweet creation?


200 pounds of sugar

150 pounds of handmade gingerbread

100 pounds of assorted candy including Twizzlers, peppermint, Snickers bars, gummy bears and Necco wafers

50 pounds of cooked Rice Krispies

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the process.

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Caleigh adds lights to the interior of the Carolina Hotel replica.

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Our team bakes about 150 pounds of gingerbread for the Village.

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Kristin adds detail to the exterior of the Carolina Hotel.

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Chef Joey Norombaba works on lighting for the Village Chapel.

Gingerbread final

The Gingerbread Village will be on display in the lobby of the Carolina Hotel through the end of the year.