Hyatt’s gingerbread village a Downtown holiday tradition
The 2013 edition of the annual gingerbread village in the lobby of the Hyatt Downtown.
This entry from the Hyatt’s laundry department received the most votes from hotel guests.
The entries from the engineering, shipping & receiving, housekeeping and front office departments.
Sixteen groups participated in the Hyatt’s inaugural Department Gingerbread Decorating Contest. Hotel guests voted on their favorite display.
One of Downtown's holiday traditions is housed at the Hyatt each year when the gingerbread village is unveiled.

A project of the hotel's pastry artists, the display reflects the Downtown skyline.

This year, a friendly in-house competition was added when 16 of the hotel's departments created gingerbread displays that were set up in the lobby near the front desk. Business and leisure travelers from all over the U.S. and the world cast ballots for their favorite.

When the votes were counted Wednesday, the laundry department's entry was declared the top vote-getter in the inaugural contest.

The gingerbread village display will be in the lobby near the Coastline Drive entrance until the day after Christmas. Then it will be dismantled for the hotel team to prepare for thousands of University of Georgia and University of Michigan fans arriving for the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl game on New Year's Day.


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Thursday, Dec. 12
Downtown "Top to Bottom" Walking Tour
10 a.m.
The Landing

Holiday on the River Concert & Dance Series
(Through Dec. 22)
11 a.m.
The Landing

Amateur Night Auditions
5-6:15 p.m.
The Ritz Thratre

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra: "Holiday Pops"
7:30 p.m.
Times-Union Center

Flashdance the Musical
7:30 p.m.
Times-Union Center

Friday, Dec. 13
Friday Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Landing

$5 Friday
10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Museum of Science & History

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra:
"Holiday Pops"
11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Times-Union Center

Walgreens presents the 22nd Annual Community Nutcracker
8 p.m.
The Florida Theatre

Flashdance the Musical
8 p.m.
Times-Union Center

Saturday, Dec. 14
Children's Christmas Party of Jacksonville
9 a.m.
Prime Osborn Convention Center

Riverside Arts Market: "Holidazzle"
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Northbank Riverwalk Artists Square

Member Appreciation Day
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art

Gullah Food Tasting and Book Signing
1 p.m.
The Ritz Theatre
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