I have lived in Northern Virginia for nearly 8 years and this was the first year that I had heard about the German Armed Forces Command Christkindlmarket (Bundeswehr Christmas Market) in Reston, Virginia. I actually learned about it through a couple coworkers when they sent a department-wide invite to the festivities. As it turns out, the Bundeswehr building is a few office buildings down from ours and is the “it” thing to do during the holidays! The market is setup similar to most German Christmas Markets, with a selection of German crafts, music, food, and drinks.

Event Details

The German Armed Forces Command Christkindlmarkt is held yearly in early December at the Bundeswehr building at 11150 Sunrise Valley Drive, in Reston, VA. The event is typically held from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., but be sure to check the times each year. Traditionally, event details are not released well in advance. (Word on the street is that it helps keep the number of attendees down.) In the future, I would keep an eye on the German Armed Forces Command Facebook page. Otherwise, you can call the Bundeswehr at 703-390-3175 for more information.

2017 Reston Christkindlmarkt 

I called the Bundeswehr to confirm that the 2017 German Armed Forces Command Christkindlmarkt will be held on December 7th, 2017.

Visiting the Christkindlmarket

As I mentioned above, I first attended the market with my co-works at the end of our workday. Then, Hubs joined me to stroll around later that evening. The following pictures are from both of those visits:

german armed forces command christkindlmarkt line

The line to enter the market was wrapped around the grounds prior to opening.

reston christkindlmarkt entrance

Thankfully, the line moved quickly as soon as the gate opened.

german armed forces command christkindlmarkt music

A musical soldier played a variety of holiday selections on his saxophone during the afternoon.

german armed forces command christkindlmarkt food

After we arrived, we wandered around the various Germanic and holiday themed booths and exhibits.

german armed forces command christkindlmarkt waffles

Soldiers and their families served visitors treats, hot cider, and mulled wine (free, but charitable donations requested).

german armed forces command christkindlmarkt view

In addition to the crafts, treats, and exhibits, there was also a “food hall” section that served beer and traditional foods.

german armed forces command christkindlmarkt berlin wall

The Bundeswehr Kommando (German Armed Forces Command) has a section of the Berlin Wall near its office building entrance.

german armed forces command christkindlmarkt band

After dark, a live band provided traditional Germanic musical entertainment.

german armed forces command christkindlmarkt food

As the day progressed, the food (brats and split pea soup) section grew in popularity