Four Seasons Austin Has Gone to WhoVille This Holiday Season
The world is officially in "Countdown to Christmas" mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we'll be featuring a hotel that's in a holiday mood--whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake tree, put on some lights and declare themselves "festive." Which is why we're looking at hotels that are really going ALL OUT. Know of a hotel that's super excited for Christmas? Let us know!
The Four Seasons Austin got a jump on the holiday decorations last week, when they unveiled their Dr. Seuss-themed Gingerbread WhoVillage, a gingerbread replica of the town of Whoville from How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Conceived by the hotel's pastry chefs back in August, the WhoVillage features a Mt. Crumpet, Cindy Lou Who's house, a giant Town Center Christmas Tree, a Welcome to Whoville Sign and a train that looks like the Grinch's stolen bag of toys.
All in all, the village features ten houses made entirely out of edible materials (each one also takes the team of pasty chefs about 30 hours to construct.) Additionally, each house is sold to a sponsor and the proceeds are donated to the Seton Shivers Cancer Center. Sorry, we don't think sponsors can eat the house until the display comes down on January 1st.
Guests can check out the sugary display from now through January 1st. The Four Seasons will also host a Gingerbread Village Open House on December 4 and 5 featuring complimentary hot apple cider and sweet Grinch-themed treats, photos with Santa and a chance to ask the pastry chefs about making the WhoVillage. The hotel is also doing a funny Elf on a the Shelf, aka Mr. Jingles, bit on their Facebook page. Let's just hope Mr. Jingles doesn't creep on up to the guestrooms.
[Photos: Four Seasons Austin]