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Anna Polyviou’s Giant Gingerbread Carousel Takes Centre Stage at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

December 2, 2019 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

Join the Christmas Carnival and revel in the joyous spectacle of Executive Pastry Chef Anna Polyviou’s giant gingerbread carousel, festive high tea and treats at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, from 29 November 2019 to 5 January 2020.

The Punk Princess of Pastry and her team of elves have worked around the clock to deliver the merriest of sweet art craftsmanship, combining 750 kilos of gingerbread, 300 kilos of lollies and 100 kilos of royal icing.

Life’s a merry-go-round for festive revellers who will delight in the magical carousel’s vintage horses, rotating bauble towers, giant striped candy canes, sparkling reindeer, colourful lights, and a jolly Santa sitting on top of a chimney.

“I love Christmas and I love carnival carousels from my childhood, so I decided to combine both and create the most epic gingerbread carousel, Christmas Carnival and festive high tea that Sydney has ever seen,” Polyviou said.


Did someone say high tea beside the Christmas tree? My, what an elegant festivity!

Delight in three tiers of tempting treats by Anna Polyviou.  Show-stopping desserts include Christmas Bauble, Santa’s Cherry Pie, Tropi-cola Trifle, Presents Under The Tree, scrumptious savouries and the fluffiest scones.

The Festive High Tea is available at the Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, from 29 November 2019 to 5 January 2020, from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m., 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  The Festive High Tea is priced at $65 per person and $35.00 per child (5 to 11 years old).  To make a reservation, guests may visit, send an email to or call (61 2) 9250 6255.


The whimsical merry-go-round and pop-up store will be open daily at the Lobby Lounge from 7 a.m. from 29 November 2019 to 5 January 2020.

The store will be brimming with festive treats to buy, such as Polyviou’s renowned Mini Gingerbread Lolly Bag Houses, priced at $65 each.  Gingerbread Ninjas and Mohawks will be available at $10.00 (six pieces), Fruit Mince Tarts at $14.00 (six pieces), Christmas Puddings at $48 each, Caramelised Christmas Logs at $65 each, and Berried Trifles at $95 each.

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