Holiday happenings

Holiday Assistance Program

The Holiday Assistance Program helps military and civilian families, primarily the families of specialists and below, during the holiday season. This includes food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas — and gifts through the Angel Tree Program. Applications are available through the chain of command, Army Community Service or online at

Drop the turkey spin

Burn off the calories during this 90-minute, turn and burn spin workout from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Nov. 30 at the fitness center. Cost is $7.

Tree lighting

Help launch the holiday season during the garrison’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 5 from 5-10 p.m. on Clay Kaserne. The event will start outside the Clay Chapel with school choir performances, the tree lighting and then proceed to the Community Activity Center for photos with Santa, MWR giveaways, children’s activities and a special buffet meal. Cost of the buffet is $6.95 for adults, $3.95 for children ages 6-11.

12 Days of Christmas special

The Wiesbaden Entertainment Center is celebrating the season with a special for each of the first 12 days of December. Take advantage of specials and be entered to win a prize. Go to for details.

Christmas markets

Outdoor Recreation offers trips to the Rothenburg Christmas Market on Dec. 7, Nuernberg Christmas Market on Dec. 14 and the Heidelberg Christmas Market on Dec. 21. Sign up at the Wiesbaden Sports, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation Center. Army Community Service hosts visits to the Frankfurt Christmas Market on Dec. 5 and the Mainz Christmas Market on Dec. 19. Register at ACS or by calling (0611) 143-548-9201. The Wiesbaden Teen Center hosts a trip for youths and their families to the Cologne Christmas Market on Dec. 21. Stop by the Hainerberg Teen Center for details.

Dueling Pianos Holiday Tour

Armed Forces Entertainment, MWR and ProTour Productions offer a special treat during the holidays – the Dueling Pianos Holiday Tour – Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Vault Club and Casino. Enjoy the musical talents of Katy Marquardt, Chris Combs and Jimmy James.

Jingle Bell Jog

Wear your favorite holiday workout gear and join the fun at this holiday-themed five-kilometer run or walk on Dec. 14 starting at 9 a.m. It’s free to participate — or sign up in advance to purchase a commemorative T-shirt for $5 at the Wiesbaden Sports, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation Center.

New Year’s Eve party

Welcome in the New Year on Dec. 31 at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center. The New Year’s celebration will feature activities for all members of the family including Cosmic Bowling, free finger foods, a live video DJ and more. Purchase tickets at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center.