New Year’s Eve in Frankenmuth

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be so overwhelming. Making sure the turkey is perfect, the Christmas shopping is done and the tree is up in time. But New Year’s Eve is a special time to relax and reflect on the past year. Possibly, even set a few resolutions for the year ahead. So, if you are looking to do something special with your crew, or simply end the year with a romantic getaway, Frankenmuth has a few ideas in store for you. 

1.) Start with a little shopping

You can’t come to Frankenmuth and not do a little shopping. Most of our stores will be open in town on New Year’s Eve, and you do not want to miss those after-Christmas markdowns! River Place Shops will be open from 10am – 6pm on New Year’s Eve and closed on New Year’s Day. Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland will be open from noon ’til 5:30pm on New Year’s Eve and will be closed on New Year’s Day.

2.) Pop some corks

New Year’s Eve just isn’t the same without a little bubbly… or a dry red, or a cold craft beer, or whatever libations you desire. In Frankenmuth, we got you covered there! If wines suit your fancy, enjoy a tasting at St. Julian’s, Modern Craft, FunShips, Cherry Republic and Black Star Farms. Or if you are more of a beer drinker, enjoy brews that can only be found at the Frankenmuth Brewery and Lager Mill. View our full list of fun places to stop for a drink here.

3.) Take a romantic carriage ride

We have two wonderful carriage companies in town ready and waiting to whisk you away. Taking a carriage ride in the winter, while the snow is quietly falling all around is so peaceful and romantic. If you go in the evening, you will see all of the beautiful Christmas lights still up lining the streets. Choose between the Fantasy Carriage Company (white carriages that are parked outside of Zehnder’s) or the Frankenmuth Carriage Company (black carriages parked outside of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant).

4.) Special dinner reservations

Whether you are looking for a cozy and comfortable booth for two at Tiffany’s or Slo Bone’s BBQ Smokehaus, something a little more classic like Prost! Wine Bar and Charcuterie or The Old Christmas Station, or even something unique like Wang’s Bistro or Szechuan House, Frankenmuth will not disappoint! There’s plenty of restaurants to stop in from the cold and eat a hot meal.

5.) Stay the whole weekend

The view from our hotel room 🏊🏽 #indoorpool #pretty #frankenmuth #bavarianinn

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From vacation townhouses you can rent for the whole weekend and bed and breakfasts to indoor water parks, staying in Frankenmuth has never felt so magical. We have 8 hotels to choose from right in the downtown area. So you can easily walk to your favorite shops and restaurants. And for the hotels that are a bit further away, there are shuttles to make your quick journey a breeze!

6.) See a Comedy Show

The Comedy Series is bringing a barrel of laughs to your NYE plans this year. Grab your cooler and get ready to laugh your way to 2018.  Melissa Hagar, Mike Greeter and Matt McClowry are sure to keep you in stitches as you ring in the new year. The show begins at 7pm at Fischer Hall, BYOB. Tickets available here.

7.) Attend a party


Prost! Wine Bar and Charcuterie formally invites you to ring in the New Year with style and class! This is an encore intimate dinner party with glitz, glam, champagne and dancing. So put on your best suit or sparkly dress and start the countdown! Limited Tickets Available.

Frankenmuth Brewery NYE party

The Frankenmuth Brewery is throwing a Speakeasy Themed New Years Party and you are invited! Dinner reservations can be made from 7pm – 8:45pm, have a champagne toast at midnight, and a late-night pizza buffet. There will be a fully-stocked bar with Speakeasy-themed drinks as well as Frankenmuth brews, of course!

Start 2015 off right by celebrating New Year's Eve at the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge! Whether you're looking to…

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The Bavarian Inn Lodge has two different New Year’s Eve parties to choose from! The NYE Adult Gala includes a cash bar and all-star gourmet dinner. There will be music and dancing as well as karaoke and party hats to top it off. Bavarian Inn Lodge also offers a Family Celebration where Willy the Dragon will be available for photos in the Family Fun Center and kids can play putt-putt golf, build their own sundaes and enjoy the pool. Guests can attend in addition to an overnight room, or separately!

World famous chicken dinners 💁🏻😋

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The Bavarian Inn Restaurant is hosting a Grimm’s Fairytale-themed Murder Mystery Dinner. Tickets are still available, so call soon. Costumes are optional but not required! You can enjoy a delicious chicken dinner and a fun, interactive, mystery show.

Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark has a beautiful New Years Eve Celebration as well. When you book an overnight accommodation for New Year’s Eve you can also enjoy waterpark passes, a deluxe Prime Rib Dinner Buffet, Music and Dancing for all ages, face painting, a magic show and more. At the end of the night, enjoy fireworks under the stars which you can easily see through the water park’s atrium walls & ceiling.

Frankenmuth is magical anytime of year, but there’s just something special about the holidays! It’s not too late to plan your getaway or night out for New Year’s Eve. View our calendar for fun and festive events to celebrate, or find a place to dine at for an evening out.