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Fairmont San Francisco’s Giant Gingerbread House Offers a Sweet See’s Candies Start to the 2021 Holiday Season

8 November 2021
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For over a century, Fairmont San Francisco has enchanted guests with its joyful holiday festivities and exuberant seasonal ambience. This year, the Fairmont elves in good company with our sweet partners at See’s Candies are working overtime to create a hotel display like no other. From November 27, 2021, the hotel lobby transforms into one of the world’s most beloved holiday destinations, where cherished memories for locals and visitors alike are created. The highlight of this awe-inspiring exhibit will be the two-story giant Gingerbread House adorned in hundreds of pounds of See’s Candies iconic sweets located in the hotel’s grand lobby. Lovingly built with a completely edible exterior, this delectable abode will be unveiled during a ribbon cutting on Saturday, November 27, 2021, 11:00am. The event is open to the public and offers guests the opportunity to take pleasure in complimentary holiday refreshments and heart-warming music while Santa Claus poses for photos. Kids can also write letters to Saint Nick in the lobby’s “North Pole Nook” all season long (Fairmont guarantees speedy delivery to the North Pole). A seasonal Moët Champagne bar will also be open throughout the festive season. For additional information on holiday events and programming please visit: https://www.fairmont-san-francisco.com/holidays/

In the spirit of the season, an entrance fee of $10.00 per adult will be collected from non-hotel guests and those who do not hold dining/holiday tea reservations, who wish to admire the festive décor and Gingerbread House. Net proceeds from entrance fees will be donated to Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. (Accompanied children will be extended complimentary access.)

Fairmont San Francisco’s talented culinary team, led by Executive Chef Michael Quigley, has meticulously planned for construction of this year’s enormous Gingerbread House, which will be equal in size to years past stunning, two-story-high Victorian. Once complete, the house will stand more than 22 feet high and 23 feet wide and include thousands of home-baked gingerbread bricks and more than a ton of royal icing and candy décor.

The Gingerbread House takes center stage and fills the halls with its sweet aroma, but the hotel’s holiday trees are also impressive in their own right. Guests will enjoy the enchanting 23-foot-tall Christmas tree tickling the center of the ceiling in the Main Lobby, the celebrated Molinari Family Nutcracker Collection and beautiful holiday decorations.

Markus Treppenhauer, General Manager of Fairmont San Francisco shares, “We are delighted to once again celebrate the holiday season in true Fairmont style. The unmatched Victorian Gingerbread House resplendent in See’s Candies, the festive Moët Champagne Bar and the ever-popular traditional holiday tea offerings truly define the magic of the holiday season in San Francisco.”

Hundreds of pounds of See’s Candies – including their iconic lollypops, sour candies and chocolate confections – will be artfully placed on the breathtaking build, creating a true work of art. This year, the California-based candy company is celebrating 100 years of sweetness, having first opened up shop in 1921.

To get a taste, guests, San Francisco residents and visitors to the city are encouraged to stop by the See’s Candies pop-up location in Fairmont San Francisco’s lobby to purchase an array of sweet offerings ahead of the season. The pop-up shop will be open during peak periods throughout the holiday.

“Two companies that have been serving the Bay Area for a century or more celebrating the season together is truly special! We are proud to partner with the Fairmont San Francisco, to bring some sweetness and joy to San Francisco and the Bay Area. Celebrating a Centennial together would be special any year, but after the last year, this season will be even more meaningful. I remember visiting the Gingerbread House when I was young, so being able to include our candies in this iconic tradition is extra sweet for me” said Pat Egan, President & CEO of See’s Candies.

Steeped in tradition since 1907 – Holiday afternoon tea, with all the polished silver, fine china and Victorian accouterments, has been a Fairmont San Francisco tradition since 1907 — and Laurel Court provides the perfect Old-World backdrop. Invite family and friends for steaming pots of fine loose-leaf tea over house-made scones, tea sandwiches on artisan bread, luscious fruit-topped pastries and delectable sweets delivered in elegant style. Requisite sides include lemon curd, Devonshire cream and fruit compote. RESERVATIONS HERE

Holiday Tea at Fairmont San Francisco
November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022:
Seatings at 1:00 pm & 3:30 pm
Price: $149 Adults / $89 Children (under 12 years old) + tax & gratuity

Private dining (for groups up to eight guests) inside the unrivaled Gingerbread House will be available throughout the festive season. Bon vivants are invited to enjoy an exclusive dining experience for any meal or holiday tea. Rental fees, minimum food and beverage expenditure and booking windows apply. For more information please visit http://www.fairmont-san-francisco.com/holidays

Additional information and reservations for Fairmont San Francisco Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Laurel Court New Year’s Family Dinner and a special Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar New Year’s Luau are available online HERE


22-feet-high by 23-feet-wide by 10 ½ -feet deep

7,750 pieces of gingerbread
1,500 pounds of royal icing
Hundreds of pounds of See’s Candies

The Culinary Team spends approximately 375 hours creating the gingerbread house
The Engineering Department works 520 hours to construct its framework.

In maintaining the hotel’s commitment to the environment, each year the framework is recycled and the edible ingredients are composted.

For additional information on holiday events and programming please visit: https://www.fairmont-san-francisco.com/holidays/

Phone the hotel directly at (415) 772- 5212 or email [email protected]

In accordance with the City and County of San Francisco, masks are required indoors while not actively eating or drinking and proof of vaccination is required within food & beverage venues.

Since 1907, Fairmont has served as the San Francisco residence for U.S. presidents, world leaders and entertainment stars. The landmark hotel offers 606 handsome guest rooms and suites, two distinctive restaurants, a health club and easy access to the city’s most popular attractions. Fairmont San Francisco is located atop Nob Hill at 950 Mason Street. For reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit fairmont.com/san-francisco

For 100 years, See’s Candies has been dedicated to making candy Mary See’s way. Only the finest, freshest ingredients are used in making each recipe. American made, famous for deliciousness, with the friendliest customer service—since 1921. Today, customers can choose from over 100 different candies and chocolates, whether shopping online or visiting one of See’s iconic black-and-white checkered shops. Founded and headquartered in sunny California, See’s Candies has expanded from one candy shop to over 250 shops across America and a flourishing online store. For more information visit https://www.sees.com/

Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fulfills the wishes of children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 who have critical illnesses. Research shows children who have wishes granted build the physical and emotional strength needed to fight a critical illness. This can improve their quality of life and produce better health outcomes. The Greater Bay Area chapter was founded in 1984 and serves 17 counties in Northern California. One of the largest Make-A-Wish chapters nationwide, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area has granted more than 8,500 wishes in its 37-year history and, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, granted close to 400 wishes per year. For more information and to get involved, visit wish.org/greaterbay

For media inquiries and further information contact:
Michelle Heston
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
[email protected]