Weihnachtsmaerkte holiday markets

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Trier is presently in full swing setting up their Christmas market. This month, many German cities begin setting up their traditional Weihnachtsmaerkte, or Christmas markets. Whether it is Nuernberg or Dudeldorf, the atmosphere is the same. Many people joyfully welcome the beginning of the holiday season. Most markets will open around Nov. 23 and stay open until shortly before the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo/Iris Reiff)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany — Trier is presently in full swing setting up their Christmas market. This month, many German cities begin setting up their traditional Weihnachtsmaerkte, or Christmas markets. Whether it is Nuernberg or Dudeldorf, the atmosphere is the same. Many people joyfully welcome the beginning of the holiday season. Most markets will open around Nov. 23 and stay open until shortly before the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo/Iris Reiff)