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Make the Season Merry with These Top Ideas for a Holiday Trip to Frankenmuth

Seeing festive streetscapes and Bavarian architecture aglow with twinkling lights, cuddling up on a cozy, horse-drawn carriage ride, or strolling a European-style holiday market with freshly roasted chestnuts and hot cocoa in hand — it’s simple to see why Time magazine named Frankenmuth one of the “9 Most Christmassy Towns in America”.

Whether you experience it all by holiday roadtripping to see Santa at the world’s largest Christmas store — or delighting in a Christmas concert inside Frankenmuth’s founding church — the magic of the season can be seen, heard, and felt, all throughout Frankenmuth!


Frankenmuth Christmas Traditions

Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland

Year-round — The world’s largest Christmas store and an epic experience any time of year, filled with wonder and joy from start to finish. Shop 50,000+ trims and gifts and over 8,000 styles of ornaments — all amidst 300+ decorated trees that line the showroom! Have your purchases personalized on-site — or signed by the artists themselves during special ornament signing events — and take a memorable trip down 25 Christmas Lane, illuminated by 100,000 twinkling lights, every night of the year.


Horse-drawn Carriage Rides

Year-round — Whether you start just south of Zehnder’s Restaurant with Fantasy Carriage Company or take off beneath the Glockenspiel Tower with Frankenmuth Carriage Company, soak in the sights of Frankenmuth at Christmastime on these festive and unforgettable rides along our decorated Downtown streets.


The Old Christmas Station Restaurant

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Year-round — A cozy, European-inspired, Christmas-themed eatery, tucked inside a former 1920s train station. Enjoy classic, European dishes from a variety of culinary traditions — Austrian, Swiss, and, of course, German — and browse a curated collection of antique German Christmas ornaments, vintage Christmas cookie cutters, and handcrafted figurines here.


Frankenmuth Christmas & Holiday Events

Zehnder’s Holiday How-To’s

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November 13 – 15, 2018 — Learning how to host a fabulous holiday party or baking up a sugar cookie platter that’ll double as an eye-catching, edible centerpiece — tackle your whole holiday to-do list in this series of hands-on classes that’ll have you prepping alongside the Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth pros! But, keep in mind: these holiday crash courses in cooking, baking, and entertaining are known to sell out fast!


Frankenmuth Christkindlmarkt

November 23 – 25 & November 30 – December 2, 2018 — Greenery and garlands to baked goods and handcrafted holiday decor — gift-giving dreams do come true at this festive, European-style, outdoor holiday market— tucked inside cozy, heated tents. Snack on freshly roasted chestnuts or sip just-brewed hot cocoa while you shop this very merry artisan marketplace.


Holiday Celebration & Candlewalk

November 23, 2018 — Enjoy cookies and hot cocoa while you stroll from Frankenmuth River Place Shops to the Frankenmuth Chamber Platz during this festive candlewalk, where you’ll see the lighting of the Tannenbaum and even give your kiddos the chance to visit with Santa!


Santa Claus Visits

November 23 – December 24, 2018 — Bring your little ones (and their wish lists!) to Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, where Santa will greet kids 10 and under inside a merry and magical setting.


Frankenmuth Annual Holiday Home Tour

December 1, 2018 — 16th Annual Frankenmuth Holiday Home Tour — featuring five homes decked out in their Christmas finery — plus a light lunch served inside St. John’s Lutheran Church.


Christmas at St. Lorenz Concerts

December 8 – 9, 2018 — Listen as the vocal, instrumental, and handbell choirs of St. Lorenz fill Frankenmuth’s founding church with the sounds of the season during their 68th annual celebration.


Bronner Family Sing Along

December 23, 2018 — Join in joyful song with a variety of Christmas carols, led by the Bronner family themselves inside Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland!


Silent Night Sing Along

December 24, 2018 — Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the song “Silent Night” during this peaceful, Christmas Eve gathering — led by a member of the Bronner family and a guest guitarist — inside the Silent Night Memorial Chapel.


Ornament Signing Events

Dates vary by event — Stop and shop during special ornament signing events to have your finds hand-signed by the artisans who crafted them — including favorites like Jacki Edwards and Teresa Thibault.


More Christmas & Holiday Events

Dates vary by event — Enjoy an Enchanted Christmas Luncheon at Bavarian Inn Restaurant or try one of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth’s holiday events —  like dining with Santa and Mrs. Claus or taking a family cookie decorating class together!


Meet the Blogger:

Blair Cook, a Great Lakes Bay native, is the Founder + Creative Director at Brandscape – a boutique creative company specializing in handspun, original content. Her favorite part? Sharing stories and travel tips about the Pure Michigan places she loves!