Ramstein Christmas market

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Ramstein-Miesenbach will sponsor its eighth traditional Christmas market, called the Cinnamon and Waffles Market, today, Saturday and Sunday on the local Marktplatz in the center of town.

More than 30 exhibitors, including local associations and groups, will present their merchandise, serve food specialties and provide a musical program.

The local plant nursery has put some festive decorations around the market fountain and turned it into an Advent wreath. Next to it, vendors in wooden booths will sell a variety of merchandise such as Christmas decorations, handcrafted angels, candles, knitted items, jewelry and other gift ideas. Two vendors from Ramstein’s sister county, Rapla in Estland, will be available as well.

The local Kolping family will serve Flammkuchen, tarte flambee (similar to pizza).
The youth fire brigade will offer food, beverages and woodcarving products.
The “Tafel,” an organization, which supports needy people with groceries, will serve cinnamon waffles and glühwein.

Glühwein cups shaped like little boots with local motifs will be sold at the market and in the stores.

Mayor Klaus Layes will officially open the Christmas market at
6 p.m. today. Musician Horst Irsch will entertain the audience with Christmas songs until 9 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, students of the Vogelweh Elementary School will present a Christmas performance 2 to 2:30 p.m. and the Montessori kindergarten will perform a Christmas play 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Santa Claus will make an appearance and pass out gifts to children at 3:30 p.m. on both days.

Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. the Ramstein Stadtkapelle will provide musical entertainment to be followed by Bar-x-mas project playing
international Christmas music 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Sunday, the 40th German-American Christmas concert with local choirs and the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band will take place 4 to 6 p.m. at the Haus des Bürgers.
The gospel choir of the AGAPE Christian Faith Center will close out the market 6 to 8 p.m. on the stage on Marktplatz.

The Cinnamon and Waffles Market will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Stores will be open until 6 p.m. Saturday.