7. World’s Largest Gingerbread Village

Gingerbread lane holiday decorations
Dustin Niles/Essex Market

This year, Essex Street Market is hosting the world’s largest gingerbread village! The village is made of 700 gingerbread houses, 4,000 pounds of candy, and 1,000 pounds of gingerbread. This sugary display was crafted by chef Jon Lovitch, who has been making GingerBread Lane installations for over 25 years.

Previous iterations of the largest gingerbread village have popped up all over the country in landmark sites like the Smithsonian Museum and Rockefeller Center. The Essex Street Market display will be up through-January 15th, 2023. You can also take part in a gingerbread decorating workshop.