20 CommentsFestive Season, Photography, Travel
Road trip to Frankenmuth in December
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Frankenmuth, Michigan is one of our favourite road trip destinations. The area, known as “Little Bavaria”, was settled and named in 1845 by conservative Lutheran immigrants from the Roßtal area of Franconian Germany. In addition to the charming ambience and picturesque landscaping, Frankenmuth is home to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the self-proclaimed “World’s Largest Christmas Store”. It’s open all year, but what better time to visit than December, when the whole town is ablaze with lights? That’s exactly what we did in 2016. Much to my delight, they also had a small, but interesting German Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) happening over the weekend.

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The Town of Frankenmuth:

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Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland:
[All Christmas, all year-round, including lights!]

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Do you enjoy festive light displays?
Are you in a holiday mood yet?
Have you ever been to Frankenmuth?

Looking forward to your comments!

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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as "The Doglady". Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal "hippie/rockchick". Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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  1. DEBBIE ~
    I meant to comment on this post days ago but, you know, as the song says: “It’s The Most Busiest Time Of The Year!”

    I have never been to Frankenmuth but have wanted to visit there for a very long time. I used to receive Christmas catalogs from Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland — back in, like, the late-’80s or early-’90s — and I’ve ordered a couple things from them. I have always wanted to go there but, alas, it will probably never happen at this stage in my life.

    Back in The Day, we had a Bronner’s-like place in Pasadena called Stats. It’s been sold and changed since The Day, but it’s the biggest Christmas store I’ve ever been in. Totally, totally loved Stats! So I can just imagine how much I’d adore Bronner’s, which is apparently Stats on tons of steroids and HGH.

    Unlike the Bumble Snowmonster of the North, I’m crazy about everything to do with Christmas.

    Is there any chance of a person being able to purchase a candy cane anywhere in Frankenmuth, MI.? I won’t go unless I can get a candy cane. :^)

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents ‘Battle Of The Bands’

    1. You would absolutely LOVE Bronner’s, Stephen. 😀 The range of items available is staggering! it’s a long drive from Reno (~2200 miles), but that could be a fun road trip. I’m sure they have candy canes, too. Thanks for dropping in and Happy New Year!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the tour, Birgit. Christmas in Germany is wonderful. I hope you get to go there and see for yourself. 🙂 Frankenmuth offers a little taste but on a much smaller scale. Thanks for coming by and Happy New Year!

  2. Hey Debbie,

    What beautiful pictures! I love to drive around and look at all the Christmas lights in town. We do have several places that do what we call a Winterfest of Lights. I’ve been to them before and just loved it. It really gets you into the Christmas spirit!

    Thank you for sharing yours with us! I hope you and your hubs have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  3. This Bronner looks like the very best place to be, now or any time even. Frankenmuth is exceptional, too!

    Merry Christmas, Debbie, to you and all your fine friends and family, and wishing you all a magnificent new year, as well.

    1. Happy New Year, Myke! 🙂 I hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas. Bronner’s is huge and quite a sight. The town of Frankenmuth has much to offer, year-round. Beautiful landscaping in summer!

    1. Frankenmuth is beautiful year-round. Gorgeous landscaping in the summer! The Christmas lights in December (the store has them on all year), especially along the lake, make it so festive! Happy New Year, Janie. Thanks for dropping in.

  4. What a wonderful visit you seem to have had. I love festival lights too especially those put up by shops to attract visitors with their imaginative decorations and themes. I’ve never been to Canada leave alone Frankenmuth but have heard a lot about the Christmas Markets in Europe and would like to visit one some time in the future. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

    1. We love those holiday light displays, too. 🙂 Frankenmuth’s aren’t nearly as spectacular as Niagara Falls’, but still pretty. Yes, European Christmas markets are awesome. This one was just a tiny taste. Happy New Year to you and thanks for coming by. Cheers!

  5. Do you enjoy festive light displays? Yes, but sadly don’t drive in search of them as we used to.
    Are you in a holiday mood yet? This is the least holiday mood I think I’ve ever been in. Too many traditions have just died on the vine.
    Have you ever been to Frankenmuth? No, but have heard plenty about their Christmas displays.

    May the Good Lord bless your Christmas and New Years.

    1. Happy New Year, Chris! Sorry for my absence. I’m having a hard time getting back into blogging mode. Thanks for dropping in, though. I’ll be by to see what you’ve been up to, soon!

  6. Hi Debbie, I have not been there. I do like Christmas lights as long as it’s not a month or more in advance of the holidays 🙂
    I hope to visit that area some day, it looks beautiful! Enjoy your holidays Debbie.

    1. Happy New Year, Lisa! 🙂 You would like Frankenmuth. It has gorgeous landscaping in summer and that fabulous light display in December. A year-round delight! Thanks for dropping in.