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Holloman Holiday Festival

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Santa poses with youth during the 49th Wing Holiday Festival, Dec. 7, 2019, at the Base Exchange on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Families waited in line to have their picture taken with Santa and to partake in the other festivities. This was the second year Holloman held a holiday festival allowing families and members of team Holloman to gather and spend time together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Youth decorated ornaments during the 49th Wing Holiday Festival, Dec. 7, 2019, at the Base Exchange on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The holiday festival had face painting, bouncy castles as well as pictures with Santa or the Grinch. This was the second year Holloman held a holiday festival allowing families and members of team Holloman to gather and spend time together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Airman 1st Class Marcus Pyle, 49th Wing Holiday Festival medic, hands a candy cane to a youth during the 49th Wing Holiday Party, Dec. 7, 2019, at the Base Exchange on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The medics were on standby in case of emergency, but joined the festivities by giving away candy canes. This was the second year Holloman held a holiday festival allowing families and members of team Holloman to gather and spend time together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

A family poses with the Grinch and Max during the 49th Wing Holiday Festival, Dec. 7, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Families waited in line to have their picture taken with the Grinch and to partake in the other festivities. This was the second year Holloman held a holiday festival allowing families and members of team Holloman to gather and spend time together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Col. Joseph Campo, 49th Wing commander, and the Nelson family flipped the switch to turn on the Chapel’s menorah and tree lights, Dec. 7, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 49th Wing Holiday Festival concluded at the Chapel after the lighting ceremony. This was the second year Holloman held a holiday festival allowing families and members of team Holloman to gather and spend time together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

The 49th Wing held its annual Holiday Festival, Dec. 7, at the Base Exchange here.

This event was open to anyone with base access, allowing families and individuals an opportunity to bond during the festivities. There were bouncy castles, food trucks, free pictures with Santa and much more.

“The annual Wing Holiday Festival kicked off a wonderful time of year and celebrates many different holiday traditions,” said 2nd Lt. Ashley Corkins, 49th Wing Holiday Festival co-project officer. “We are thankful for the base-wide support and the behind-the-scene players that made this year’s event a success.”

After the main portion of the event at the Base Exchange, the crowd walked to the Chapel for the menorah and Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

“The ceremony consisted of the wing commander’s holiday remarks; Christmas tree and Hanukkah blessing and prayers; and then the lighting of the Christmas tree and menorah,” said Staff Sgt. Zachary Curry, 49th Wing Chapel religious affairs Airman. “This event is important because it brings the community together and allows the Chapel to provide religious accommodation to Airmen and their families.”

After the tree and menorah were lit by a family of a service member currently serving overseas, individuals were invited inside the Chapel for hot cocoa and cookies. The 49th Wing looks forward to the next annual Holiday Festival.