Outside in the corridor you could hear a lot of shuffling about, and the odd clanking of bells and chains.

and a brother who would possibly have nightmares for several years to come…      Anyway this particular Krampus turned out to be a big softy (as did all of his gang – just goes to prove not to judge a book by its cover!) Why You Need a Vignette to Drive Austria's Toll Roads Some visitors who have fallen under the spell of Krampus arrange their visits to catch the two parade nights in two different Tyrolean towns. Young men, especially, fall under his spell and populate the cult of Krampus. )…The baby looked on quite happily at the wild procession in front of him, whilst Granny took thousands of pics (along with me!). The Best Restaurants in Vienna For Every Type of Eater The Feast of Saint Nicholas is celebrated in parts of Europe on December 6. These thrill-fests are amongst of Europe’s most spirited festivals along the lines of the As the centuries passed, Christianity supplanted paganism and a new legend bloomed: the kind, benevolent Saint Nicholas, now known as Santa Claus.

The two mythical figures acted like good cop, bad cop: Santa gifted the nice kids, and Krampus punished the naughty ones. :)Blimey, some of those photos are really terrifying! It’s possible, but expensive, for visitors to rent a Krampus costume and accessories.

The twigs though – imagine those in your stocking! I have to admit krampus is a new one on me, and he is definitely an odd looking fellowYou wouldn’t want to bump into him on a dark night would you? There will be another event from 21.12 - 6.01 (in Munich 22.12.2019) - Rauhnächte. We stumbled across a couple of Krampus verein meetings during our stay in Hallstatt, all busily discussing their parts in the upcoming Krampus Lauf (Krampus run), and who should be doing what to scare the crowds. :)You have to see if you can find him at some point Nichola, it’s really worth seeing! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. It always takes place at night and the marchers are dressed in scary costumes. The costumes are so cool :) xThanks Melanie. and even posed with the baby for posterity…    That was one evening with Krampus we won’t forget in a hurry!Fast forward to precisely a year later to yet when we were in Obertrauen in time for Saint Nicholas with my Mum. Today's Tyroleans honor Krampus and his mischievous elfin helpers with thronged annual events. Instead, locals gave Krampus a new, supporting role, now considering him Krampus St. Nick’s sidekick. The Small Girl goaded from the side lines well versed in such matters, jumping back at the slightest threat of Krampus whacking her legs with his birch branches, and completely and utterly absorbed in the entire thing. 16 of the Best Festive Markets for Christmas Shopping European Style In the Tyrol, the half-wolf, half-demon is a star: a daringly dressed rebel who appeals to (and maybe speaks for) our wild side. That combined with the manic last few days of school and the usual carol concerts, Christmas parties and grumpy germy children, and it’s perhaps not surprising that I feel like my feet haven’t touched the ground since we got back.In the midst of it all, I had this niggly feeling that I had forgotten something, up until the penny dropped (the day before) when a Small Person mumbled something about St Nicholas, and hoping he wouldn’t forget them in England…Over our St Martin’s Dinner recently (firmly on our calendar since we lived in Denmark) we’d chatted about the various traditions we have taken on from our adopted countries, so I couldn’t suddenly tell the children that St Nicholas didn’t visit England, One early crisp and snowy Bavarian December evening, when the toddler was but a teeny tiny pipsqueak of a thing, we went for dinner with my visiting in-laws.

The basics of a Krampus costume require a carved wooden mask and horns, wolfish fangs, red contact lenses, a fur-hide tunic, and hooves.The easiest way to enjoy the Krampus Parade is to watch it from the sidelines. )…       We stumbled across a couple of Krampus verein meetings We got to have a little chat with them about their costumes and masks and felt how heavy they were. The Krampus Parade is a rollicking event. Not feeling quite so brave anymore, the Small Boy darted around the table for the person Krampus was least likely to move on to – me, as I was holding his then tiny baby brother…Meanwhile the Small Girl (never one to pass up a biscuit opportunity) wandered in from singing Saint Nicholas (and his bemused flock) a rousing rendition of “We Wish you a Merry Christmas” (I think they sing a special song in these parts – it’s definitely not this, and it’s definitely not in English) and had returned to see Grammi in some kind of Krampus headlock (my lovely Mother in Law is such a good sport!) I’m going to show my son this post tomorrow, He’d absolutely love hearing about this and seeing the photos…so interesting! These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Some Krampuses juggle torches or simply flick their whips at spectators. Although he often has horns, it’s likely that any devil took styling tips from Nowadays, perhaps in a backlash as to how commercialised Christmas has become (and maybe in a nod back to older more innocent times) he’s making a popular come back. Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are as essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. Interesting to see what other countries do.Wow, that looks like such a memorable experience. :)[…] than laugh though) and despite being brave enough to take on that, was completely petrified of bumping into Krampus on the way back to our apartment […]Make sure this account has posts available on instagram.com.Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. Lol.Oh wow, this is so interesting! I did wonder whether his mum was taking her time in the shop, but it turned out that he was waiting for Saint Nicholas, obviously stocking up on things to stuff in boots…In the far off distance you could make out the odd roar or the jangle of bells and chains that had everyone shivering with anticipation. Krampus events are centered in the state of Tyrol in the western Austrian Alps. Thanks Rachel…This looks a little scary, but also fun at the same time. As more or less Santa’s evil twin, Krampus accompanied the ho-ho-hoer on his merry sleigh-borne rounds. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. Some of the marchers are acrobatic, doing flips and cartwheels. Like Krampus himself, his namesake parade is far from sweet and tidy. at this time of year. I am not sure I could take my eldest I think it would give him nightmares for weeks.