The cafe is running a Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop, enabling local families and groups of friends to try their hand at decorating the 3D creations which have been popular across northern Europe since the early 19th century.

Groups of up to four people will be given a gingerbread house – made to a traditional recipe by the Baltzersen’s team – along with enough pretzels, sweets and chocolate to create a unique centrepiece for Christmas. They can also choose to add gingerbread people, reindeer and even Moomins, the famous Scandi cartoon characters.

Baltzersen’s owner Paul Rawlinson said: “The traditions of gingerbread houses are more than 200 years old, but they are still very much part of the Christmas period in Scandinavia.

“I have great childhood memories of seeing these intricate creations on the table at Christmas when we visited family in Norway, and they’re becoming more and more popular in the UK too. We’ve run gingerbread house workshops a few times now and people are always asking us about them, so of course we had to organise one again this year.

“There’s nothing more Scandinavian than sitting down with family or friends to create your own gingerbread house and we want to bring some of that tradition to Harrogate again this year. Our team will be on hand to give advice, and of course we’ll be selling hot and cold drinks all evening, with the option to pre-order hot dogs too.”

The Gingerbread House workshop takes place at Baltzersen’s on Monday, December 12 at 6pm. Tickets are £30 per table of four, available by calling Baltzersen’s on 01423 202 363.

Additional options can be added, including the extra characters at £5 for four, and hotdogs for £3 each.

Places are limited so early booking is recommended.


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Catherine Scott is Associate Features Editor for Yorkshire Post Newspapers. A self-confessed foodie, she is also a judge of the Deliciousyorkshire/Yorkshire Post Taste Awards.

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