A Visit to Frankenmuth, MI

If you are thinking about Christmas but are not yet in the holiday spirit, a visit to Frankenmuth, known as “Michigan’s Little Bavaria” will surely put you in the spirit.

Frankenmuth is a city that has retained its German character from the original German immigrants who settled there. This charming city, with Bavarian style buildings, is home to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the famous year around Christmas store. This family run store is the size of 1.7 football fields.

Everything Christmas can be found at Bronner’s, including ornaments, lights, trees, outdoor décor, nativity scenes, Christmas stockings, garlands wreaths and Santa suits and accessories. It is truly an adventure in shopping, featuring over 50,000 trims and gifts. Over half of Bronner’s items sell for under $10.00 and two thirds sell for under $20.00.

Shoppers who feel overwhelmed by gift options can find solace in the Silent Night Memorial Chapel, a replica of Austria’s St. Nicholas Church, where the hymn “Silent Night” was first sung. A tape of various groups, singing “Silent Night” in several languages, plays continuously inside this peaceful venue.

Shopping at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland can take more than a day. Hours are: Mon. – Sat., 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Sun. – Noon to 9:00 pm.  If you plan to stay overnight or all weekend, you will find several lodging options and restaurants nearby, including the Bavarian Inn and Zehnder’s, both known for “Family Style” chicken dinners plus wonderful German fare.

Zehnder’s Marketplace, located in the lower level of the restaurant features a wonderful bakery with take home German favorites such as Springerle, Lebkuchen and Pfeffernuss cookies in addition to strudels and butterhorns. There are also gift shops offering wine, cheese, noodles, preserves and seasonings to a wide selection of unique accessories, culinary ware and  gift items . . .there is something for everyone on your gift list.

Frankenmuth is approximately a 1 hour drive from Clarkston. Take I-75 north to exit 136 and follow the signs to Frankenmuth. A visit to Frankenmuth is an experience you will long remember.

Link to Bronners

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