To celebrate the holiday season on the island, the San Luis Resort was abuzz as it resurrected a Galveston landmark — the Jetty Lighthouse. The resort and Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce unveiled the impressive 8-foot gingerbread lighthouse with a fun, free holiday event Nov. 12 in the San Luis Resort lobby.

The gingerbread replica was a seven-week joint effort of the resort’s engineering and culinary teams, led by Miguel Michel, pastry chef. Made of 100 pounds of gingerbread sheets, 50 pounds of powdered sugar, 75 pounds of dark chocolate, 50 pounds of brown sugar, 1,000 peppermint candies, 50 pounds of butter, 20 pounds of gummy bears and more than 100 candy canes, the impressive lighthouse is just one of the many ways the San Luis Resort is celebrating the holiday season.

Hayley Hardcastle covers the social scene in Galveston. Her column appears each Sunday. Contact her at with “Island Hopping” in the subject line.

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