Things to Do: Visit the Gingerbread Village at the Hotel at Auburn University

the Gingerbread Village at the Hotel at Auburn University

Our city is home to the teeniest, tiniest, tastiest town there ever was! We’re talking about the Gingerbread Village at the Hotel at Auburn University. They officially unveiled it for the season on Dec. 5, welcoming visitors to check it out for free through New Year’s Day. And remember: you should only feast with your eyes!

About the Gingerbread Village

It’s not just a novelty! The Gingerbread Village at the Hotel at Auburn University is a yearly tradition. Each winter, the Hotel sets out a sugary display filled with Auburn landmarks—from Samford Hall to Toomer’s Corner.

This creation comes as a massive team effort from the hard-working staff members at the Hotel. They each get a part of Auburn to recreate in treat form. Hotel departments have help from Auburn University students and staff from the McWhorter School of Building Science.

Recent years have also brought new inclusions. Last year, they decided to build the Ag Heritage Park Pavilion (aka “The Red Barn). Before that, they added the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center into the mix. This year, you can see more than 10 different local buildings!

Visiting details

Everyone is welcome to visit the Gingerbread Village! Come one and all. You can view it for free at the Hotel through New Year’s Day.

The Hotel is located at 241 South College St. That’s just more than two miles from Summer Wind!

Other draws

While you’re at the Hotel at Auburn University, you’ve got a few other cool things to try out! Maybe you want to have a meal at Ariccia Cucina Italia. Or, you’d like to warm up with an espresso or cappuccino from HC Valentine Café. Not to mention, you can also go shopping for last-minute presents at the gift shop.

For the ultimate winter day, though, you can reserve a five-course Christmas dinner or brunch at Ariccia. Precede it with a peek at the gingerbread village, and you’ve got a holiday to remember.


In Auburn, we make our own winter wonderlands—no snow needed. See for yourselves just some of the beauty that our town has to offer when you visit the Gingerbread Village at the Hotel at Auburn University.

Hotels offer us a home away from home. If you’re looking for a place to plant your roots, though, let us introduce you to Summer Wind! You can explore our floor plans, photos, and amenities here. Finally, for more on local living and news, browse our blog.