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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so enjoy it here in Frankenmuth! Michigan’s Little Bavaria is the perfect setting to get in the spirit of the holidays whether you’re shopping, dining, or just having fun!

German Christmas Songfest

When: December 1 at 3 p.m.

Where: St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, 1030 W. Tuscola Road, Frankenmuth, MI, 48734

Cost: Free-will offering

All are welcome to join in singing many favorite German carols and hearing German Bible readings of Advent and Christmas. This 27th annual one-hour “Weihnachts-Singfest” is organized by the Frankenmuth German Club and is hosted by St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.  About 200 residents and guests attend each year. A free-will offering will be gathered. After the Songfest, a tour of the church, log cabin, and museum will be available. The congregation was begun by Franconian immigrants in 1845 as a mission colony in the forest primeval, to share the gospel with Michigan’s Native Americans.

Frankenmuth ChristKindlMarkt

When: November 29 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

               November 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

               December 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: 635 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI, 48734

Cost: Free

Join the Frankenmuth Farmers Market in a festive celebration of the wonders of Christmas! This beautiful pop-up street market will be packed with troves of treasure and treats for kicking off your holiday season. Winding in and around Frankenmuth’s beautiful downtown you will find musicians, hot foods, entertainment, carriage rides and more!

Santa Claus Visits Bronner’s

When: November 29 thru December 24, 2019

Friday, 11/29: 9:15 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Mondays through Fridays: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

                                                  1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

                                                  5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Fridays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturdays: 9:15 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sundays: Noon to 5:30 p.m.

Special hours on Christmas Eve: 10 a..m. to 11:30 a.m.

                                                            1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, 25 Christmas Lane, Frankenmuth, MI, 48734

Cost: Free

Bring your camera and your wish list to Bronner’s! Because Santa is so busy on Christmas Eve, his visiting hours will end at 3 p.m. Bronner’s closes at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Please note that many children wish to see Santa on Saturdays and Sundays. Guests should anticipate a wait.

Matinee Dinner Show – Penny Gilley’s “A Country Christmas”

When: December 4 at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Where: Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Cost: Serving a hearty chicken plate meal at $45 per person includes: meal, show, milk, tea, coffee or fountain soft drink, tax & gratuity. Reservations & prepayment required. Be swept into the spirit of the Christmas season with A Country Christmas by Penny Gilley (from RFD-TV). Known as the talented “Sweetheart of Country Music,” Penny treats her audiences like a second family, which she did as she traveled all over the world entertaining US troops. Bring your whole family for a musical, energetic experience to start your holiday season.

Pretzel Rolling at Bavarian Inn

When: Every day at 2:30 p.m. (Excludes holidays)

Where: Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Cost: $6.49 per person. Two-hour advance notice and prepayment required.

Learn how to create piping hot pretzels just like the Bavarian Inn makes them. Bakers will walk you through the correct pretzel rolling techniques, then it’s your turn to give it a try! Perfect for families to experience together.

Frankenmuth Holiday Home Tour

When: December 7 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Where: Locations all around Frankenmuth.

Cost: $20 in advance

The Frankenmuth Women’s Club will host its annual Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, December 7. Four Frankenmuth area homes and Frankenmuth United Methodist Church will be decked out in Christmas finery for visitors to enjoy. Various home periods and architectural styles are featured. This year a light lunch is included at the church with ticket booklet purchase. Enter to win a door prize at each home. Also try your luck! Purchase a ticket to win a prize of your choice donated by various local businesses for the Red Door Raffle.

Holiday Wine Dinner

When: December 12 at 6:30 p.m. 

Where: Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Cost: $65 per person includes meal, listed wines, tax and gratuity. Reservations and prepayment required.

Come and enjoy a masterfully crafted menu, designed and prepared by Silver Plate Award Winner Chef Phil Fahrenbruch, CEC. Featuring wines from Trinchero Family Estates along with guest speaker Jody Holding.

Silent Night Sing Along at Silent Night Chapel at Bronner’s

When: December 24 from 3 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. 

Where: Bronner’s Silent Night Chapel, 25 Christmas Lane, Frankenmuth, MI, 48734

Cost: Free

Join a member of the Bronner family and guest guitarist in the Silent Night Memorial Chapel as they lead everyone in singing “Silent Night.” This peaceful assembly is the perfect way to remember why we celebrate the Christmas season. 

Lunch with the Ice Queen at Bavarian Inn Restaurant

When: December 30 at 11 a.m.

Where: Bavarian Inn Restaurant, 713 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI, 48734

Cost: $35 per person, includes luncheon, activities, tax, and gratuity.

Enjoy lunch with the Her Majesty, Snow Princess, Ice Harvester and Lovable Snowman! Activities include a magnificent show with all royal guests, photo opportunities, singing, dancing, a coloring page and a gift from the Ice Queen.

New Year’s Eve at the Bavarian Inn Lodge – Adult Gala 

When: December 31 from 6:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. 

Where: Bavarian Inn Lodge, 1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, Michigan, 48734

Cost: $90 per person

All Star Gourmet Dinner

6:45 p.m.. – 8:30 pm.


From the 50’s through today, from rock to country, they play music that everyone can dance to or just sit back and enjoy. 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.


Party favors, dinner, entertainment, dancing, wine, a champagne toast and soup buffet at midnight, New Year’s Day breakfast buffet the following morning, and all taxes and gratuities.

This package may be combined with any guestroom!


New Year’s Eve at the Bavarian Inn Lodge – Family Celebration

When: December 31 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: Bavarian Inn Lodge, 1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, Michigan, 48734

Cost: $70 for adults, $43 for children 2 – 12 years old, free for children under 2 years old


5:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.


9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

Guests with early dinner seating will have early breakfast seating and guests with late dinner seating will have a late breakfast seating.


Glow into the New Year with a necklace for each person. Enjoy party favors, interactive dances, and a global countdown into the New Year. Bring your camera – Willy the Dragon will be available for photos! New Year’s dinner buffet & breakfast buffet and all taxes and gratuities included.


Entertainment in the Courtyard: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Karaoke in the Ratskeller: 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Entertainment in the Ratskeller: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.


New Year’s Eve Dueling Pianos Dinner Show

When: December 31 at 6 p.m.

Where: Bavarian Inn Restaurant, 713 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI, 48734

Cost: $60 per person includes hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet surf & turf meal, delicious dessert, champagne toast, fun entertainment, party favors, photo opportunities and more!

Enjoy two sharp-witted, incredibly talented musicians with pianos for an evening of fast, energetic and unforgettable interactive entertainment! A cash bar is available all evening. 

Reservations and prepayment required.

Zehnder’s Snowfest

When: January 22 through January 27, 2020

Where: Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, 730 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI, 48734

Cost: Free to attend

Zehnder’s Snowfest has been host to one of the top snow sculpting events in North America for the past 28 years. Visitors have enjoyed larger-than-life snow sculptures and beautifully detailed ice carvings each year.

Zehnder’s Snowfest 2020 will again dazzle and excite you with snow and ice sculptures created by professional ice and snow carvers from around the world.

Zehnder’s Snowfest is also host to the National Collegiate Ice Carving Championship and the High School Snow Sculpting Competition.

In addition, Zehnder’s Snowfest will have entertainment for the entire family in the warming tent, a fireworks display, petting zoo and children’s activities. Plan now to attend Zehnder’s Snowfest 2020!


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