If you like gingerbread houses—which of course you do, unless your heart is two sizes too small—you'll love the current display in the atrium at Le Parker Meridien hotel, which is in the midst of a holiday "Gingerbread Extravaganza." Pastry chefs from several area restaurants, including Casa Nonna, BLT Steak, and Gramercy Tavern all contributed houses for a fundraiser for City Harvest, the food rescue organization dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women and children. Our favorite, of course, is the Occupy the North Pole house, featuring protesters and, uh, a Swedish Phish phan grovelling for NYE tickets. Good luck, brah!

It's free to enter the hotel's atrium (located on 56th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues), but visitors are encouraged to donate a buck to City Harvest. It's not a complete self-sacrifice, however; that charitable dollar enters you into a raffle for a five night stay at the luxurious Parker Palm Springs. It also gets you a ballot to vote for the best house, with the winner announced on January 6th. We're assuming the victor gets to triumphantly eat all the other loser houses.