Two RV Gypsies: Full-Time RVers

Bronner's in Frankenmuth, Michigan
The World's Largest Christmas Store
June 11, 2013

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sign for Bronner's

Bronners features a fantastic selection of Christmas ornaments and trims, trees, Christmas lights, nativities, collectibles, Christmas cards, garlands, stockings, Advent calendars, wreaths, giant displays and much more. Of more than 6,000 styles of ornaments which Bronners carries, half of the glass ornaments are Bronners exclusive designs.

sign-Bronners Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth MI

Bronners Christmas Wonderland is the "Worlds Largest Christmas Store." Designed with an Alpine architecture and operating year-round, the building is 7.35 acres in size with landscaped grounds covering 27 acres. Outside the entrance are three 17-foot tall outdoor Santas and a 15-foot tall snowman. Inside, there are approximately 800 animated figurines at various locations throughout the store. Bronners parking lot can accommodate up to 1,080 cars and 50 buses. Some 100,000 lights illuminate Bronners half-mile long Christmas Lane in the evening. Michigan designated Bronners as an "Embassy for Michigan Tourism" in 1976. Bronners employs over 500 people during the holiday season (between October and Christmas).

Bronners inventory exceeds 50,000 trims and gifts, including Christmas ornaments, artificial Christmas trees, Christmas lights, Nativity scenes, Christmas decorations, collectibles, and similar goods. Each year, approximately 600,000 glass ornaments, 530,000 feet of garland, 150,000 postcards and 86,000 light sets (nearly 530 miles of light cords) are sold.

panorama of part of the grounds at Bronners Christmas Wonderland

Trivia:

  • Bronners electrical bill averages $1,250 per day.

  • If all the light sets sold in one year at Bronners were stretched out in a continuous line, they would span approximately 530 miles.

  • Billboards advertising Bronners are spread out as far south as Lake City, Florida on I-75, and as far west as Missouri.

  • Wally Bronner, a devout Lutheran, always insisted on capitalizing the CHRIST in "CHRISTmas Wonderland."

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billboard on Highway for Bronner's

PHOTOS ARE POSTED BELOW this additional trivia:

1. Bronner's features over 50,000 trims and gifts for all seasons, reasons and budgets.

2. More than 350 decorated Christmas trees are beautifully displayed in Bronner's salesroom.

3. More than 700 whimsical, animated figures enchant guests in the salesroom.

4. As many as 100,000 individual lights illuminate the salesroom.

5. Decorations and gifts from 70 nations can be found at Bronner's.

6. Bronner's stocks Merry Christmas ornaments in more than 70 languages.

7. Bronner's carries Bibles in numerous languages.

8. About 1,000figurines comprise Bronner's Hummel collection.

9. Bronner's complete collection of Precious Moments figurines numbers have many of each subject produced for purchase

10. Bronner's carries over 150 styles of nutcrackers.

11. There are over 500 different styles of Nativity scenes for guests to enjoy in the Bronner salesroom.

12. Bronner's patented life-size Nativity has been shipped to all the continents.

13. Over 6,000 different styles of unique ornaments are featured at Bronner's.

14. Bronner's artists personalize over 100,000 ornaments annually. One of Bronner's ornament artists has personally hand painted millions of ornaments during her 25 years at Bronner's.

15. Each year, approximately 1.3 million glass ornaments and 135,000 light sets are sold at Bronner's.

16. If all the light sets sold in one year at Bronner's were stretched out in a continuous line, they would span approximately 530 miles.

17. Nearly 700,000 feet of garland are sold at Bronner's annually.

18. Visitors purchase 100,000 postcards of Bronner's each year.

19. Half of the items Bronner's carries sell for under $10, and two thirds are priced under $20.

20. Bronner's Annual Dated Christmas ornament series originated in 1974.

21. Bronner's annual Birth of Christ ornament series was introduced in 1986 with the ornament entitled The Annunciation.

22. Bronner's introduced a new Ethnic Christmas Customs ornament in 1987. A Merry Christmas greeting in a particular country's language is featured on the front side of the ornament with a brief description of the country's Christmas customs on the reverse side.

23. Bronner's produced its first, custom annual ornament form in 2000.

bear
the west entrance at Bronners Christmas Wonderland
bigger than lifesize angels at Bronners Christmas Wonderland
nativity scene at Bronners Christmas Wonderland
ultra large angels at Bronners Christmas Wonderland
nativity at Bronners Christmas Wonderland
entrance to Bronners Christmas Wonderland

Below are just a few photos inside the store. You must see this place to believe it.

Christmas tree and snowman at Bronners Christmas Wonderland
large decorations at Bronners Christmas Wonderland

The Polar Bear tells Karen Duquette a secret

Karen Duquette danced
with the polar bear

The Polar Bear tells Karen a secret
Karen Duquette dances with the polar bear
a small display of ornaments inside Bronners Christmas Wonderland
Karen Duquette and a small display of ornaments inside Bronners Christmas Wonderland
a small display of ornaments inside Bronners Christmas Wonderland
a small display of ornaments inside Bronners Christmas Wonderland
Santa and Mrs Claus in Bronners Christmas Wonderland
Mrs Claus
a wonderful penquin display inside Bronners Christmas Wonderland shop

Wherever Bronner's displays a Christmas tree full of ornaments, the ornaments displayed on the tree are also displayed below the tree so that if customers like the theme of the tree, they don't have to hunt all over the store for the ornaments.

Christmas tree

There is a large selection of Just Married ornaments behind these extra large bride and groom statues.

very large statue of a bride and groom at Bronners

A large Detroit Tiger stuffed animal and many Detroit Tiger ornaments

Detroit Tiger
Detroit Tiger

A Music Box filling the air with music

A giant ornament with a nativity scene

music box
nativity ornament

Karen Duquette's cousin Cyndi likes cats - and she took these photos of cat ornaments.

cat ornaments
cat ornaments
angel ornaments
bears
Santa Claus
Santa Claus
piano ormaments
Santa Claus
bear ornaments
display at Bronner's
nutcracker at Bronners
soldier ornament
3 piece band at Bronner's
lighted bear
rabbit
soldier at Bronners
Santa Claus
mouse
chef
Menu for the two RV Gypsies Adventures in Michigan
June 8 - 13, 2013

You may visit these six sites in any order you choose.
There is also a link to Point Edward, Ontario, Canada below.

At the Rifle Range

Detroit (2 pages)

Frankenmuth

Campgrounds in Michigan

Port Huron

Saint Clair

look below
go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAFTER you have seen all six sections above,
please continue on to Point Edward, Ontario, Canada

(The two RV Gypsies visited Canada in-between the above Port Huron and Saint Clair sections, because Port Huron and Point Edward are directly across from each other at the Michigan USA/Canada border).)