A traditional German pyramid towers at Marktplatz. The pyramid was purchased from a company in Germany in 2009 and comes apart during the off season.
The City of Fredericksburg welcomed the holiday season with the annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday night. Locals and tourists gathered at Marktplatz to watch, sing carols and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. Turning on the lights were from left, Ernie Loeffler, president and CEO of the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau, Santa and Mrs. Claus. —Standard-Radio Post/McKenzie Moellering
Members of the Fredericksburg Community Chorus sang Christmas tunes before the lighting began. The group is under the direction of Jeryl Hoover. Pictured from left, Holly Robinson, Abigail Sechrist, Dyana Orrin, Pat Weinheimer, Marcia Draper, Jutta Lindsay, Jan Unger, Maureen Jasso, Melissa McDonald, Jean Polichino, Gwen Fullbrook and Kathy Weaver.