Visitors from all over come in the winter to enjoy the glistening lights of Christmas Lane at Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland and the all-around festive spirit throughout town. Although Michigan’s Little Bavaria is well known for its holiday delights, guests should take time to embrace the JOY of the season before them as Autumn boasts its own charm in Frankenmuth.

The Frankenmuth Corn Maze is host to a gigantic 5-acre corn maze, petting zoo, and hayrides for the family. A tradition for many locals is also great for newcomers looking to start a different holiday custom in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Kids (and kids at heart) can become a “Farm Scene Investigator,” discovering what happened to Farmer Joe by looking for clues throughout the 2.5 miles of twisted trails within the maze! These a-maize-ing activities happen from late September until the weekend after Halloween.

What’s Fall without a big sack full of straw made to look like a person, adorning most of a shopping center and the majority of Downtown Main Street? Not Fall in Frankenmuth, that’s for sure! The Scarecrow Fest in Frankenmuth (which happens two consecutive weekends prior to Halloween) is a true showing of the spirit that is Fall! Visitors can enjoy activities such as pumpkin catapulting and trick or treating within the Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

If you need more fall fun and are looking for a memorable way to pick out your pumpkins this year, Grandpa Tiny's Farm is the place to be. Don't forget to grab a delicious donut with a cup of cider to end the afternoon. Or, consider heading north about 14 miles to experience Johnson’s Giant Pumpkin Farm where the kids can even ride a barrel train!

Getting ready for the upcoming holiday season with a trip to the World’s Largest Christmas Store? Consider a detour down Weiss Street (directly behind Bronner’s) to find the Frankenmuth Aerial Park tucked away in the trees. Explore the changing colors while zipping from tree to tree in a beautiful wooden climbing park.

When taking a break from the festivities for a world-famous chicken dinner at Bavarian Inn Restaurant or Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, make sure to check out the cleverly costumed scarecrows outside many of the local businesses and vote for your favorite! And speaking of eating, Fall is one of the best times to indulge at one of the two famous restaurants as they feature locally grown Blue Hubbard Squash as the seasonal vegetable and within their pumpkin pies, which are not only crowd favorites, but great ways to really celebrate the Fall harvest!

While the Annual Holiday Celebration, snow lined streets, and Christmas cheer will always echo throughout Michigan’s Little Bavaria during the holiday season, make sure to fall into Frankenmuth this Autumn for a whole new take on this popular German-themed destination in Michigan.

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