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Road Trippin': Shop 'til you drop at The River Place Shops in Frankenmuth

The River Place Shops has the magic of Christmas all year round. Visit and find out yourself! (WWMT/Randi Burns)

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Wanting to experience the magic of Christmas no matter the time of year? River Place Shops has the magic right in Frankenmuth.

Why should people visit the shops?

"Well it’s a really quaint village, very different than any other shopping complex," Katie Zehnder, a fourth-generation owner at the Bavarian Inn. "You feel like you’re in Europe. Very unique shops, very boutique shops, as well as just something for everybody."

Some of the favorites include the multiple shops that provide wine tastings. There are also shops for everyone in the family, from women's clothing, shops for men and toy stores for the children. They also have shops for the four-legged family members.

The shopping is not the only thing the village offers; there are special events throughout the year.

Zehnder said, "We have a chorus set that comes and sings holiday tunes and Santa Claus makes his little visits too."

Upcoming events in 2018 and 2019:

  • Santa Claus visits and performances by the Fenton Lakes Chorus from 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 23.
  • 12 Days of Christmas Sale: Each participating store will be offering in-store specials and promotions each day from Dec. 1 to 12. More info here.
  • Dog Bowl: World’s largest Olympic-style event for dogs with dock and disc dog competitions, wiener dog races, lure coursing, police K9 demonstrations, pet costume contest and more! Takes place Memorial Day weekend (May 25 and 26) at River Place Shops. More info here.
  • Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival: Featuring food trucks from across Michigan, free parking and family-friendly activities! Runs from 3 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of each month, May through September. More info here.

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