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Iconic gingerbread village charms generations

By KTVA CBS 11 News 5:47 PM December 9, 2013

Marina's Christmas Village includes 875 pounds of icing and 125 pounds of chocolate.

ANCHORAGE - For more than 30 years, the Hotel Captain Cook’s gingerbread houses have been a beloved Christmas tradition.

Dubbed Marina’s Christmas Village after its original creator’s daughter, the display includes more than 875 pounds of icing and 125 pounds of chocolate. Chef Joe Hickel began baking the gingerbread for this year’s display in August, and each sweet structure is carefully crafted to resemble Anchorage buildings and businesses. The 200 figurines represent real Anchorage residents, and Hickel said the village has become a trip down memory lane for many Alaskans.

“It’s the third generation of people coming in; one gal has been coming for 32 years,” he said. “Tradition – gotta keep doing it.”

The gingerbread village can be seen in the lobby of the Hotel Captain Cook in Downtown Anchorage.

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