You'll enjoy the magic of Christmas year-round at this quaint village that seems to have jumped from the pages of a German fairy tale. Downtown shops and restaurants have a Bavarian theme -- right down to the old-fashioned candy shops and restaurants with lederhosen-clad servers. A 35-bell carillon housed in a glockenspiel tower rings throughout the day and reenacts the story of the Pied Piper with carved wooden figures that move about on tracks.
The town's best-known attraction is Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. It's the world's largest Christmas store, welcoming two million guests each year from all over the world. Visitors are greeted by a 17-foot-tall Santa and the country's largest year-round lighted outdoor Christmas display. The store is the size of several football fields and contains thousands of ornaments, nativity sets from miniature to life-size, and just about every other type of Christmas item you can possibly imagine. From June through December, it snows for two minutes every half hour in Bronner's west lobby.
Address: Convention and Visitors Bureau, 635 S. Main St., Frankenmuth, MI
Hours of Operation: varies
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