Rydges South Bank unveiled Brisbane’s first life-sized gingerbread sleigh on Monday 27 November.

Crafted by the Rydges kitchen team, the sleigh weighs a staggering 470 kilograms and will stay in the brand new lobby right up until Christmas Eve when Santa will stop by to collect his sleigh for deliveries.

The team spent almost a month of preparation. rolling, cutting, baking and designing hundreds of kilograms of gingerbread.

Built on a wooden frame, it took the team two days to measure and scale the sleigh from scratch, and seven chefs a whole day to assemble.

On decoration duty, some lucky children from The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital brought the gingerbread sleigh to life, with almost 170 kilograms of icing.

Decking Santa’s transport in sweet treats, lollies and marshmallows, the sleigh looked every part a magical sleigh. The children also made their own mini Santa sleighs.

The gingerbread Santa sleigh initiative is in support of The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, with people donating presents in the Rydges South Bank lobby for ill children to make their Christmas special.

For the past two years the hotel has famously created a full-size gingerbread house, however this year, it chose to recreate Santa’s sleigh.

Rydges South Bank General Manager Callum Kennedy said the hotel lobby is now brimming with the sounds and smells of Christmas.

“The aromas of the gingerbread, and the excited giggles of kids and adults, with people travelling from all over South East Queensland to see the gingerbread Santa sleigh creation,” said Mr Kennedy.

The gingerbread sleigh is on display until Christmas, and hotel guests, families and children are invited to take pictures with little ones able to sit up in the sleigh – just as long as they try not to eat it!

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