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Why you will love Christmas in Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth has it all. It’s a bold statement to make, but true! And Christmastime is when Frankenmuth really shines. The picturesque village offers an opportunity to “get away from it all,” while enjoying modern events in a place that feels of a different era.

Rediscover the magic

Has it been awhile since you’ve visited Frankenmuth? Rediscover your love of the Bavarian village this winter! From good eats to unique events, Frankenmuth is even more fabulous with Christmas decorations!


When it comes to decorations, Frankenmuth goes all out at Christmas time. From lampposts to storefronts, the village is aglow with Christmas cheer!

Dining & baked goods

At Bavarian Inn Lodge we have restaurants with many choices. From traditional German food to American comfort food. We even have selections for vegetarians, gluten-free diets, and guests with allergies.

Shopping: Unique gifts for all ages

There are many shopping opportunities in Frankenmuth. Bavarian Inn Lodge has shops just steps away from your room! You’ll find unique gifts for all ages and tastes. At Frankenmuth River Place Shops, you’ll find a complex of shops and attractions that make for an all-day excursion! You’ll cross off everyone on your list in one trip!


There are numerous events happening year round in Frankenmuth. Many of these events are conveniently happening at Bavarian Inn.

Events during the week of Christmas include:

Fenton Lakes Chorus

Saturday & Sunday, December 22 & 23, 1 – 4 p.m.  (Event runs every Saturday and Sunday from Nov 24 through Dec 23.)

Enjoy the tunes of four-part harmony barbershop-quartet styled music with this group of talented performers at Frankenmuth River Place Shops!

Santa Claus visits

Saturday & Sunday, December 22 & 23, 1 – 4 p.m.  (Event runs every Saturday and Sunday from Nov 24 through Dec 23.)

Don’t miss the chance to meet Santa at Frankenmuth River Place Shops!


Enchanted Christmas Luncheon

Thursday, December 27, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Dine in the presence of royalty! Stay for the princess show. Strike a pose for a photo opportunity. And don’t forget to bring home your gift! $35 per person. $50 VIP. Advance reservation and payment required. Call 800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941.

Activities include:

  • Christmas caroling with the princesses
  • A photo opportunity
  • Dancing
  • A gift from the princesses
  • A coloring page (This is one for the refrigerator!)

Lunch includes:

  • Frankenmuth Chicken Plate
  • Homemade bread & butter (Mmm!)
  • Mashed potatoes & gravy
  • Buttered corn
  • A royal dessert
  • Milk, tea, coffee, or fountain drink


New Year’s Eve at the Bavarian Inn Lodge

Monday, December 31

Celebrate the start of 2019 at the Bavarian Inn Lodge! We offer both an Adult Gala event or a Family Celebration!

New Year’s Eve Dueling Pianos Dinner Show, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Monday, December 31

Enjoy two pianists dueling it out at the keys for an evening of fast, energetic, and unforgettable interactive entertainment!

Evening includes:

  • Fun entertainment
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • A Gourmet Surf and Turf Meal
  • Delicious dessert
  • Champagne toast
  • Photo opportunities
  • Party favors
  • Full cash bar

Reservations and prepayment required. $60 per person. Call 1-800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941.


December Events:

You won’t want to miss these other December events happening in Frankenmuth!

  • December 1, 10 a.m., Jacki Edwards, Artist, Ornament Signing, Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland
  • December 1, 11 a.m., Christkindlmarkt (reoccurring event)
  • December 1, 11 a.m., Frankenmuth Annual Holiday Home Tour
  • December 1, 11 a.m., Make and Take Gemstone Bracelet Class at Those Nature People (Fridays & Saturdays until 12/29)
  • December 1, 2:30 p.m., Pretzel Rolling at Bavarian Inn Restaurant (daily event)
  • December 1, 7:05 p.m., Saginaw Spirit vs. S.S. Marie Greyhounds
  • December 2, 3 p.m., German Christmas Songfest at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church (1030 W Tuscola St., Frankenmuth)
  • December 7, 10 a.m., Heart Gifts Signing with Teresa Thibault at Bronner’s (reoccurring event)
  • December 8, 6:30 p.m., Christmas Concert at St. Lorenz Church  (reoccurring event)
  • December 9, 11 a.m., German Worship Service at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church (Monthly event)
  • December 13, 6:30 p.m., Holiday Wine Dinner, Bavarian Inn Restaurant
  • December 29, 7:05 p.m., Saginaw Spirit vs. Erie Otters
  • December 30, 7:05 p.m., Saginaw Spirit vs. Flint Firebirds
  • December 31, 6 p.m., New Years Eve Dueling Pianos Dinner Show at Bavarian Inn Restaurant


Why to make it a tradition: Enjoy the yearly changes

While Christmas is a tradition, every year in Frankenmuth is different.

The decorations are different. The events are different. While in some ways Frankenmuth is frozen in time, in many ways it is always evolving.

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Take a trek with your family to Michigan’s Little Bavaria! Stay at Bavarian Inn for food, comfort, things to do, and a central location. Give us a call or book online. We look forward to seeing you soon!







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