Hamilton Princess unveils gingerbread Christmas moongate
Chefs at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel have created a larger than life festive moongate made from gingerbread.
The sweet-smelling structure stands 10ft tall, weighs in at more than 300lbs and takes up almost the entire width of the hotel lobby.
It is the second year the hotel has created a gingerbread moongate.
John Hauser, the hotel’s pastry chef, said: “Last year’s gingerbread moongate was a huge success and the perfect solution for socially distanced photo-ops so we couldn’t resist recreating it again.
“This year’s version is even more spectacularly decorated and the lobby already smells fantastic.
“The gingerbread moongate is the cherry on top of this year’s festivities and we hope everyone comes to the Hamilton Princess to see it for themselves.”
Gingerbread decorations will be added to the moongate as a homage to the hotel’s outstanding art collection, as well as candy canes and mistletoe.
The chefs were assisted by engineers in the creation of the moongate, which took 90 hours to complete.
The recipe included 120kg of flour, 50kg of molasses, 30kg of butter, 250 eggs and a secret blend of spices.
The hotel will also put on several special festive events over the next few weeks.
Festive and Teddy Bear Tea: The event includes afternoon tea with a seasonal spin between 3pm and 5pm every day. A donation will be made to The Family Centre on meals sold between 3pm and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Snowball Party: Aimed at groups of friends and office gatherings, the hotel’s two Snowball parties take place on December 10 and 11.
Chef and Me: A cookie decorating class for children – one of Hamilton Princess’ elite pastry chefs will teach youngsters how to ice their own gingerbread houses.