February 7, 2023

Christmas Decorations From a Winter Wonderstore

We all know that when it comes to the holidays, some of our neighbors go all out on the decorating. From Santas to fully-animatronic nativity scenes encased in plexi-glass, people love lighting up the block when it comes to dressing up the house. For those so devoted to shining like a star, there is Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland.

Located in Frankenmuth, Mich., Bronner’s is home to over 50,000 Christmas related decorations, novelties and gifts. Upon entrance, the first time customer will be overwhelmed by over 350 different Christmas trees decorated with over 6000 different ornaments. Closed only 4 days out of the year, Bronner’s is visited by millions every 365 days.

Opened in 1945 by Wally Bronner, Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland is a haven for the Christian world and those who just love the holidays. On their website, says this about Bronner, “Little did he dream that his small business would one day become the world’s largest Christmas store visited by millions of people.” Two million to be fairly accurate, come from all over the U.S. to see their over 2,000 group tours every year. Bronner’s is undoubtably the largest holiday decor store in the world.

Map and Trivia Taken from www.bronners.com

xmas decorations from a winter wonderstore

Here are some fun facts about this mammoth holiday retailer.

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

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

– Decorations and gifts from 70 nations can be found at Bronner’s.

–    Bronner’s stocks “Merry Christmas” ornaments in more than 70 languages.

–    About 1,000 figurines comprise Bronner’s Hummel collection.

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

–   Bronner’s patented life-size Nativity has been shipped to all the continents.

–   Over 6,000 different styles of unique ornaments are featured at Bronner’s.

– Bronner’s artists personalize over 100,000 ornaments annually. One of Bronner’s ornament artists has personally handpainted nearly -million ornaments during her 25 years at Bronner’s.

–   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.

–    Nearly 700,000 feet of garland are sold at Bronner’s annually.

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

– The record number of Bronner guests in one day was 25,981 on Nov. 26, 1994.

– Each year over 2000 motorcoach tours visit Bronner’s.

– Virtually every month, Bronner’s is visited by travelers from all 50 states, Canada and many other nations.

– Movie star John “the Duke” Wayne ordered a Santa suit from Bronner’s by telephone on December 15, 1976.

– Beautifully landscaped grounds cover 27 acres at Bronner’s. (The entire complex is 45 acres.)

– Approximately 100,000 outdoor Christmas lights illuminate Bronner’s grounds every evening throughout the year.

– Christmas Lane, Bronner’s own thoroughfare, is 1/2-mile long.

– The overall size of Bronner’s building is 320,000 sq. ft. (approx. 7.35 acres or 5.5 football fields of space) with 96,000 sq. ft. (2.2 acres 1.7 football fields of space) devoted to the salesroom.

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