Tag Archives: holiday

Things you didn’t know: Easter traditions in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — When it comes to celebrations in Germany, colorfully decorated trees are not just for the Christmas season.   Roughly four weeks before Easter, which falls on April 17, 2022, handcrafted eggs dangle from the branches of birch trees — symbolizing new life and fertility. Towns of all…

February 23rd, 2022 Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know

Special appreciation screening at Tower Barracks Reel Time Theater

  AAFES Press Release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Exchange Reel Time Theaters and Lionsgate have teamed up for the first time to offer a free, special appreciation screening of the upcoming family comedy adventure film “American Underdog” starring Zachary Levi, at the Tower Barracks Reel Time Theater on Saturday,…

December 7th, 2021 Holiday, News

Christmas traditions in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – The holiday season is around the corner, and soon Christmas will follow. While there are many similarities between Christmas celebrations in the United States and Germany, there are some differences and special events that U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria community members should know while celebrating overseas.   Adventskranz…

December 6th, 2021 Holiday, News

Soldiers collect toys for host nation children at GTA march

By Sgt. Brea DuBose, Broadcaster with AFN Bavaria   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Across U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, organizations teamed up to deliver holiday cheer by conducting the annual Operation Toy Drop and Delivery event on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Soldiers and their families gathered community-donated toys in boxes at the Bunker…

December 3rd, 2021 Holiday, News

2021 Christmas Markets near USAG Bavaria

(Editor’s note: Please be aware that the Christmas markets listed below are still subject to cancelation or modification due to current COVID situations. Be aware of any requirements for proof of vaccination, recovery or negative-test or other COVID-related requirements. Additionally, look for opening and closing times and days as each…

November 2nd, 2021 Travel

GES kindergarteners trick-or-treat Grafenwoehr Mayor

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In the spirit of Halloween, Grafenwoehr Elementary School kindergarteners donned costumes and visited the Grafenwoehr Rathaus and Mayor Edgar Knobloch on Thursday, Oct. 21. Per American tradition, the host nation mayor distributed trick-or-treat candy to the children, and in return, the children surprised him with sweets of…

October 21st, 2021 Holiday, News, School News

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