S’mores roasting on an open fire, sunshine burning on your nose…

You may ask…But how can my hopeful, holiday heart live up to its fullest Christmas spirit in the summertime? Let Michigan’s Little Bavaria guide you through a Christmas journey in July…

Cool Off With A Hot Cocoa

Wake up to wind down from the heat and humidity of July. Start your day by stopping into our local coffee shops, Creation Coffee or Kaffee Haus. For some frosty flair, order yourself a frozen hot chocolate, peppermint iced tea, or mocha latte! Unless you’re not ready to beat the heat, spice things up with a chai latte!

Embark on an Elf Shopping Spree

Enjoy yourself downtown while activating the kiddos and checking things off the Christmas shopping list! How? Check out the Visitor Center, pick up some FREE Bavarian Bargain Coupon Books, and ask the front desk about the Frankenmuth Gnome Hunt! Did you know that Frankenmuth is home to over 40 gnomes? This hunt is an interactive adventure throughout our local businesses that is recommended and fun for all ages! Plus, it rewards you with a prize upon completion! While you are spotting the perfect gifts for under your tree in December, your kiddos will be searching for a collection of gnome friends to earn a Christmas-inspired prize.

Stop for a Stocking-Inspired Snack

Treat yourself to a snack not willing to be stashed up for the Christmas stockings. Frankenmuth’s very own Fudge Kitchen, Taffy Kitchen, Zak & Mac’s, and Rau’s Country Store have fudge, taffees, chocolates, toffees, and candies that will make you melt as quickly as a snowman on a hot, July afternoon. Seriously! Or, POP into Kernel Benny's, Frank's Muth, and the Popcorn Wagon for a specialty snack that won't be strung on the tree this time around.

Drive Down Winter Wonderland

Take a windows down, summer breeze kind of drive down Christmas Lane. Bask in the brightness of the sparkling lights while jamming out to your ‘Christmas in July Classics’ playlist. Make sure to see the Silent Night Memorial Chapel along the way! Oh, and remember to take photos of course!

Obsess Over Oodles of Ornaments

Continue the Christmas madness by strolling through candy-cane shaped, Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland. Wow yourself with the great array of ornaments. Find just the right summer ornament souvenir to epitomize your Frankenmuth Christmas in July experience!

Calm Your Christmas Evening

Cap the night off with a calming carriage ride by Fantasy Carriage Company or The New Frankenmuth Carriage Company through downtown and let the beauty of Michigan’s Little Bavaria settle your soul so that you can dream about your next adventure…

Looking ahead to this 2023 Christmas Season…lights and decor brighten up in mid-November, and the Christkindlmarkt shows throughout November and December. Also look forward to the Driving Light Tour, 3rd Frankenmuth Ice Rink season, and even more festive fun!

About the Author

Olivia Schmitt

Olivia Schmitt is the Communications & Website Manager for the Frankenmuth Convention & Visitors Bureau.