With candy cane fences, gumdrop pathways and frosting everywhere, gingerbread houses are a popular way to decorate for Christmas. The best designs can take weeks or months to prepare and come complete with marzipan statuettes, intricately piped royal icing and lighted windows made of sugar. In simpler forms, gingerbread house kits can be decorated in just a few hours — perfect for an evening of holiday-themed entertainment or starting an annual family tradition. Feast your eyes on these amazing gingerbread houses. You’re bound to find some inspiring ideas for decorating your own edible masterpiece.

Victorian Gingerbread HouseVictorian Gingerbread House from Goodies By AnnaColorful Candy Gingerbread HouseColorful Candy Gingerbread House from Carrie Stephens

Gingerbread Cathedral

Gingerbread Cathedral from Citrus and Candy

Lost London Gingerbread

Edible London from Biscuiteers

Red White and Blue Gingerbread House

Red White and Blue Gingerbread House from Whipperberry

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Gingerbread House with Turrets

Gingerbread House With Turrets from Chanroc

Pink Gingerbread House

Sweet Pink Gingerbread House from Sweetopia

White Gingerbread House Tutorial

White House Gingerbread Tutorial from Frog Prince Paperie

Gingerbread Log Cabin

Log Cabin from Kelsey and Kevin

Elf Bed And Breakfast Gingerbread House

Bed and Breakfast from Cake Fixation

Ginger Bread House

Gingerbread Mansion from Mairi MacRae

Tikkido Gingerbread House

Standard Gingerbread House from Tikkido

Red Gingerbread House

Red Gingerbread Mansion from Top Tenz

Modern Gingerbread House

Modern Gingerbread House from Oh Happy Day

Sprinklebakes Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House Dough from Sprinkle Bakes

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Valentine Gingerbread House

Valentine Gingerbread House from With Love & Confection

Shortbread House

Shortbread House from Askanam

Lighted Gingerbread House

Lighted Gingerbread House from Rock Recipes

Frank Lloyd Wright Gingerbread

Frank Lloyd Wright Fallingwater Gingerbread from Garden Melodies

Selfridge Gingerbread

Selfridge Store Mockup from smudgetikka

Caramel Gingerbread Treehouse

Gingerbread Treehouse from Slice of Cake

Gingerbread Pagoda Home

A Gingerbread Pagoda from Top Tenz Pictures

Gingerbread Shoe

Gingerbread Shoe from Top of the world cakes

Sleeping Beauty Gingerbread Castle

Sleeping Beauty Gingerbread House from Between the Pages

Gingerbread Aladdin

Aladdin’s Magic Castle from Wheres My Backpack

Beauty Beast Gingerbread

Beauty and the Beast Castle from Wheres My Backpack

Penguins Christmas Cruise

Penguin’s Christmas Cruise from Yu Bargain Rocks

Gingerbread White House

White House from Obama Foodorama

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Mount Vernon Recreation from Totally Tikaa

Life Size Gingerbread House

Life-Sized Gingerbread House from Houzzz

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Gingerbread Godzilla

The Snowy Japanese Gingerbread Pagoda from Off the (meat)hook

Mini Gingerbread House

Mini-House on Coffee Mug from Not Martha

Gingerbread Winchester Mansion

Winchester Mansion from Flickr user OR4N6E

Gingerbread Steamboat

gingerbread riverboat from Cake Central

Santas Gingerbread House

Santa’s Gingerbread House from The Distraction Network

Gingerbreadhouse Tatemodern

Gingerbread Museum from Core 77

Gingerbread Top View

Interior of Gingerbread House from Worth Pinning

Gingerbread Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower Gingerbread Centerpiece from Haniela’s

Gingerbread Town

Gingerbread Town from Everyone’s an Original

Gingerbread Farmhouse Orchard

Apple Orchard Farm House from Cake Central

Gingerbread Birdhouse

Gingerbread Dove Houses from De Koekenbakkers

Oppenheim Gingerbread Goth House

Gingerbread Despicable me House from DIY Network

Gingerbread Pine House

Gingerbread Bird House Tutorial from Haniela’s