Christmas is just around the corner, which means a lot of last-minute tidying, packing, and baking. For those who celebrate, one tried-and-true tradition is decorating gingerbread houses, a bit of holiday fun that can get a little crazy when you’re an artist or perfectionist. We’re seriously impressed with just how intricate these things can get, and doubly impressed by people who use their love of pop culture to create gingerbread houses inspired by their favorite shows, movies, games, and books.We scoured Twitter and Instagram for the best â€“ and most creative â€“ pop culture-inspired gingerbread houses, from Hogwarts to the Overlook Hotel and beyond.
First up, these Nightmare Before Christmas designs.
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS inspired Gingerbread House by Koalipops. #GingerbreadHouseDay #GhastlyGastronomy pic.twitter.com/RSCy4eVJ5o
â€” Ghoulia Childs (@GhouliaChilds) December 12, 2018
The Nightmare Before Christmas gingerbread house. By â€œgingerbread artisanâ€ Tye Rannosaurus. Full story at @BDisgusting 🎄 pic.twitter.com/atK8IFJohy
â€” Jennifer Tilly (@JenniferTilly) December 21, 2018
How about some horror-themed houses, like this Evil Dead cabin.
Evil Dead Gingerbread Houseby Johnny Larocque and Nicole Cooper pic.twitter.com/gZJBIhOrrB
â€” 41 Strange (@41Strange) December 16, 2018
And this Overlook Hotel, which we wrote about here.
Now THIS is a #gingerbreadhouse! #OverlookHotel #TheShining #StevenKing #StanleyKubrick #maze pic.twitter.com/l4tsiIECXV
â€” Channing Thomson (@CHANNINGPOSTERS) December 16, 2018
We also wrote about this impressive Hogwarts castle from the Duchess Bake Shop in Edmonton.
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Gingerbread Hogwarts is finally here!! It is 100% edible, made from gingerbread, sugar, and candyâ€”stop by the Bake Shop to see it in person through the holidays. Just like in previous years you can enter to WIN a chance to DESTROY the castle if you bring a donation of new socks for the @bissellcentre. Thank you @g_beggs @kelseyfj and @cafelinnea for your incredible hard workâ€”all those late nights were worth it! #duchessbakeshop #gingerbreadhogwarts #gingerbread #gingerbreadcastle #hogwarts #cafelinnea
As for games, this Candyland house is amazing.
Having fun making our Candy Land gingerbread house #trilogygingerbread pic.twitter.com/KBRjVTLeRn
â€” Lakes of Sylvania (@LakesOfSylvania) December 19, 2018
We love this little Mario-inspired castle.
my completed Mario gingerbread castle ❤️ Waluigi is the king inside it 😁😋😉 #supermario #gingerbreadhouse pic.twitter.com/RWuqKlJikA
â€” Paris (@Paris5503) December 12, 2018
DC Kids shared these cute mini-houses inspired by Titans, GO!
Titans, GO! To the ultimate gingerbread village! Which is your fave? #GingerbreadHouse #GingerbreadVillage pic.twitter.com/OHqIva1DGO
â€” DC Kids (@DCComicsKids) December 14, 2018
How about this cute Snoopy doghouse?
CCU Softball Gingerbread House:
Juniors, “Snoopy” pic.twitter.com/r98CQgQvShâ€” CCU Eagles Softball (@CCUSoftball) December 12, 2018
Or this Star Wars-inspired mini ginger-village?
My teamâ€™s gingerbread house contest submission. Teamwork at its finest! 😁 #StarWars #GingerbreadShowdown #Gingerbreadhouse pic.twitter.com/1a2PS7Balw
â€” ã‚´ã‚¦ã‚»ãƒ« 🥰 (@gamerlikesanime) December 20, 2018
It wouldn’t be 2018 without Gritty working his way onto a list.
The â¦ @NBCPhiladelphiaâ© News team is pretty proud of its entry in the station Gingerbread House contest. pic.twitter.com/IUyMtzNb8y
â€” Tracy Davidson (@tracydavidson) December 21, 2018
We’ve gotta give major props to this Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again ginger-resort, complete with a gingerbread Cher.
Guys, someone at the office made a Mamma Mia gingerbread house for the floor competition and I am shook to my core. pic.twitter.com/JWKpMNmQhY
â€” Lauren Poketato Latke 🕎 (@LaurenPokedoff) December 20, 2018
And last but not least, this house â€“ inspired by the popular podcast My Favorite Murder â€“Â is an impressive in-joke that Murderinos everywhere will get a kick out of.
OMG, @kenzs_lenses, we canâ€™t with this gingerbread house. 💖🎄💖 https://t.co/r42uXijs1c pic.twitter.com/6xVnFjyHoO
â€” My Favorite Murder (@MyFavMurder) December 11, 2018
Did we miss any good ones? Post some of your favorite links below!