In Frankenmuth, Michigan, there resides one of the most wonderful places on Earth: Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland!
Frankenmuth is a pretty interesting town, known as “Michigan’s Little Bavaria”. There are tons of buildings done up in a Bavarian style and lots of little shops that sell candy, sausage, cheese and all kinds of trinkets. There’s also a “world famous” restaurant called Zehnder’s, which is ALWAYS full, with people coming from all over for their chicken dinners. Personally, I prefer boneless chicken, but apparently I’m in the minority because this restaurant is HUGE (having a gift store/bakery/cafeteria as well) and the line to get into the actual restaurant is usually out the door.
Anyway, the crown jewel for Frankenmuth, in my opinion, is Bronner’s. Can you imagine: a store so large and so filled with Christmas items of all kinds that YOU NEED A MAP just to find your way around? I’m not kidding! Just check out the PDF file to view the map yourself. It’s the Christmas lover’s dream come true. The Christmas music is blasting at all hours and there’s ornaments, trees, lights, those overly expensive Christmas porcelain towns, all kinds of collectibles, mugs, toys, candy, and advent calendars. You don’t even have to buy anything, it’s a Christmas theme park,
essentially, but without the rides and WITH the greatest mascots of all
– Santa Claus, Rudolph, Frosty and the gang!
I think I could be completely happy the rest of my life by moving to Frankenmuth and getting a job at Bronner’s at a stockboy.
Although we hit up the Christmas Wonderland early this year (mid-September…) and it was a kind of a warm day, you can never really go wrong by spending an afternoon at Bronner’s. We caught quite a winter storm here in the past 24 hours, so I can only
imagine how great the place must loook from the outside right now with
the Christmas lights on display.
Here’s a few pics of interest I made my fiancee capture. I was more of the directory and she did the camera work, you see.
The Travelocity Gnome greets you!
Old school Mickey! It hangs from the ceiling in a section of the store which is kinda set up like Santa’s workshop.
Not the best picture, but yes, they sell Reese’s Christmas Trees ALL YEAR ROUND.
Another pic from the workshop.
Soak it all in. Every part of the store is this bright and busy.
Well that’s enough of that. Just thought I’d share a the wonder of Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland! Want to see the of the pictures we took? Well, go check’em out on Flickr (I made the account just for this)!