BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The most anticipated event of the holiday season is just days away. The Festival of Trees kicks off on Friday. As part of the fun, Kennedy Krieger asked WJZ to decorate gingerbread houses for their fundraiser.

Mary Bubala has more.

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It’s the sweetest season. Just ask WJZ weekend anchor Linh Bui. Somehow some of the candy did land on the amazing gingerbread creation she and WJZ Meteorologist Chelsea Ingram worked on together.

“We had an idea to make a Christmas in July theme, but it turned out to be more of a beach theme,” Ingram said. “But we did add some snowmen and it looks like snow on our little tiki hut here.”

Their tropical theme includes a palm tree made out of gum, brown sugar for the sand—along with candy bananas–and the ladies hit the waves on a frosted ocean.

Photo Gallery: WJZ Gingerbread Houses

It was a more traditional theme for Mary’s co-anchor, Kai Jackson. His gingerbread house celebrates his 20th anniversary at WJZ. His oldest daughter Grace and her friend Ella helped out again this year, but his youngest, Peri, was too busy. She didn’t have time.

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Mary had that issue, too–no help–and she needed it because she dropped her gingerbread house on the floor! Her little elves came along after she rebuilt it. It’s a coffee house with real coffee beans and biscotti for WJZ’s “Coffee With.”

All of the gingerbread houses are now at the Timonium Fairgrounds, ready to be judged at the Festival of Trees.

If the competition is anything like last year’s, we’re in trouble, but it’s fun to put them together for a great cause. They all benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

“It’s a really easy and small way to give back and make a big difference because people will be bidding on the gingerbread houses,” Ingram said. “So why not be involved in something so amazing?”

The Festival of Trees opens Friday and runs through Sunday at the Timonium Fairgrounds.

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