Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland Part 1
Back in May my sister Jen sent me a message asking if I had ever heard of Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, MI. I replied back with a “YES!” and that’s when our little plan was hatched. We needed to go on a road trip to this store and what better time than Christmas in July. Michael said he wanted to go and of course I needed to take Mr. Christmas, aka Shawn too. (Shawn has more Christmas/holiday spirit than anyone I know!) My niece Jordan came along too.
We planned this trip to take only 1 day (if we stayed over, we surely wouldn’t have as much money to spend in the store), so we would drive the 5 hours through Canada, shop for hours and then make the trip home again in the evening. Sounded easy enough and since Michael volunteered to do all of the driving, we could just sit back, relax and let the visions of sugar plums dance in our heads. 😉
Everything went well and the kids behaved themselves (Shawn gets super riled up when Jordan is around, so he was a little hard to handle at times. But he is usually a terrific traveler.) When we were going through the Michigan/Canada border, the customs officer had us really laughing. When he asked us where we were headed and for how long, he told us we were crazy after we told him our plans. He even gave Michael a look that said “I’m sorry you are being dragged along on this trip.” lol
As we came up to the front of the store (which totals 27 acres with the surrounding landscaped grounds), there was a gigantic Santa and penguins. I have to laugh at how small Shawn is next to it.
Everything is decorated and the light posts aren’t an exception. We spent a long time walking around the outside of the building and I am sure that it would look amazing during the night but I don’ t think Michael would have wanted to wait around to see.
All around the building, there was these cute window displays. It reminded me of the windows that we saw on our trip to NYC for Christmas (do you see a trend? lol) They all had a different theme from elves and Santa to religious themes. Each was very charming and sweet.
I am going to split up this post into 2 sections because it would be huge if I did it together. This post is all about the outside grounds and decorations and tomorrow’s post will be the inside. Even though the outside is beautiful, the inside is even more amazing!