December 23, 2012 – A Town Called Christmas
Well, not really called Christmas – it just might as well be. This is the town of Frankenmuth, Michigan’s little Bavaria. People from all over the world come to visit this place, especially for it’s Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland. Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland is a retail store in Frankenmuth, Michigan that is the “World’s Largest Christmas Store.” Designed with an Alpine architecture and operating year-round, the building is 7.35 acres (29,700 m²) in size with landscaped grounds covering 27 acres (109,000 m²). Outside the entrance are three 17-foot (5 m) tall outdoor Santas and a 15-foot (5 m) tall snowman. Inside, there are approximately 800 animated figurines at various locations throughout the store. Bronner’s parking lot can accommodate up to 1,080 cars and 50 buses. Some 100,000 lights illuminate Bronner’s half-mile (800 m) long Christmas Lane in the evening. Michigan designated Bronner’s as an “Embassy for Michigan Tourism” in 1976. Bronner’s employs over 500 people during the holiday season (between October and Christmas).
I live not half an hour from this place and for some reason never visited the store, so today I decided to just drive here and snapped a few pictures.