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What’s 9 feet, 300 pounds and sweet all over? Resort at Pelican Hill builds a gingerbread village

What’s 9 feet, 300 pounds and sweet all over? Resort at Pelican Hill builds a gingerbread village
The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast began assembling its annual gingerbread village on Monday. The 9-foot-tall, 300-pound creation will serve as the backdrop for the resort’s “Kris Kringle Story Time Mingle” running weekends from Saturday through Dec. 24. (Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

A 9-foot-tall village of gingerbread and other sweets is here for the holidays at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast.

Head pastry chef Jeff Lehuede began assembling the 300-pound confection Monday. The annual attraction typically draws visitors from Orange County and beyond.

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Jeff Lehuede, left, head pastry chef for the Resort at Pelican Hill, is assisted Monday by pastry cook Tam Nguyen as they assemble the resort's annual gingerbread village in the main lobby.
Jeff Lehuede, left, head pastry chef for the Resort at Pelican Hill, is assisted Monday by pastry cook Tam Nguyen as they assemble the resort's annual gingerbread village in the main lobby. (Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

The gingerbread village, in the main lobby, will be the backdrop for the resort's weekly "Kris Kringle Story Time Mingle," in which children can gather around the display for stories with Santa Claus at 3, 4 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The free event begins Saturday and runs through Dec. 24.

The Resort at Pelican Hill is at 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road. For more information, call (888) 507-6427 or visit pelicanhill.com.

A 4-foot-tall chocolate Christmas tree is a highlight of the gingerbread village in the main lobby at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast.
A 4-foot-tall chocolate Christmas tree is a highlight of the gingerbread village in the main lobby at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast. (Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

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