Read the four reasons why you should plan a visit this year and make shopping Frankenmuth ChristKindlMarkt a family tradition every year after.

1. Vendors Galore Outdoors

Modeled after the traditional outdoor markets in Frankenmuth’s sister city of Gunzenhausen and Germany, the Frankenmuth Farmers Market transforms their outdoor pavilion – used in the Summer for their open air produce market – into a mini Christmas village. Dozens of vendors line the pavilion grounds in booths lit by warm white lights. Offering everything from candle melts and wreaths, to wood cutting boards, hot sauce, and anything in between, you’re sure to find a handmade, heartfelt gift among the vendors at Frankenmuth ChristKindlMarkt for your family and friends.

If you’re looking for fresh greens for your home this holiday season, select from a variety of wreaths, birch boxes, and more right inside the Gathering Barn.

Frankenmuth ChristKindlMarkt opens the day after Thanksgiving each year and continues for the two weekends following: November 26-28, December 3-5, and December 10-12. You can shop with this selection of specialty vendors from around Michigan Friday & Saturday from 11am–8pm, and Sunday from 11am–4pm.

2. Sip and Stroll

Once you’ve arrived at the Market grounds, make sure to head into the golden Gathering Barn to step into the “Christmas Town Pub,” a pop-up bar especially for ChristKindlMarkt. Here, you can choose from two homemade drinks to keep you toasty while you shop: A delicious hot cocoa, complete with Market-made marshmallows, topped with a generous helping of whipped cream. And for those looking for something with a little more “spice,” look no further than the Market’s signature warm Glüwein, a hot spiced wine enjoyed seasonally in Germany. Guests can also sip a bottle of Frankenmuth Brewery’s Christmas Town Ale at the pub, along with other domestic favorites and pop. The best part of it all? You can take your drink out into the pavilion to enjoy while you shop the market.

Take home a keepsake from the Frankenmuth Farmers Market or the Frankenmuth ChristKindlMarkt with the souvenir thermal cup. Buy the cup, and they fill it up with the drink of your choosing! Only $25.

3. Homemade Delights

The Frankenmuth Farmers Market is known for its eclectic dinner experiences and weekly food offerings in their online store, so of course, the ChristKindlMarkt would be no different! Prepared fresh in their Artisan Kitchen each day, guests to the holiday market can enjoy a variety of concessions made from scratch or sourced from local shops in Frankenmuth, like Willi’s Sausage Co. Step up to the Christmas Town Pub bar to order a hot Bratwurst or Italian Sausage topped with sauerkraut and peppers and onions, or warm up with a hearty cup of “Not So Chilly Chili” or Frankenmuth Chicken Noodle Soup. For those just looking for small treats, grab a bag of freshly popped popcorn, or slices of Butter Crust Bakery bread with Market-made butter.

4. Fun with Friends & Family

When you roll up to the Frankenmuth ChristKindlMarkt – either by driving yourself or getting off of the Frankenmuth Holiday Shuttle in front of the market – you’ll be greeted by a decoration of the big man in red inside a life size snow globe. Grab your friends and head inside to get a photo of this unique experience. Don’t forget to join in the Frankenmuth Stop & Snap Challenge, where visiting holiday points-of-interest throughout town can earn you a prize.

Once inside the barn, you’ll meet Santa Claus himself, ready to greet kids and kids at heart with a smile. Make sure to tell him what you want for Christmas so he can tell his elves back at the North Pole! Find a table inside the barn after your visit with St. Nick to enjoy hot cocoa and soup with your favorite people by your side.

Holiday music fills the air throughout the entire pavilion, creating a magical shopping affair as you peruse the wares of the vendors throughout. The Frankenmuth Gemütlichkeit is also known to make an appearance, serenading guests with their holiday tunes in both English and German.

And if you’re lucky, a mild snow will fall while you’re there, rounding out a perfect holiday experience!

Looking for a gift for someone on your list? Look no further than Frankenmuth ChristKindlMarkt. Open each year the weekend following Thanksgiving, make this a holiday tradition that your family enjoys for years to come.

Learn more about Frankenmuth ChristKindlMarkt at https://www.frankenmuthfarmers...

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Frankenmuth CVB

The Frankenmuth Convention & Visitors Bureau is a destination marketing organization, promoting tourism to Michigan's Little Bavaria.