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Karneval ALAAF! Local carnival parade calendar.

For me, the carnival parades are the most fun. They will throw candy. They might give you a shot of something alcoholic. You might go home with a cabbage (really), so bring a bag or an inverted umbrella and enjoy. Costumes are the norm – especially in Cologne. Not dressing up will make you stand […]

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St. Martin’s Day by Ann

 Text By Ann Rath   Have you lately noticed people in the area with lanterns, marching through your town or village and you were wondering what that was? Maybe you have heard of the traditional lantern parade called St. Martin which takes place every year at the beginning of November. We remember this altruistic Roman […]

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May Day – German Holiday

Streamers on a birch tree for May Day in Germany In the usually quiet German countryside, when mowing the lawn too early in the morning is severely frowned upon and silence is platinum, there is a sweet tradition on May 1st of each year that will wake you from your dreams with techno blasts from […]

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Sittard ‘s Kinderoptocht – Carnival Children’s Parade

This Sunday, 23 February, at 1333 this year’s Children’s Carnival Parade will begin in Sittard.  If you have kids, GO!  It’s a lot of fun and the costumes and makeup are absolutely amazing!  If you’re a fan of Bagels and Beans, YES, they will be open.  That’s a great place to stand and watch the […]

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St. Nikolausbahn — i.e. Gillrath Christmas Train

UPDATE:  Tickets are already sold out or nearly gone for half the rides this year.  Check the dates and times online.  You can get your tickets at the Gillrath or Schwierwaldenrath stations or at several other locations listed on the Nikolausfahrt information page on the train website.   This annual train ride is very special […]

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Halloween in Germany and the Tri-Border Region: Pumpkin Patches and Celebrations

Spending your first Halloween in Germany?  Don’t worry. It’s going to be fun. Will I be able to get pumpkins in Germany? Yes!  Pumpkins and squash abound in the farming region of Germany during the months of September and October (though by Thanksgiving they are gone).  In fact, I’ve seen  more variety of squash here […]

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Easter Brunch

 Local places offering a special Easter brunch either Sunday, Monday or both.(updated as info becomes available) Bagels and Beans; Putstraat 4; SittardMonday, 5 April ~ A special Easter Brunch with live jazz music.  Times:  1000-1200 and 1200-1400.  Call for reservations: (0031) 046-4583322.  Last years locations… (will update with this year’s info as I can) Cafe […]

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Halloween at MoviePark

reader recommendation… Still not sure what to do for Halloween? Want to combine a bit of fun with the fear? Try Moviepark Germany any Thursday, Friday, or Saturday in October at 6pm and see the park transformed into a frightfully fun encounter. Separate areas for adults and children allow the adults to be terrified in […]

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This year the celebration will be held on 26 and 27 September in Hangar 2. Begins on Saturday at 1800. See the Nato Skywatch for more information. If you don’t have a copy, download your own from the base website here: Octoberfest pretty much insinuates that it might take place in October, and I […]

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Koninginnedag (The Queen’s Birthday NL)

April 30th is the Queen’s Birthday in the Netherlands, so many shops will be closed, but celebrations will be taking place instead. Check out the VVV and city web sites for more celebrations in your area. Sittard: 29th – The birthday party begins on “Queen’s Night” with live music from 2000-2400. 30th – Markt: Events […]

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