Frankenmuth Christmas: Visit Michigan’s Christmas Town
Looking to a visit a cool Christmas destination in Michigan to rev up your holiday spirit? Look no farther than Frankenmuth, Michigan, where it’s Christmas all year-round, and even more Christmas-y during the holidays.
There is really no better place for holiday spirit than this charming small town in mid-Michigan, that glows with good cheer and holiday fun. From the elaborate Christmas light displays to the fairytale-like Glockenspiel Tower, a Frankenmuth Christmas is a Hallmark movie come to life.
What better way to celebrate the season than with a quick family vacation or romantic getaway to Frankenmuth, MI?
Whether you’re looking for a brief respite with your kids during the holiday school break or even thinking about spending Christmas in Frankenmuth, you’ll find an opportunity for a Merry Christmas in Michigan’s own Little Bavaria.
Read on to learn more about Christmas in Frankenmuth, MI.
Michigan Christmas Things to DO: Visit A Michigan Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, MI
We love to visit this charming little mid-Michigan town, rich with German heritage and a heavy sprinkling of Christmas spirit during the winter holidays; it truly is ground zero for pure Michigan holiday fun.
As Christmas towns go, the city of Frankenmuth is truly unique: a mix of fun activities for both families (think indoor water parks and petting farms) and couples (think romantic horse-drawn carriage rides through streets twinkling with pretty Christmas lights).
Here’s how to have your very Hallmark Christmas in Michigan.
Where to Stay on Your Christmas in Frankenmuth Holiday
You’ll find a variety to stay in Frankenmuth, but we usually alternate between the Bavarian Inn Lodge, Zehnder’s Splash Village, and the Marv Herzog Hotel and the banks of the picturesque Cass River. These hotels are so comfortable and full of amenities, you almost don’t have to leave.
The Bavarian Inn, also on the Cass River, you’ll find seven acres of family fun, including mini-golf and an indoor water park complete with water slides, lazy rivers, and family raft rides. You’ll also find a restaurant serving world-famous chicken dinners and a fun place to shop, the Castle Shops boutiques,
It’s a family favorite, especially for the delicious, on-premise bakeshop, whose cinnamon and vanilla scents waft over the entire place.
We stayed at Zehnder’s Splash Village and Hotel the last time we visited Frankenmuth. It’s the largest indoor water park in Frankenmuth (over 50,000 square feet of aquatic fun), so it’s a good base if you plan to spend a lot of time indoors during your getaway.
The Marv Herzog is our favorite choice for a romantic getaway: it’s a smaller accommodation with only 38 rooms, and the lovely atmosphere and gorgeous location on the riverfront are undeniably enchanting.
Things to Do on Your Frankenmuth Christmas Getaway
Explore Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland
The first stop should be Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store, located at 25 Christmas Lane (of course). You’ll find seven acres of Christmas decor and Christmas ornaments of all shapes and size.
Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland always has a wonderful Santa (in case anyone wants to visit with him). If you have young ones with you, you’ll want to make it a point to stop here.
Visit Santa’s Reindeer Farm at Grandpa Tiny’s Farm
This historical working farm has lambs goats, bunnies, chicks, and more. During the Christmas season, you can even visit Santa’s reindeer. If you visit before Christmas, be sure to bring a letter to Santa if you haven’t mailed it yet.
Stroll the River Place Shops
The Frankenmuth River Places Shops, a Bavarian-themed outdoor mall, is a unique collection of 40 boutiques, cafes, and attractions that will keep you busy all day long.
We love the mix of Michigan specialty stores (like the Cherry Republic), fun attractions (like the Mirror Maze) for kids, and other shops. Don’t let the cold temperatures deter you: the cobblestone streets are heated in the winter, and the beautiful Christmas trees make this spot glow all season long.
You’ll find a gorgeous light display, too, that makes this spot even more special in the winter. There’s two spots we love here that you won’t want to miss.
Zac and Mac’s Chocolate Haus offers a wide range of unique homemade confections including peppermint mocha caramels and rich, creamy sipping chocolate. Crepe DuJour has delicious, made-to-order crepes, coffees and espresso that will make you feel like you just might be in Paris instead of mid-Michigan.
Learn the Tale of the Pied Piper at the Glockenspiel Tower
Located outside The Bavarian Inn, this 50-foot-tall bell tower is more than 50 years old and features 35 bells. In addition to the bells, you’ll also find an illuminated clock and see a beautiful figurine movement that tells the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
Imported from Germany, the bells can be heard for miles around when their chimes ring out. It’s quite pretty, so be sure to bring your camera for this.
Take a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around town to see the beautiful Christmas light displays. The beautiful twinkling lights against the dark, silent night sky make for a memorable Christmas experience.
Check Out the Frankenmuth Cheese Haus
The Cheese Haus is a Frankenmuth must: in addition to a wide variety of both imported and domestic cheese, you’ll find Chocolate Cheese. It’s a favorite, and we’re pretty sure you’ll join the legions of others (like us) who love this sweet treat.
Walk the Holz-Brucke Covered Bridge
A Frankenmuth at Christmas is special, and a walk or drive this magical, wooden bridge makes it even more so.
The Holz-Brucke bridge is a two-lane, two-sided covered bridge completely made of wood and it spans the Cass River. Whether you cross it in the day or at night, when it is lit up by twinkling lights, this pretty bridge is a Frankenmuth landmark.
Breakfast at Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Oma’s Restaurant, part of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, has a breakfast like no other: German Potato Pancakes and Banana Nut Bread French Toast; Belgian Waffles and Bavarian Eggs Benedict…these are just a few of the mouth-wateringly delicious morning offerings. We recommend visiting more than once during your stay.
Try Some Michigan Craft Beer at Frankenmuth Brewery
You haven’t lived until you’ve tried the Buffalo Chicken Rolls at this 150-year-old brewery on the Cass River. It’s not only America’s oldest microbrewery, but it also offers great food and some stunning waterfront views of the Cass River.
The brewery has been perfecting the craft of great beer since 1862 and offers at least 15 options on tap to try year-round.
Check out our guide on the best Michigan craft breweries.
Celebrate YOUR Christmas in Frankenmuth
Our Christmas getaway to Frankenmuth, Michigan is one of our favorite holiday memories…we hope you can use these things to do to make some wonderful Christmas memories, too.
If you’re looking for more fun Christmas things to do in Michigan, you’ll find them here.
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