Make gingerbread houses at these 5 events around town

Head to these fun workshops and let the whole family enjoy the age-old holiday tradition together.

gingerbread house
Photo by Randalyn Hill

Cookie season is upon us! Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and it marks the beginning of the holiday season. Of course, that means that holiday events are popping up across town, including gingerbread house-making classes and workshops. Head to these ones, below, for family-friendly fun.

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Gingerbread House Workshop
Saturday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m.
Follow the gumdrop tail to The Enchanted Forest, the Junior League of Northern Virginia’s annual fundraising event that features a wide variety of holiday activities for the whole family, including a gingerbread house workshop. Candy, gingerbread houses and all the trimmings will be provided for kids to make their own homes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. // Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel: 900 S. Orme St., Arlington; $35

Gingerbread Decorating Class
Dec. 7-22 on Sundays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon
Walk through The Ritz-Carlton’s display of gingerbread houses and then head to one of its classes to learn how to make your own, taught by the hotel’s pastry team. // The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner: 1700 Tysons Blvd., Tysons; $78

Gingerbread House Decorating ‘Toddler Style’
Sunday, Dec. 8, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
At this gingerbread house-making event, the supplies are there for you. Bring the kids to Link Family Fitness Studio for them to create their very own masterpiece. Snacks and drinks will also be supplied. Note: This party is geared toward children 6 years old and younger. // Link Family Fitness Studio: 9000 Lorton Station Blvd., Suite Q; $25

Decorate Your Very Own Gingerbread House
Saturday, Dec. 14 and 21, 1-3 p.m.
The Market Salamander Pastry Team will provide step-by-step instructions to complete a gingerbread house, giving you secrets along the way to create your most beautiful holiday house yet. // Market Salamander: 200 W. Washington St., Middelburg; $79

Gingerbread Gala 2019
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2-4 p.m.
The Gingerbread Gala at Williams Martial Arts and Fitness will feature not only houses, but also gingerbread men. Decorate both as you indulge in holiday treats and dance the night away, holiday attire encouraged. // Williams Martial Arts and Fitness: 43930 Farmwell Hunt Plaza, Suite 126, Ashburn; $10

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