AUSTIN -- The holidays wouldn't be complete without a sweet tradition. Each year the pastry chefs at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Austin come together to create a gingerbread village for a good cause. This year it is certain to bring out the kid in all of us.
Whoville, like Austin, is a place where the Christmas spirit shines and even a Grinch can't steal the surprise.
Yes, much like the Whos celebrate without gifts in tow, Austin makes do usually without any snow. Except on this day where inside the Four Seasons Hotel, flurries fill gingerbread roofs and the kitchen with a sugary smell.
"It's the last stage,” said Chef de Partie Amanda Pallagi. “It's the day we add snow to all of our houses and the icicles and all that fun stuff."
Pallagi is one of the pastry chefs hoping you can't get enough.
She’s helping create a village with the Grinch that stole Christmas as its theme. The most imaginative concoction you've likely ever seen.
Some chefs took 20 to 30 hours making sure every detail would please.
By the time Whoville is all set up it will take 200 pounds of sugar. All set up with the greatest of ease.
From the kitchen to the lobby it always draws a crowd. It really is no wonder the head chef Javier Franco said, “It makes me feel proud.”
These chefs have created a village from scratch with 10 Whoville houses that are a near match.
There's the little dog max and a train that rips the sack there's so much see you'll want to come back.
"It's hard for people to believe that it's all edible,” said Pallagi. “And that it's mostly gingerbread."
Especially when you see the tiny details like the green Grinch's head.
And like they've done in Christmases past these chefs sell their works so their good deeds last.
Each creation is auctioned off to the highest bidder to benefit the Shivers Cancer Center.
One visit and you'll see it's no wonder that this year especially there's a message to ponder.
Christmas doesn't come from a store. Christmas means a little bit more.
Yes this is the real meaning of Christmas at its core.
The village will remain on display through the end of the year and there are two open houses this week on Dec. 4 and 5 from 5 to 6 p.m.
You can ask the pastry chefs questions about their creations, get a visit from Santa plus enjoy complimentary hot apple cider and cookies.