Liberty Station in Point Loma is doing something extraordinary for the year-end holidays: hosting a re-imagined, Gingerbread City on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 12.
Sponsored by The Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County, the drive-thru event will showcase the theme “Holidays Around the World,” featuring more than 20 world-class gingerbread structures.
Modified due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, attendees will remain in their cars for the entirety of the event, which will include holiday fun, music, drive-up concessions, and family-friendly entertainment.
One of San Diego’s two largest epilepsy awareness events, Gingerbread City will celebrate 27 years of supporting the programs and services provided to the 50,000 people locally living with epilepsy.
“We are thrilled to be moving forward,” said Wendy Urushima-Conn, president/CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County. “This is our first time in Liberty Station and our first time as a drive-thru event.
“This year, more than ever, we can all use a little bit of holiday cheer. Our organization was determined to keep the magic of the Gingerbread City alive in 2020. Families can pile in the car and experience our vibrant village of gingerbread houses, celebrating one of San Diego’s beloved holiday traditions in a unique format.”
Added Urushima-Conn: “We wanted to keep the gingerbread spirit alive in a safe manner, raise awareness and funds to fight epilepsy, and treat people to these awesome gingerbread structures. They fit on large tables and have been created and donated by individuals and pastry artists. It’s really just about making something fun and festive. Folks who want to purchase them can bid on them.”
There will also be swag bags with all kinds of goodies given away to participants. All proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation. The gingerbread structures will be available to bid on online before the event starting Monday, Dec. 7.
The general public is invited to join honorary event hosts Bob and Sheryl Scarano and event co-chairs Rick Burritt and Sheenoo Sharma for this year’s Gingerbread City from the safety of their vehicles. They will experience some of the most unique, fun, and fanciful gingerbread houses, villages, and storybook scenes south of the North Pole.
Epilepsy is a central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness.
The Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County helps individuals with epilepsy and their families to overcome the daily challenges of living with the unpredictability of seizures. The organization provides free community-focused education, advocacy, counseling, and other supportive programs to empower clients with resources, life skills, self-confidence, and self-advocacy.