Frankenmuth Christmas Treasures
12.1.16 Wow, thanks for the great
time at Frankenmuth!! We loved it. John & Anita M.
It was time for our annual Christmas trip to Frankenmuth, Michigan. We arrived at Zehnder's Splash Village and our bags were unloaded to be taken to our rooms while we went on a city tour with a local step-on guide. One of our stops was at the St. Lorenz Church - always one of our favorite stops.
After the city tour, we went back to the hotel to freshen up a bit for our famous chicken dinner and variety show at Zehnder's Restaurant. We had every intention of buying our baked goods at their bakery prior to the show, but when we arrived, the bakery shelves were empty from the day, with the exception of their individual selections. So the bakery was going to have to be fit into the next day before the crowds poured in.
We found our reserved seats in the dining room. Anita didn't like the fact that they spelled TravelStarz wrong on the table signs, so she fixed it.
Dinner was served family-style.
After dinner, we were entertained by New Odyssey, a group of 3 guys who played a variety of music on 33 instruments. That's a lot of talent packed into 3 bodies!
"Willie Nelson" even showed up.
And so did "Tina Turner".
The audience participated in "The YMCA".
We went back to the hotel for the evening after being well-entertained to sleep off that wonderful dinner.
A super breakfast was served at the hotel before heading next door to Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland. Nothing says Christmas like Bronner's! The below photo greets you at the entrance.
Their store is in sections by themes. How many S'mores can you count on this display?
A fisherman's dream.
Each year, Bill buys another figure for his outdoor Nativity.
Caught some of our passengers shopping.
A short walk from the store is the Silent Night Memorial Chapel, a replica of the chapel in Obendorf/Salzburg, Austria chapel where Silent Night was first sung in 1818. This was our 4th annual trip to Frankenmuth and I had never visited the chapel, but I was determined to do so this year.
The sign reads "Silent Night was first sung and accompanied by a guitar because the Church organ needed repair"
Exiting down the walkway, Silent Night is written in every language imaginable. The below signs are my heritage.
We made a quick stop back at Zehnder's Bakery to pick up the baked goods that we had missed the prior day before our tour at Zeillinger's Wool and a bit of shopping in downtown Frankenmuth.
The bus was filled with the wonderful purchases that Frankenmuth offers as we headed for home.