This giant gingerbread house will be raffled off for charity at Andyman’s Dessert and Baking Co.

AMESBURY — It is easy to become accustomed to holiday lighting and decorations, but what sits upon the counter at Andyman Dessert and Baking Company refuses to be ignored.

The bakery — well-known for its bagels and coffee — has once again proven impressive with a two-and-a-half-foot tall, one-foot wide, and two-and-a-half-foot long gingerbread house, which will be raffled off with half of all proceeds going to charity. Tickets are on sale for $1 each or $5 for six; the drawing will take place Dec. 23.

Styled after a Swiss Chalet, the 70-pound house took creators Laurie Arizzi, co-owner Andy Arizzi and Dr. Peter Arizzi more than a month to complete. The gingerbread house, held together by frosting, reached a technological milestone this year with the first time addition of real decorative lights. If the chocolate Santas guarding the door and gum drops lining the roof are not tempting enough, a $25 gift certificate is hidden inside the house for the raffle winner.

“It (the gingerbread house) is a way to feel like a kid again and revisit childhood,” co-owner Craig Hurd said. “Customers love it.”

Last week, even before Hurd and a team of employees were done setting up the massive candy structure, customers were already requesting tickets. In its first week, more than 50 were sold.

Next year the bakery plans to take the tradition one step further and create a gingerbread village with an electric train making stops throughout the buildings. The gingerbread house display is in its eighth year.

Last year the bakery donated half the proceeds to the March of Dimes.

“Andy is a very good person and wherever he can help he will,” Hurd said.

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