Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland Trip, part 2

Part 2 of our crazy trip to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, MI. You can see part 1 HERE.

The Weekend Housewife - Bronner's Christmas Wonderland - Christmas in July - Frankenmuth. MI.

While I had heard of Bronner’s and my MIL had been there a few years previous, I hadn’t really seen anything on the inside. I didn’t know what to expect and I was so excited that my skin got tingly all over as I walked through the doors. If there was ever a time in my life where I was speechless, this was it. I stared around me with childish eyes and took it all in for a minute. It was truly amazing.

The Weekend Housewife - Bronner's Christmas Wonderland - Christmas in July - Frankenmuth. MI.

The lobby was decorated and the journey began before walking into the actual store itself.

The Weekend Housewife - Bronner's Christmas Wonderland - Christmas in July - Frankenmuth. MI.

As we began walking around, you needed to look from floor to ceiling because every nook and cranny was decorated. According to what I have been told, they change the decorations in the store every year. I couldn’t imagine the number of people and hours it takes to decorate this store!

The Weekend Housewife - Bronner's Christmas Wonderland - Christmas in July - Frankenmuth. MI.

They had a telephone with Santa’s Hotline and when you pick up the receiver, Santa talks and asks questions. Shawn talked to Santa for a while and apparently, he had asked if he had been a good boy because he turned to me and had to ask. I of course said he s been good. 😉 It was very cute and Shawn got a kick out of it.

The Weekend Housewife - Bronner's Christmas Wonderland - Christmas in July - Frankenmuth. MI.

The Department 56 Villages that they have are absolutely amazing! A couple of years ago I began to collect  the Dicken’s Village and I got Scrooge & Marley’s Counting House as my new piece this year. The village above is Christmas in the City.

The Weekend Housewife - Bronner's Christmas Wonderland - Christmas in July - Frankenmuth. MI.

The Weekend Housewife - Bronner's Christmas Wonderland - Christmas in July - Frankenmuth. MI.

As great as the other villages were, there was nothing more amazing than the Fontanini Nativity scene. It beautifully set up and the pieces are hand crafted. This display was massive and most awe-inspiring.

The Weekend Housewife - Bronner's Christmas Wonderland - Christmas in July - Frankenmuth. MI.

The Weekend Housewife - Bronner's Christmas Wonderland - Christmas in July - Frankenmuth. MI.

The Weekend Housewife - Bronner's Christmas Wonderland - Christmas in July - Frankenmuth. MI.

Like I said, everything from the floor to the ceiling was decorated. All along the ceiling, there were little displays with cute characters and other holiday scenes. If I could have gotten a photo of every one, I would have!

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We had gotten word that Santa and Mrs. Claus were vacationing that weekend at Bronner’s, so we were on the lookout for them as we traveled the store. Shawn couldn’t wait any longer, so Michael took the kids to go in search of them. It wasn’t long before they were found and Shawn came running back, jumping up and down that he found them. I think this truly was a highlight of the trip for him. Of course Santa was nice enough to pose for a photo with them.

The Weekend Housewife - Bronner's Christmas Wonderland - Christmas in July - Frankenmuth. MI.

We got our first really big Christmas Tree the year we were married (2006) and it has served us well each year up until the past couple. It started to have major lighting issues and Michael was able to fix it but I was told that I must find a new tree. This was hard for me because I am honestly attached to the tree. So as a joke, we said that I would find a tree at Bronner’s. Well wouldn’t you know…. I did find a tree. A way too expensive tree but honestly, I think it is the only one that I have found really comparable, if not completely better than our (now) old one. You can see the tree I bought HERE. (Just don’t look at the price. 😉 )

This was certainly a trip to remember and while I spent way more money than I thought I would, well worth it. Shawn only asked for 2 small ornaments for himself but he wanted to buy every single person in our family something. He’s certainly got the giving spirit inside him. 🙂 Also, sorry that I am not posting any photos of what I bought (other than the tree). Most of it was gifts for family members and I don’t want to spoil the surprise come Christmas.

 

2 thoughts on “Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland Trip, part 2

  1. Judy

    Jules, thank you so much for taking us along with you! I’ve always wanted to go there, & you allowed me to get a feel for what it would be like. It looks incredible! I’m afraid I’d spend a small fortune. Your tree is absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait till Christmas to see pics of it in your home. It will be so special, seeing as you bought it there. The pics of Shawn are so cute! Hugs

  2. Kim

    Bronner’s looks like my kind of place! I really wish we had a store like that here. We have a Christmas store open year round here. I loved all the pictures especially the kids posed with Santa. Your new tree is BEAUTIFUL!! I don’t think the price is too hateful for that big of a pre-lit tree. Hugs

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