With all of the brightly colored presents, the spirit of St. Nicholas and the general goodwill, some people wish it were Christmas every day. If you lived in Frankenmuth, Michigan, you really could celebrate any time of year, as the town is home to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store.
Approximately 96,000 square feet of the 320,000-square-foot store is the salesroom. Holiday enthusiasts will find over 6,000 styles of ornaments, 500 styles of Nativity scenes, 150 styles of nutcrackers and 300 decorated Christmas trees—along with thousands of other Christmas trinkets. The store is open year-round—361 days each year to be precise—and welcomes over two million visitors annually.
Founder Wally Bronner started a sign-making and display business in 1945 before specializing in Christmas displays a few years later. He opened his first store in 1954 and as his business grew, so did his need for space. Bronner’s has gone through several expansions and moved into its current facility in 1977, where further expansions increased the sales floor to its current dimensions.
In addition to the store, a 17-foot Santa and 15-foot snowman are also located on the 45-acre property, which is illuminated by over 100,000 Christmas lights throughout the year.