Once upon a time an enchanted Bavarian Village was born in Frankenmuth Michigan and twas dusted with Christmas cheer. Christmas and Frankenmuth often go hand in hand as they house Bronners which is not only the “biggest Christmas store in the world” but open year round.
We set out to this magical Bavarian Village on Black Friday. It was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and made Black Friday shopping enjoyable. The outdoor shopping plaza had shops for everyone to enjoy. Boutiques, bakery, toys, jewelry, clothes, and more. Many one of a kind shops with one of a kind items. The Village transforms you into another country with breathtaking architecture. The sounds and sights of Frankenmuth are both atypical and exceptional.
The entire plaza was decorated with cardboard cutouts, 8 foot nutcrackers, and Christmas decor in every direction. Trees were trimmed and lights shined bright.
After exploring and shopping we decided to have lunch at the Bavarian Inn. The Bavarian Inn transforms you into a German like style cabin. This lodge not only has two restaurants but an arcade, pool, hot tub, and mini golf.
We opted for the downstairs cafe which was a bit more kid friendly than the upstairs dining. As downstairs had Nonstop kid activities such as the pool (lodge guests only), arcade, mini golf, and cafe. The cafe was ever so conveniently located next to a bar which had many options to quench the adults thirst.
We ordered a pizza and the kids played on stage. Yes that’s right a stage! The stage was equipped with a piano, hula hoops, even a tv. Our starving children ate but only a few bites of pizza as they were having too much. On our way out we even ran into a Santa that was visiting guests at the lodge. Santa being Santa stopped and spoke with our children, gave them a candy cane each, and took pictures!
After our late lunch we headed back to the river shops. A beautiful bridge takes you directly back to the shops. Of course we stopped and admired the beautiful sunset as the backdrop of the Inn before crossing.
There was a live band at the shops, free hot chcocolate, and cookies all in preparation of the tree lighting!
We couldn’t go to Frankenmuth without stopping at Bronners. Before we headed home we stopped at the shop. Anything and everything Christmas! What a sight! The store is sectioned off as it makes it easier to find specific items. There were plenty of cashiers available on all ends of the store.
Santa was there as well! Two encounters with Santa in one day? Oh my! We were able to sign up at the entrance and visitors were sectioned into groups with names such as Rudolph, holly etc. Once you received your name tag you were free to look around the store until your group was called. Once your group was called it was little to no time before we saw the big man himself.
The line to Santa was complete with decor and a tv playing a Christmas movie en route. Santa not only did free pictures but took his time with each child. At the end of the visit complimentary ornaments saying “Jesus loves you” we’re given to the children.
Frankenmuth was a bit of a drive for us but worth every mile.