Niagara Gazette —
The family-friendly gingerbread village will be open until the Sunday before Christmas. There will be activities for children including crafts like decorating gingerbread men and Christmas ornaments that they can take home with them.
Santa will be on site from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
“You see all the little kids running around here saying ‘oh my gosh it’s real gingerbread,'” said Division Chair Mark Mistriner. “For me, it’s all about the children seeing the gingerbread house.”
While there will be plenty to do for children, adults have reasons to visit as well. All of the culinary center's retail outlets, the restaurant, deli and café, will be open to the public during the holiday season. Throughout the rest of the month, holiday gift baskets will be on sale.
Adults may also enjoy cooking demonstrations by students and other guests throughout the season. Topics will include how to decorate a gingerbread house, no-bake cookies and “chicken wing wisdom,” among others.
Already the phones have been ringing off the hook with calls about the life-sized gingerbread houses, according to Barron, so it looks like the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute is in for a busy season.
“(Last year) we did well,” said Steiner. “We’re all just hoping it continues getting larger and larger each year.”
For a complete listen of events and dates, visit www.nfculinary.org.