Category Archives: Holiday

German-American Volksfest 2021 has been canceled

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — After an intensive assessment, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria has decided to not host the traditional German-American Volksfest Grafenwoehr this year due to the current Corona protective measures and restrictions.   As always, the health and safety of our staff, families and potential visitors is the garrison’s…

May 17th, 2021 Holiday, News

Three Kings’ Day marks the end of Christmas

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Three Kings’ Day, otherwise known as Dreikoenigstag or Epiphany Day, is observed on Jan. 6 annually. This holiday marks both the end of Christmas and the start of the new year. Since it is recognized as a public holiday in Bavaria, expect stores to be closed.  …

January 5th, 2021 Holiday, News

Movie ideas to help inspire Christmas spirit

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Christmas is just days away, and with tighter COVID-19 restrictions imposed until Jan. 10, 2021, most traditional holiday activities are not being observed this year. However, one safe activity that you can always enjoy, either alone or with family, is a Christmas themed movie.   Christmas movies…

December 22nd, 2020 Holiday, News

Santa, Nikolaus or Christkindl: Christmas traditions in Germany

By Johanna Lohwasser, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs Editor’s Note: While 2020’s COVID-19 environment changes a few of these traditions, such as St. Nikolaus not making in-person visits and canceled Christmas markets, the spirit of these customs continues on.   Germany’s original Christmas gift-bearer St. Nicholas — Sankt Nikolaus in German…

December 3rd, 2020 Holiday, News, Things You Didn't Know

USO Bavaria gives thanks to junior enlisted service members

Article by Sidney Sullivan and Julian Temblador / USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USO Bavaria conducted its fourth annual Thanks for Thanksgiving program on Saturday, Nov. 21. Throughout the morning, 360 bags — filled with everything needed for a traditional Thanksgiving meal — were distributed from the…

November 25th, 2020 Holiday, News

Grafenwoehr Exchange keeping community safe during holiday shopping

AAFES News Release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Holiday shopping will look and feel different in 2020 due to COVID-19. The Grafenwoehr Exchange is committed to ensuring shoppers have a safe, sanitized and secure shopping experience during the Black Friday and Saturday sales events, from Nov. 27 to 28, 2020.  …

November 20th, 2020 Holiday, News

Ho-Ho-Ho: Military families can visit Santa virtually as Army & Air Force Exchange Service partners with JingleRing

AAFES News Release   DALLAS — Though COVID-19 might put some holiday events on hold, Santa Claus will still be making the rounds virtually with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and JingleRing.   JingleRing provides a platform for families to spend time with St. Nick in a contactless,…

November 19th, 2020 Holiday, News

Fang-tastic movie ideas for a Halloween at the house

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — With Halloween just days away and traditional door-to-door festivities cancelled due to COVID-19, one of the alternatives deemed low risk by the Center for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) includes enjoying a Halloween themed movie night with your family. If you are struggling for ideas, listed below are…

October 29th, 2020 Holiday, News

Soldiers take part in spooktacular pumpkin carving contest

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program hosted a first-time event of pumpkin carving and painting at the Bavaria Arts and Crafts Center, last Friday on Oct. 16, 2020. Participating Soldiers carved and painted pumpkins, while wearing masks, sanitizing hands and working at properly distanced workstations.…

October 22nd, 2020 Health & Lifestyle, Holiday, News

German traditions similar to Halloween

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Halloween is gaining popularity in Germany, with many local nationals celebrating it in the same fashion as those living in the United States. But before Halloween, Germans long celebrated a similar holiday in April, called Hexennacht.   Halloween was introduced to Germany in the 1990s, according to…

October 16th, 2020 Holiday, News, Things You Didn't Know