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The Broadmoor’s Annual Holiday Gingerbread Display

Here’s what approximately 54,000+ calories worth of fuel looks like

It’s time to put those holiday engines into drive. The Broadmoor’s annual gingerbread display has arrived and can be found parked in the resort’s main building mezzanine. Instead of a traditional gingerbread house or building, this year’s display has wheels – a vintage car made of gingerbread and chocolate that might make Santa want to reconsider his sleigh.  

This year’s life-sized gingerbread display drew inspiration from The Broadmoor’s founder Spencer Penrose and his 1937 Flathead V-8 Cadillac Touring Car. The automobile was initially purchased as a part of the hotel’s separate fleet of limousines. It served two purposes: transporting Broadmoor guests to and from the hotel and sightseeing excursions. Today’s sugary-sweet version of the car will remain parked at the resort for all to enjoy now through New Year’s Day. For those interested in the resort’s historic collection and real-life vintage vehicles, the Penrose Heritage Museum has Mrs. Julie Penrose’s 1928 custom Cadillac limousine on display.

Even today, The Broadmoor has continued its relationship with Cadillac. The iconic brand remains the official fleet of The Broadmoor, offering guests the option for a “Ride and Drive” experience, available exclusively for resort overnight guests and members.

What goes into the creation of a gingerbread car? Here’s a breakdown of parts:

  • 958 lbs of Powdered Sugar
  • 475 lbs of Flour
  • 1801 Eggs
  • 3 “Ho’ Ho’ Ho’s!”
  • 19 lbs of Holiday Spices
  • 200 lbs of Granulated Sugar
  • 128 lbs of Molasses
  • 2 “Shakes of a Nutcracker!”
  • 6 lbs of Salt
  • 164 lbs of Dark Chocolate
  • 89 lbs of Butter
  • 6 “UH OHs!”
  • 3 lbs of Baking Soda
  • 10 lbs of Heavy Cream
  • 2 lbs of Fresh Yeast
  • 160 Chocolate Bars
  • 40 lbs of Silver Chocolate
  • 1 Dark Chocolate Steering Wheel
  • 1 Jolly St. Nick
  • 6 Sugar Hubcaps
  • 2 Carpenters
  • 10 Pastry Chefs
  • 308 Estimated Elf Hours

Holiday merriment doesn’t just stop at over-the-top gingerbread displays. Throughout the season, The Broadmoor will host several holiday events and programming for overnight resort guests including gingerbread decorating classes for kids, special holiday dining menus in all outlets, Wassail Tea service, culinary and beverage demonstrations, Breakfasts with Santa, the Classic Broadmoor Holiday Show, and other moments of cheer, including the resort’s 12 Days of Christmas, December 21-January 1.

More details on the resort’s holiday offerings, visit https://www.broadmoor.com/holidays.