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Sheraton's Gingerbread Village in 2019, to the theme of "Elf Life" (Image: Elizabeth Crook / Seattle Refined)

Sheraton's annual Gingerbread Village canceled

This calls for the loudest "bah humbug" ever.

Sheraton's annual Gingerbread Village is yet another Seattle favorite added to the list of events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions that come along with it.

"With the health and safety of our community being our top priority, we feel that producing this event and bringing thousands of people together to view it would be unwise," the JDRF and Sheraton said in a statement.

The culinary team, top local architecture firms, and builders' association design at the Sheraton Hotel build an extravagant gingerbread display every year. Donations from the event go toward the JDRF Northwest Chapter, a nonprofit that funds type 1 diabetes research. This event has drawn hundreds of thousands each year for more than two decades, and since its inception, it's raised more than $1 million for JDRF.

"This decision saddens us because Gingerbread Village is such a fun and impactful holiday tradition that supports JDRF with critical funds each year," the statement continued, "but the safety of our community and the containment of this global pandemic remains our top priority."

Reminisce on Gingerbread Villages of years past!

2019 Gingerbread Village: "Elf Life"

2018 Gingerbread Village: "Dr. Seuss' Whoville"

2017 Gingerbread Village: "Seattle: 25 Years of Cheer"