Gorgeous views of the iconic Frankenmuth River Place Shops waterfalls on a wintry day

📍Frankenmuth River Place Shops 📷 @metro.detroiter

 


 

Spending a day unearthing rare finds at Michigan's largest antique center or exploring every corner of one of the Midwest's largest outlet malls — shopping here offers a kind of relaxation all its own.

 

Whether you'll wander the world's largest Christmas store, browse unique villages of cozy shops, or sample the vendors of our city markets — get ready for everything from gathered treasures to handcrafted goods by Michigan makers.

 


 

Colorful, snow-dusted storefronts at Frankenmuth River Place Shops

📍Frankenmuth River Place Shops 📷 @emilykurzer

 

Uncommon Shopping Experiences

Lighted stars and ornaments hanging at Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth

📍Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland 📷 @bronnerschristmas

 

Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland (Frankenmuth) The world's largest Christmas store, dripping in holiday lights and decked with over 50,000 trims and gifts! See 300+ trimmed trees spread out across the showroom and ponder over 8,000 styles of ornaments. Then, have your picks hand-personalized on-site — or autographed by the artists during special ornament signings!

Birch Run Premium Outlets (Birch Run) One of the country's original outlet malls — home to 100+ stores from Columbia to Michael Kors, Pottery Barn to Kate Spade New York. Shop special events like Deal Hunters' Weekend and tackle your entire holiday shopping list.

Pride and Country Village (Saginaw) A sprawling village of surprising shops, housed in historic, refurbished farm buildings! Leave no corner of this 40,000-square-foot experience unturned — from Schoolhouse Fashion Boutique to The Woodshop. Swing into The Mill's seasonal store for everything from fall florals to Christmas decor, and don't leave without stopping by the restored 1904 Farmhouse, with five levels of fine home furnishings.

Frankenmuth River Place Shops (Frankenmuth) German-inspired outdoor mall with over 40 unique shops, where you'll take in the exquisite Bavarian architecture of each unique nook as you shop! Explore Michigan's bead store, Bead Haven, and stop to sample at Modern Craft Winery's tasting room tucked inside. Or, browse on-trend fashions at spots like Calla Lilie's and Emilie B's. After, treat yourself to a pedicure at Serendipity Wellness Spa — and maybe another sample at the Grand Traverse Distillery and Black Star Farms Winery Tasting Room, all on-site.

Bavarian Inn Castle Shops (Frankenmuth) Follow the winding cobblestone paths through the lower level of Bavarian Inn Restaurant to find seven unique shops. Visit the Royal Gift Shop for German-inspired souvenirs from steins to nutcrackers or the Wine & Beer Shop for Michigan's largest selection of German beers, plus unusual and privately produced beers and wines from all over the world!

 

Street view of the Bavarian Inn Castle Shops in Frankenmuth

📍Bavarian Inn Castle Shops 📷 @suszkoglen

 

City Markets

SVRC Marketplace (Saginaw) Stunning, 100,000-square-foot marketplace, where more than two-dozen vendors make home. Shop Those Nature People's all-natural bath & body products and essential oils, or The Little Yarn Shoppe's artisan, hand-dipped yarns. Then, break for eats like Falafel Hut, Saigon Sandwich Company, and El Farolito Taqueria — or try bacon-covered-everything from Makin' Bacon!

City Market (Bay City) Modern city market bringing fresh, local goodness to Downtown Bay City. Warm up with a cup of locally-roasted, artisanal coffee from City Grind while you wander the aisles (then stop for a bite from Bones BBQ & Soul Food). While you're here, pick up essential oils from Oily Apothecary and a stockpile of Heidi's Darn Good Cookies.

 

Holiday string lights and Santa painted on the window at City Grind inside City Market Bay City

📍City Grind at City Market 📷 @citygrindbc

 

Antique + Vintage Shops

Bay City Antiques Center / Bay Antique Center (Bay City) Michigan's largest antique center, covering an entire city block in Downtown Bay City! Spend the whole day exploring this 60,000-square-foot, three-story, collaborative shop — rated #1 by AAA and open 361 days a year — and enjoy its walkability to other nearby antique shops and restaurants that pepper the surrounding streets. Inside, you'll find treasures from European imports to primitives, glassware to architectural salvage, and even memorabilia.

The Americana Company Antique Mall (Bay City) Pop into another favorite along Bay City's Water Street and enjoy an eclectic assortment of finds — signs and memorabilia to vintage Christmas ornaments and decor. Watch for their Annual Holiday Open House Weekend in November — a tradition for more than 20 years.

The Saginaw Antique Warehouse & Specialty Shoppes (Saginaw) 20,000-square-foot space filled with antique and collectible items from over 70 quality dealers. Furniture and lamps to jewelry and glassware, china and clocks — you'll find it all here. Make time for a stroll through the Loft Marketplace (featuring clothing, accessories, and home accents), then explore 12 more specialty shops, followed by lunch at Memory Lane Cafe.

Freeland Antique Mall (Freeland) 16,000 square feet of antiques, supplied by over 90 top-notch dealers. Watch for special mall-wide events like the Fall Harvest Festival outdoor flea market or Annual Christmas Sale, and shop the unbelievable finds here anytime of year.

Retro Attics (Bay City) The mid-century modern collection of two talented, local pickers — presented in a well-curated shop that'll have you swooning over up-cycled vintage furniture and kitschy finds from the Atomic Era.

Electric Kitsch (Bay City) All-things-vintage, from vinyl to clothing and kitschy home decor. Shop vintage music gear and electronics here, too!

Court Street Antiques (Saginaw) Antique, vintage, and up-cycle shop — tucked in an old building brimming with character — next to the revitalized Court Street Theater. Browse the collections of 15 vendors and don't miss the Junque & Salvage Room.

Adomaitis Antiques (Saginaw) An Old Town Saginaw mainstay for more than 40 years, specializing in estate sales and offering everything from antiques to vintage clothing and costumes.

Iron Gate Emporium (Birch Run) Vintage and antique, industrial or shabby chic — this marketplace offers it all, including made-in-Michigan items from local artisans.

Thrifty Treasures Antiques & More (Birch Run) Antique mall with 20 dealers, and everything from jewelry to glassware, furniture to primitives.

 

Lifestyle Boutiques + Artisan Wares

Holiday baking items, gifts, and goodies at Serendipity Road in Midland

📍Serendipity Road 📷 @serendipityroadmi

 

Serendipity Road (Midland) Brick-lined shop highlighting the wares of only Michigan artisans! Home decor to housewares, unique gifts to Michigan-themed gear — you'll love every original find inside these walls.

Rebel Magnolia (Saginaw) Fearlessly authentic, funky boutique — with everything from trend-forward clothing to home decor, gifts to global textiles, apothecary items and plants. Shop this spot curated by two flea-market-loving moms, and don't miss their Rebel Magnolia Fall Flea — a free-spirited, festival-style market with over 100 vendors offering vintage, handcrafted, and gathered items.

Half Mile Handmade (Bay City) A curated collection of handmade goods from artisans near and far. Hand-lettered signs to holiday greeting cards, Michigan apparel and more — shop here and support the maker movement!

G.T. Homestead (Bay City) Cozy, colorful storefront tucked near the Third Street Star Bridge, well-stocked with gorgeous seasonal decor and specialty gifts.

Little House (Bay City) Downtown Bay City shop with finds from hand-lettered signs and seasonal home decor to gifts and accessories.

Violets Blue (Bay City) Small home goods to jewelry and stationary, shop this eclectic assortment of things you'll love to gift (and things you can't help but hang onto for yourself).

Perfectly Imperfect Creations (Bay City) Annie Sloan Chalk Paint stockist, selling gorgeously repurposed furniture and architectural salvage pieces. Shop the showroom or sign up for a Chalk Paint Course!

More Home + Seasonal Decor (Multiple Cities) With My Secret Garden decked in beautiful displays of seasonal home decor and boutique apparel, plus Warmbier Farms' 12,000 square feet of seasonal items, silk florals, and more — inviting shops are all around.

 

Fashion Boutiques

Christmas tree, presents and holiday decorations at Ferne Boutique in Bay City

📍Ferne Boutique 📷 @shop_ferne

 

On-Trend Fashions (Multiple Cities) From Ferne Boutique in Downtown Bay City to OMONI Boutique in Uptown, shop curated collections of modern, trendsetting fashions. And, don't forget other stylish spots like Adorn Boutique in Frankenmuth, Elodie Boutique in Midland, or Panache Boutique in Bay City!

Timeless Classics (Multiple Cities) Shop favorites like Brighton, Pandora, and Tribal when you browse the remarkable selections inside places like White House Boutique in Frankenmuth, Uptown Girl in Bay City, or Willow Classic Ladies Apparel in Midland!

 

Holiday gift sets of plush hats, scarves, and mittens inside OMONI Boutique in Uptown Bay City

📍OMONI Boutique 📷 @omoniboutique

 

Seasonal + Holiday Markets

Rebel Magnolia Fall Flea Market (September, Saginaw) One of the "Top 100 Outdoor Markets in the U.S." (Flea Market Style Magazine, 2017) and an ethereal shopping experience — featuring over 100 vendors with items found and gathered, vintage and new.

The Great Lakes Market - Autumn Market (September, Bay City) Seasonal market spotlighting talented Mitten State makers — with Uptown Bay City's breathtaking riverfront scene as the backdrop.

MI Made Marketplace (September, Bay City) Proud makers, good times, and great eats — all along the Downtown Bay City streets during this free, festival-style marketplace! Shop Michigan-made products and sample from local food trucks while you browse.

Seasonal Art + Craft Shows (September - December, Multiple Cities) With Keepsake Collection Art & Craft Shows in both Frankenmuth (September) and Saginaw (October and December) — plus the return of Shipshewana on the Road to Birch Run in October — options are ample for adding to your collection.

The Great Lakes Market - Winter Market (December, Midland) Holiday gift-giving made simple, in a festive artisan makers market held on the heated concourse of Dow Diamond. Wrap up everyone on your list, and grab a few holiday goodies for yourself.

Frankenmuth Christkindlmarkt (November - December, Frankenmuth) Shop this outdoor, European-style Christmas market's toasty-warm tents and grab everything from greenery and garlands to one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.