Winter Wonderland

Candy Land comes to life with magical display at the Four Seasons

Candy Land comes to life with magical display at the Four Seasons

Four Seasons Austin Candyland
Gingerbread houses are on display in the Four Seasons lobby. Courtesy of KVUE

KVUE — For more than 30 years, the Four Seasons Austin has turned its lobby into a winter wonderland. This year it is sure to bring out the kid in all of us.

"This year we're doing Candy Land," said Amanda Naim, chef de partie at the Four Seasons. "As a group I think we've all been so excited."

The chefs have designed 10 houses that will make you feel like a kid in a candy store — literally. Naim made all the peanut brittle for the peanut brittle house from scratch. It looks so delicious you'll want to eat it.

From the lollipop palace to gumdrop mountain to the chocolate (molasses) swamp, no detail has been spared.

Pastry cook Courtney Brade has been part of the gingerbread village creative team for three years. "It's taken us about two months to get all of this from start to finish," said Brade.

Just to set the houses in place is an undertaking, requiring precision and grit. For four hours Sunday night crews drilled, nailed and set the village in place, adding lights, snow and, of course, more candy, making it look exactly like the game we all know and love.

"It's really exciting to see the kids faces when they come see all of our houses. So it's exciting for us to be able to do it and to see them," said Brade.

Each house is sold to raise money for the Seton Shivers Cancer Center which helps cancer patients in Central Texas.

Since 2005, these gingerbread villages have raised more than $50,000 dollars.


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