The Holiday Season Comes to Life in Sun Valley


By Aimee Burnett

Sun Valley, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The Winter Wonderland Gala is underway in Sun Valley.

The holiday season came to life this weekend at the Sun Valley Resort.

"It's about families. It's about the holidays, bringing people here and enjoying themselves," said Jack Sibbach, Sun Valley Resort spokesman.

And, despite the rainy weather, dozens of families came out to share in a multitude of festivities.

Tom’s Mini Trains for the kids and a holiday window scavenger hunt for adults.

Thirteen windows at the resort are decorated by artists with each depicting a holiday scene from a different country.

"People will match the country to the saying in the passport, the get them stamped, go back to the lodge and get a free treat," said Sibbach.

The Gingerbread Village is one of the highlights of the event. It's an exact replica of Sun Valley Village made entirely of gingerbread.

"The train around it representing how people used to get here with Union Pacific Railroad, but this was about 400 hours-worth of work,” said Sibbach.

Creator Mary Jones, who owns the Chocolate Moose, finished the two month job in about two weeks.

"I started work on the 15th, started baking and I finished this morning," said Jones.

Two local builders help design the architecture and Jones put it all together focusing on the intricate details of the community.

"I tried really, really hard to capture all the little things that different people think of as Sun Valley," said Jones.

It required somewhere between 300-500 pounds of gingerbread to create the picturesque scene.

The event runs through January 24th and has a variety of family events lined up.

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