Better watch out for the Krampus runs

Meet the evil Krampus. A demon with pagan roots, his name is derived from the word for claw, and he's recognizable by his sharp fangs, shaggy hair and horns. The beast carries a bell and chains, along with birch branches perfect for whipping naughty children.


By KAREN BRADBURY | Published: December 8, 2017

Christmas isn’t all goodness and light, at least not when the Krampuses come to town. The scruffy fur, sharp horns and bared teeth of this frightful beast have been scaring children of the Alpine regions into their best behavior for the past 500 years.

For a first-hand glimpse of these demonic characters, venture to Munich’s Christmas market, where from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 10, some 300 of the masked creatures will run through the city streets. They reappear from 4-5 p.m. Dec. 17; www.tinyurl.com/yaukp4qk.

The Krampuses make an appearance in Salzburg, Austria, as well. On Dec. 16, the “Day of the Krampuses,” the customs and work of the mask carvers will be displayed for examination. The Rauchnacht parade at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 marks the winter solstice. Learn more at www.tinyurl.com/y8hcwwq8.

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