Ramstein’s Christmas market offers gift ideas, food, entertainment

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

During the Christmas market in Ramstein-Miesenbach, the fountain on Marktplatz looks like a big Advent wreath. — Courtesy photos
Visitors enjoy eating culinary specialties and buying gifts at the Ramstein-Miesenbach Cinnamon and Waffles Market today through Sunday.
Santa Claus makes his appearance at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Ramstein-Miesenbach Cinnamon and Waffles Market.

Ramstein-Miesenbach will sponsor its 13th annual Christmas market called “Cinnamon and Waffles Market” today, Saturday and Sunday on the local Marktplatz in the center of town.

The market fountain will be turned it into an Advent wreath. Next to it, vendors in decorated wooden booths will sell a variety of merchandise such as Christmas decorations, handcrafted angels, candles, knitted items, jewelry and other gift ideas. The local Kolping youth group will serve Flammkuchen, tarte flambée (similar to pizza). Other associations will offer potato, cinnamon, bacon and sweet waffles, as well as bratwurst, roast pork and French fries.

This year’s gluehwein mug displays the Ramstein train station, which will be 150 years old in 2018.

Each year, visitors will be able to buy the mug in which gluehwein will be served.

This year’s motif will show the Ramstein train station and a steam train because of the 150th anniversary of the train route Landstuhl to Kusel, and the 150th anniversary of the Ramstein train station in 2018.

Christmas market activities will begin at 6 p.m. today. Mayor Ralf Hechler will hold an opening speech and welcome all visitors at 8 p.m. The Brigger Christmas Wind Section will entertain the audience with Christmas songs until 10 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, boys and girls of the local kindergarten Pinocchio will provide entertainment at 3 p.m. before Santa Claus will pass out sweets and little gifts at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, the duet Unerhoert will present Christmassy music 7 to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Voice and Strings will perform 5 to 7 p.m.

The Cinnamon and Waffles Market will be open 6 to 10 p.m. today, 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Stores will have an extended opening time Saturday; they will stay open until 6 p.m.