Oneida Indian Nation Homelands (November 20, 2023) – Turning Stone officially kicks-off the holiday season today by flipping the switch on its massive holiday display of lights, décor and the opening of its renowned gingerbread village.
Upstate New York’s premier destination resort is lighting up the holidays with more than two million LED lights, 160 illuminated Christmas trees, a massive 50 foot tree with a six foot topper, a 32 foot tree inside the Emerald Lobby, 84 illuminated lamppost motifs of reindeer and ornaments, and more.
By The Numbers: Turning Stone’s 2023 Holiday Décor
- 2 million LED holiday lights
- More than 4,150 ornaments
- 160 illuminated Christmas trees
- More than 230 feet of holiday garland
- 10 eight foot long ornaments hanging in the Winter Garden
- 84 illuminated light post motifs along the drive into the resort
- Several massive Christmas trees measuring between 24 to 50 feet
- Six oversized illuminated ornaments and ten large illuminated gift boxes
The holidays in Upstate New York aren’t complete without a visit to Turning Stone’s annual Gingerbread Village, nationally recognized every year by leading publications, including the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide, as one of the best gingerbread villages in the country. Measuring more than 75 feet in length, the Candy Land themed village features nine colorful structures, including:
- Cupcake Commons Barn
- Ice Palace Carousel
- Lollipop Woods Tudor House
- Dulce de Leche Falls Log Cabin
- Chocolate Mountain Colonial House
- Ice Cream Slopes Bakery
- Peppermint Pass Church
- Candy Castle Farmhouse
- Gummy Hills Train Station
The village also includes a train that travels from the train station throughout the village.
Turning Stone’s award-winning pastry team, led by new Executive Pastry Chef Jeremy Moore, designed this year’s Gingerbread Village with a nostalgic nod to the childhood game Candy Land with memories of sweet-sounding destinations and delicious candy themed adventures.
“Even before I started working at Turning Stone, I knew about its Gingerbread Village and the accolades it receives each year,” said Turning Stone Executive Pastry Chef Jeremy Moore. “We wanted to continue that tradition this year by creating an all-edible, sweet-tooth indulging, colorful candy-focused village with sprinkles of gingerbread.”
By The Numbers: Turning Stone’s 2023 Gingerbread Village
- 4,000 Gingerbread Pieces
- 4,000 Hershey Kisses
- 3,900 Hershey Miniatures
- 1,260 Andes Candies
- 1,000 Pounds Frosting
- 720 Dum Dums Lollipops
- 400 Cow Cupcake Wrappers
- 375 Peppermint Sticks
- 315 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- 250 Pounds Fondant Icing
- 150 Pounds Isomalt Sugar
- 41 Pounds White Chocolate
The Gingerbread Village is open daily through New Year’s Day and is located near the main entrance of the resort by The Commons shopping boutiques.
For a list of all Turning Stone holiday festivities, including holiday concerts, themed weekends at Exit 33, and more visit bit.ly/TSForTheHolidays.