The Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse hosts a Gingerbread House display each year. Participants are sponsored by local businesses and the gingerbread houses are showcased behind glass in this room:
My favorite was this depiction of the NY State Fair - they highlighted the favorite aspects of the Fair, the butter sculpture, the milk bar, the livestock, culinary competitions and the sand sculpture. The Ferris Wheel is made of gingerbread!:
This was the "happiest" house, decorated to perfection!:
The train leaving the station was a unique display:
And this baker created a display that depicts the elephant exhibit at the local Zoo
The "Octagon House" is in the rear and elves are sleeping in a tent in the foreground:
This weathered and dilapidated lighthouse was amazing!:
This is a yearly event held at the museum - It's always a fun way to spend an hour during the holidays!