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El Conquistador presents life-sized gingerbread house

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Santa's elves were hard at work, spending hundreds off hours on creating a colossal life-size gingerbread house at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador. 

On Dec. 1, Santa, the Grinch and hotel staff greeted families and kids as they witnessed the big unveiling of a completely edible gingerbread house towering over 14 feet. This year's house Christmas house has a  southwestern twist. 

Pastry Chef Dawn Garcia-Webb and a crew of engineers worked around the clock for over a month to make the gingerbread house a reality.

Hundreds of eggs and more than 350 pounds of powdered sugar went into establishing the gingerbread house. 

The house is modeled after adobe-styled homes seen throughout Arizona and has a fireplace inside, chairs and a Christmas tree.  

Garcia-Webb said it's all about bringing joy to the Pima County community this holiday season.

"I think that's the best part is seeing the little kids very excited, of course to see Santa but to see a huge life-size gingerbread house. I mean that pretty much cuts the cake. I mean seeing all those little kids smiling and enjoying themselves which is great." 

Kids and their families got the chance to check out the gingerbread house, walk inside and enjoy a little hot chocolate. 

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