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  • Canada's National Gingerbread Showcase 2012

    Ryan Timothy Townsend's "Chateau" gingerbread house is on display at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria, British Columbia. Some of the pastry chefs participating Canada's National Gingerbread Showcase spend up to two months crafting their gingerbread houses. The fundraiser is raising money for Habitat for Humanity Victoria.
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  • Canada's National Gingerbread Showcase 2012

    Helijet International proudly displays "Santa's Little Helper," complete with its very own poem. The showcase's rules dictate that all 27 of the gingerbread houses in the contest must be made entirely of edible ingredients. The winners will be announced Dec. 21.
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  • Canada's National Gingerbread Showcase 2012

    Magnolia Hotel presents this rendition of a gingerbread house titled "Ooh LaLa Magnolia." The gingerbread homes will be on display until Jan. 1. The public can cast its vote in exchange for a donation to Habitat for Humanity Victoria.
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  • Canada's National Gingerbread Showcase 2012

    For all the "Star Wars" fans out there, Canoe Brewpub created "Canoe Wars." This edible Millennium Falcon even has its own mini Chewbacca. "Santa can deliver the presents so much quicker in the falcon!" one Facebook user exclaimed.
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    April Iverson, the Inn at Laurel Point's head pastry chef, and her crew created "A Prairie Christmas." Hailing from Saskatchewan, Iverson designed the gingerbread house "architect-style" with the grain elevators in mind, which were a regular part of the scenery in her hometown of Maicam, according to Victoria News.
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  • Canada's National Gingerbread Showcase 2012

    DFH Real Estate Ltd created "Up, up and away!" The gingerbread house was reportedly inspired by the animated Pixar film "Up," and comes complete with jelly-bean balloons and the characters Carl Fredricksen and his "Wilderness Explorer" sidekick Russell.
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  • Canada's National Gingerbread Showcase 2012

    Sporting its own skating rink, "Winter Wonderland" created by Judi Sigurdson is on display at the Inn at Laurel Point. Some of these gingerbread homes took nearly 100 hours to finish, according to Yahoo News Canada.
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  • Canada's National Gingerbread Showcase 2012

    The Canadian Home Builder's Association & Cakes Etc present "World of Christmas" for Canada's National Gingerbread Showcase. For the first time this year, the contest was opened to bakers all over Canada.
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  • Canada's National Gingerbread Showcase 2012

    The National Gingerbread Showcase is open to both professionals and amateur pastry chefs, though they're entered in separate categories. Last year's event raised more than $5,000 for Habitat for Humanity Victoria.
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  • Canada's National Gingerbread Showcase 2012

    "Buccaneer Cove" by Michael Higgins is one of the non-Christmas-themed submissions. The Inn at Laurel Point is offering a gingerbread package complete with accommodations and other incentives.
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