The Spectacular Sugar Castle at the Westin St. Francis

If you find yourself in San Francisco for the Thanksgiving holiday, stop by the famous Westin St. Francis in Union Square for a festive sneak peek at the ultimate winter wonderland. On November 24, the iconic hotel will debut its annual sugar castle, created by Executive Pastry Chef, Jean-Francois Houdré, in the celebrated Landmark Lobby.

The marvelous, 12-foot rotating masterpiece grows larger and more spectacular each year. Inspired by a French Chateau from Chef Houdre's hometown of Bordeaux, it weighs more than 1200 pounds and features more than 20 grand circular towers, approximately 30 rooms, and illuminated windows. The sensational centerpiece is surrounded by silver sugar trees, stars, and snowflakes made out of pastillage, chocolate balls in brilliant colors, and elves constructed out of marzipan. The Sugar Castle will be on display Nov. 24 through Jan. 3.