Gingerbread Lane Celebrates 25th Annual Return To Hyatt Regency Vancouver

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Downtown hotel brightens up the holidays for needy children by partnering with Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon for its 25th year

The sweetest lane in the city celebrates its 25th annual return to the lobby of Hyatt Regency Vancouver from December 4th through December 27th. Executive Chef Jeff Szombaty and the engineering team are hard at work constructing this year’s stunning gingerbread house, built to serve as the centrepiece for more than 30 gingerbread creations designed by secondary schools, professionals and amateur culinary artists.

More than a holiday attraction, Gingerbread Lane has raised over $75,000 for charity over the past 24 years, including supporting their current charity partner, Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon. This year promises to be the biggest yet as the hotel celebrates Gingerbread Lane’s 25th anniversary.

“I am honoured to be a part of Gingerbread Lane’s 25th Anniversary,” says Lance Marrin, General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. “This year’s display is sure to be one of our best as we take a journey through the past 24 years of this wonderful holiday tradition. Please come share the history with us and help our Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon partners at the same time. Let’s all do our part to make a child’s dream come true.”

For the past quarter century, kids of all ages have enjoyed the meticulously designed masterpieces on display and have supported the partnership with Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon by making a donation when voting for their favourite gingerbread house.

The centrepiece is Executive Chef Jeff Szombaty’s gigantic gingerbread structure. Ingredients include 500 pounds of gingerbread dough, 400 pounds of confectioners’ sugar and 1,400 egg whites, plus a few secret ingredients and a little help from Hyatt's engineering department.

“Hyatt Regency Vancouver’s Gingerbread Lane is a holiday tradition for our Make-A-Wish families,” says Ross Hetherington, Chief Executive Officer of Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon. “We are thrilled to be associated with this wonderful event and so grateful to Hyatt Regency Vancouver for supporting our wish kids.”

About Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Hyatt Regency Vancouver is a 644-room hotel located in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It features the city's most spacious guestrooms, with LCD TVs and gentle-rain showers, the award-winning Mosaic Bar & Grille, and 50,000 square feet of newly-remodeled function space, including the state-of-the-art Regency Ballroom. The main lobby boasts the Grain Tasting Bar, which tempts patrons with regional wines, craft beers, and artisan cocktails. Reservations for Hyatt Regency Vancouver may be made by calling 604-683-1234 or visiting

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