To help make your planning easier, take a look at this sample 3 day, 2 night itinerary!


Start your trip in Michigan’s Little Bavaria with a Step on Guide Tour of Frankenmuth. (Allow 1 hour)

Now Fill up on a tasty lunch at Slo Bones BBQ Smokehaus, T-Dub's, or Davinci’s Italian Restaurant, before preparing for an afternoon full of adventure. (Allow 1.5 hours)

Next head on over to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland to begin your Christmas shopping! The World’s largest Christmas store is sure to put the whole group in the Christmas spirit. (Allow 1.5-2 hours)

Keep those shopping shoes on and head downtown. Main Street is full of shops, boutiques, and one-of-a-kind stores that are the perfect place to cross off some of the people on your shopping list. (Allow 1.5 hours)

After shopping, gather your group around the table for a family style feast. At the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, you can experience the flavors of the Holiday season and World Famous Chicken! (Allow 2 hours)

Finish up day one by rocking around the Christmas tree! The 7 minute music and light show on the beautiful 40ft tree in downtown Frankenmuth is a crowd-favorite. (Allow 30 minutes)


Begin Day two with a tour at the Michigan Heroes Museum. (Allow 1 hour)

Then head over to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant for a little more history - this time your group will be learning about the history of the pretzel! The hands-on pretzel rolling class is a group favorite! (For groups over 20 people, Allow 30 minutes)

Next up is shopping and lunch time! At the River Place Shops you’ll find over 30 stores - perfect for more Christmas shopping or souvenir shopping for yourself. (Allow 2-2.5 hours here for shopping and lunch on your own at one of the many tasty restaurants)

Next head to St. Julians Winery to taste some of the finest Michigan made Wines. This is the perfect place to pick up a bottle or two for any upcoming Holiday festivities! (Allow 45 minutes)

Tour a little more history at the Frankenmuth Historical Museum. Call ahead for a guided tour and add on hands-on Christmas activity after the tour is done. (Allow 30 minutes-1.5 hours, dependent on tour and activity)

Enjoy a delicious dinner and riverfront views at The Frankenmuth Brewery. (Allow 1.5 hours)

Wrap up night number two with a Christmas light tour through Michigan’s Little Bavaria. Begin by heading to Christmas Lane and the Bronner’s Silent Night Chapel. Then take your group on the driving light tour beginning at the South end of town. Map with route and interactive story can be picked up from the Visitor’s Center. (Allow 1.5 hours)

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Start your last day with a stop at the Frankenmuth Clock Company. Keep track of time this Holiday season with one of the special Christmas clocks they have! (Allow 45 minutes)

Before leaving Frankenmuth, tour St.Lorenz Church to view the beautiful stained glass windows that tell the story of Frankenmuth. (Allow 1 hour)


From the moment your group arrives in Frankenmuth, the magic of Christmas can be seen in the lights, tasted in the food, and felt in the air. It is a trip that is sure to make memories that last a lifetime.

For more information in regards to this itinerary, group reservations, and Christmas activities, please contact our Director of Operations & Service at 989-652-6106 or
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The Frankenmuth Convention & Visitors Bureau is a destination marketing organization, promoting tourism to Michigan's Little Bavaria.