GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria is ringing in the holiday cheer one installation at a time.

 

Ceremonies and festivities will be held at Artillery Kaserne in Garmisch, Hohenfels, Tower Barracks in Grafenwoehr and Rose Barracks in Vilseck.

 

Garmisch – Nov. 29, 5:30 p.m.

 

The Garmisch tree lighting ceremony takes place Nov. 29 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Pete Burke Community Center. The tree will be lit outside the Community Center at 5:45 p.m.

 

Following the ceremony, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on a fire truck and will be available for taking pictures with the children in front of the fireplace. Bring your own camera to take the perfect picture.

 

The Winterfest will be held inside in the festive decorated ball room and feature holiday music performed by a USAREUR Band ensemble, a PTA Chili Cook Off, bratwurst, beer, Glühwein and hot chocolate.

 

The tree lighting ceremony is open to installation pass holders and their guests. Installation pass holders — both U.S. and local national — can check in four adult guests and an unlimited number of children at the Artillery Kaserne Main Gate. Guests must have a valid ID or passport.

 

Hohenfels – Nov. 29, 4:30 p.m.

 

The Hohenfels community hosts its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Nov. 29 in front of the Chapel.

 

Enjoy the holiday spirit while the kids enjoy a visit from Santa. Bring your cameras to take photos with Mr. and Mrs. Clause who will be arriving by fire truck around 5:45 p.m.

 

Spend your time visiting the Christmas market between 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and enjoy fresh Christmas trees, holiday decorations, Glühwein, a visit from Santa, sing-alongs and more. Don’t miss out on the holiday raffle where every ticket is a winner.

 

Open to all ID holders, guests and installation pass holders. Local nationals with installation passes can check in guests. Guests must possess a valid ID or passport at the time of arrival.

 

No backpacks or larges bags are permitted.

 

Tower Barracks – Dec. 4, 5 p.m.

 

The tree lighting ceremony at Tower Barracks in Grafenwoehr takes place at the Parade Field (near the Army Lodge) at 5 p.m. on Dec. 4.

 

Expect Sankt Nikolaus and Santa Claus to arrive via fire truck and take children’s requests. Bring your camera to take photos with Santa Clause.Sankt Nikolaus and Santa Claus will distribute gifts and candy to the children at approximately 6 p.m.

 

Following their arrival, the tree will be lit with a countdown.

 

The tree lighting ceremony is open to installation pass holders and their guests. Installation pass holders, which includes both U.S. and local nationals, can check in four adult guests and an unlimited number of children at Tower Barracks Gate 1 (pedestrian gate) and Rose Barracks main gate. Guests must have a valid ID or passport.

 

Backpacks and large bags are prohibited. Purses, strollers and diaper bags are permitted.

 

Rose Barracks – Dec. 6, 5 p.m.

 

The tree lighting ceremony at Rose Barracks in Vilseck takes place at the Exchange parking lot beginning at 5 p.m. on Dec. 6.

 

Expect Sankt Nikolaus and Santa Claus to arrive on a fire truck and take children’s requests around 6 p.m. Bring your camera to take photos with Santa Clause. Sankt Nikolaus and Santa Claus will distribute gifts and candy to the children.

 

Following their arrival, the tree will be lit with a countdown.

 

The tree lighting ceremony is open to installation pass holders and their guests. Installation pass holders, which includes both U.S. and local nationals, can check in four adult guests and an unlimited number of children at Rose Barracks main gate. Guests must have a valid ID or passport.

 

Backpacks and large bags are prohibited. Purses, strollers and diaper bags are permitted.


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