At the edge of town is Bronner's, which advertises itself as the world's largest Christmas store.
Outside of the store is a replica of the Austrian chapel where "Silent Night" was written.
The inside of the store is decorated with all sorts of Christmas displays.
The selection of Christmas merchandise is enormous, with everything imaginable for decking out your home for the holiday season. The huge section of Christmas tree decorations is divided into categories. If you want to color coordinate your tree, you will find displays of ornaments all of one color. If you want to buy an ornament for your teacher or doctor there is a whole section of ornaments related to occupations. You can buy decorations with the emblems of your favorite sports teams. (Even though this is Michigan, there was a whole section devoted to rival Ohio State!) There are ornaments portraying different countries of the world... England, Germany, France, even countries like Egypt. Of course a lot of the merchandise, sadly, is made in China, but you will also find items that are made in the U.S. and other countries. There were some exquisite crystal ornaments imported from Poland that caught my eye.
It's hard to leave the store without buying something. Alejandro bought several ornaments for his family. I don't decorate my home for Christmas. (No, I'm not a Scrooge; it's just that I am rarely home at Christmas.) However, I bought a couple items as gifts, and I couldn't resist this figurine of a Mexican Santa for myself.
After our little shopping spree we had lunch as Frankenmuth's most famous restaurant, Zehnder's.
For several generations, Zehnder's has been serving chicken dinners. It's been a long time since I have been there, and I could be mistaken, but it seems as if they have expanded their menu. There is a lot more than fried chicken. I had chicken schnitzel, and Alejandro had Bavarian sausages.
We took a short walk around the town after dinner, but it was getting late. We hit the highway again at 6 P.M., and we made it back home to Olmsted Falls, Ohio, by 10:00 P.M. We had four fun days, and Alejandro got to see a bit of our neighboring state to the north.