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Incredible gingerbread houses we just want to live in

The bakers showed off flair and creativity with these extravagantly-engineered gingerbread structures.
The bakers wowed the judges with show-stopping gingerbread creations. (The Great Canadian Baking Show)

The five final bakers engineered extravagant gingerbread structures in the holiday baking episode of The Great Canadian Baking Show (Wednesdays at 8 p.m. / 8:30 NT on CBC). 

1. Vandana's Gingerbread Treehouse

Vandana Jain had always wanted to build a treehouse for her son in their backyard. "But I have no idea how to make an actual treehouse," said the baker from Regina. "So I thought I'd make a gingerbread treehouse!" The judges loved the attention to detail in Vandana's baked treehouse. Judge Bruno said, "I just want to become very, very, very small, jump into the garden and start to play around." (The Great Canadian Baking Show)

2. Linda's Gingerbread Barn

Linda Longson had paving, tiling, and even lighting in her wintery gingerbread scene. The baker from High River, Alta., surprised herself and impressed the judges with her above-and-beyond first attempt at incorporating tiny electrical lights along the outside of her gingerbread barn. "Linda did an exceptional job and she knew it," Judge Rochelle said." She was so chuffed with herself for pulling off this grand illumination." (The Great Canadian Baking Show)

3. James' Gingerbread Eco-Home

James Hoyland's gingerbread eco-home featured working solar panels built into the roof. The physics professor from Richmond, BC, built the panels himself to provide lighting for the interior of the house. Judge Bruno said, "What I like about this is you can teach about the importance of saving, sharing, thinking about the future, and that's a beautiful story for me." (The Great Canadian Baking Show)

4. Sabrina's Gingerbread Rockefeller Center

Sabrina Degni went big for her gingerbread creation, recreating a New York City landmark. The Montreal baker captured the holiday spirit with a decorated Christmas tree and candy sugar skating rink. (The Great Canadian Baking Show)

5. Terri's Gingerbread Dream Home

Terri Thompson has always wanted to buy an old farmhouse where she could give rescued animals a home. She got to play architect when she put together this gingerbread version of her dream home — an animal sanctuary (with chocolate shingles). (The Great Canadian Baking Show)