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by Tim Regan December 6, 2016 at 2:40 pm 0

Christkindlmarket/Courtesy German Armed ForcesReston residents can experience Germany without buying a plane ticket during a holiday market later this week.

The German Armed Forces is scheduled to hold its annual Christkindlmarket at its office at 11150 Sunrise Valley Dr. this Thursday, Dec. 8, from 4-9 p.m.

Each year around the holidays, the office transforms its parking lot into a traditional German outdoor Christmas fair.

In previous years, the festival has included games, crafts to purchase, entertainment and traditional German food and beer.

Though the outdoor event is free, some of the food, beer and merchandise costs money.

Reston Christkindlmarket/Credit: German Armed Forces

by Karen Goff December 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm 7 Comments

Christkindlmarket/Courtesy German Armed ForcesWant to feel like you are celebrating the holidays in Bavaria without traveling far?

Then stop by the German Armed Forces annual Christkindlmarket Thursday evening.

Each year, the German Armed Forces, which has an office in Reston (where you can also see a piece of the Berlin Wall on display), turns over the parking lot the office building at 11150 Sunrise Valley Dr. into a traditional German outdoor Christmas fair.

The festival, which runs from 4 to 9 p.m., is fun for the whole family. There are games, crafts to purchase, entertainment and traditional German food and beer.

The event is free, but some of the food, beer and merchandise costs money. Proceeds from the event benefit local charities.

The event is outdoors and happens rain or shine, so dress appropriately.

Reston Christkindlmarket/Credit: German Armed Forces

by Karen Goff November 10, 2014 at 11:00 am 6 Comments

Berlin Wall in Reston/Credit: IPARSunday marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

On Nov. 9, 1989, thousands of German citizens tore it apart, symbolizing the end of the Cold War era that divided Berlin, Germany and in many ways, the world.

Some pieces of the wall remain in Berlin as part public art project, part monument to the era. But some portions are scattered in more than 100 spots around the world — and one stands here in Reston.

Why Reston?

The German Armed Forces Command (the Bundeswehr) has offices in a typical Reston office building at 11150 Sunrise Valley Dr.

The four-foot wide wall fragment sits just outside the front doors to the headquarters. They acquired the piece in 1990 to commemorate the reunification of Germany.

berlin21The German Armed Forces has had an office in Reston since 1991, just after the reunification of Germany. Perhaps you have seen uniformed personnel doing military fitness training exercises around the lakes in South Reston? The German troops challenge local American troops to a friendly competition annually.

The Bundeswehr also hosts an annual traditional German outdoor Christmas carnival in early December. The free Christkindlmarket has games, handmade crafts and gifts to purchase, and of course, German food and beer. Proceeds from food and gift sales are donated to Cornerstones and other local charities.

Want to to learn more about the Berlin Wall? The Goethe Insitut in Washington, DC is currently housing an exhibition “The Wall in Our Heads: American Artists and the Berlin Wall.” The exhibition will run through Dec. 5.

To read more about more than 100 other spots in 40 countries housing bits of the wall, see this Washington Post story.

Photos: Berlin Wall fragment and plaque/Credit: IPAR

by Karen Goff December 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm 3 Comments

German ChirstkindlmarketWant to feel like you are celebrating the holidays in Bavaria without traveling far? Then stop by the German Armed Forces annual Christkindlmarket Thursday evening.

The German Armed Forces, which has an office in Reston (where you can also see a piece of the Berlin Wall on display), turns over the parking lot of 11150 Sunrise Valley Dr. into a traditional German outdoor Christmas fair.

The festival is fun for the whole family. There are games, crafts to purchase, entertainment and food and beer. The event is free, but some of the food, beer and merchandise costs money. Proceeds from the event benefit local charities. Last year, the armed forces raised more than $12,000 for Reston Interfaith.

The Christkindlmarket runs from 4 to 9 p.m.

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