It took 900 lbs. of flour to make the massive gingerbread house now on display at the Westin Austin's Stella San Jac restaurant — which you can actually dine in this holiday season.

The restaurant introduced the life-size gingerbread house last year to host six people, but this year's version is even bigger and can offer a festive feast for up to 12 people. Because of the limited seating, you'll need to make reservations if you want lunch or dinner within its cozy, oh-so-sweet confines. Food provided within the space comes from Stella San Jac's special holiday menu, a sample of which is available for viewing on the website. Each meal is prix fixe.

Best of all, dining within the gingerbread house is for a good cause. The hotel is donating a portion of all proceeds to Back on Our Feet, a local nonprofit with the mission of combating homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources.

You can enjoy figgy pudding and cups of cheer at the gingerbread house through Dec. 26 — and, if you'd prefer a very different but extra merry time on Christmas Day, you can make reservations on Dec. 25 as well. In addition to the meal, the house fully decked out with holiday decorations also has an interactive photo booth.

To make reservations, email Kelsey.Hart@whitelodging.com or visit stellasanjac.com/news-1/2018/10/12/gingerbread-house.


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