If you listened to the finale episode of the podcast’s first season, you’ll recall we discussed Krampusnacht, an ancient Austrian tradition occurring each year in early December where townspeople dress as St. Nick’s evil sidekick, Krampus, and scare the living shit out of local children.
As promised in that episode, I did my best to compile some of the Krampus-related festivals that will be coming up throughout the country. Check it out:
Asbury Park, NJ
Asbury Park will be hosting their 3rd annual Krampus event, Krampus AP, on December 1st and 2nd at Paranormal Books & Curiosities on Cookman Avenue. They’ll kick off the festivities on Friday with Pictures with Yeti and Krampus followed by the Krampus Film Festival. On Saturday, they’ll have events throughout the day, including Karoling with Krampus, Running with the Krampusses and Crowning of the Krampus.
The Vampire Court of Dallas will be hosting Krampus Nacht on December 17th at the Church on Swiss Avenue. This event will feature main stage performers, DJs, Christmas horror movies, vendors for all your spooky gift-giving needs and even a Krampus costume contest. As if there isn’t enough holiday spirit to enjoy, they will also be doing a toy drive for New Beginning Center of Garland, which helps those struggling with domestic violence.
Bloomington will host the Krampus Rampage and Bazaar on December 2nd. The event begins with the Bazaar, an all-ages event which features sack races, Krampus mask making, plus much more. At the Bazaar, you can pick out your “naughty” or “nice” sticker before you head over to the Rampage. Wear a “nice” sticker and you may receive candy from St. Nicholas or an angel, but if wear a “naughty” sticker prepare for Krampus to come for you.
Detroit will host Krampus Night on December 1st, 2017. Described as a “holiday-ish charity extravaganza,” Krampus Night features a ton of different events, including a Toys for Tots drive as well as a a Burners Without Borders Detroit canned drive to help feed the homeless this holiday season. In addition to the charitable portion of Krampus Night, guests can also indulge in a Naughty List Bazaar and Wreck the Halls Exhibition, plus much more!
Fieldsboro will be hosting their first ever Krampus Bazaar on December 9th. It will feature a variety of events for guests, including music, dark art, unique gifts/oddities and of course, a Krampus costume contest. It will also feature sideshow performances by Phialdelphia’s own Sickart Sideshow.
Los Angeles, CA
On December 2nd, Los Angeles will host its 5th annual Krampus Ball at Alpine Village on Torrance Boulevard. The Ball will feature a performance by Krammpstein (also known as metal band Rammstein dressed in leather, fur, horns and masks to pay tribute to the infamous Christmas devil Krampus). Guests can also expect to see an appearance by Krampus Los Angeles in their premiere seasonal outing. Themed costumes are encouraged (though not required)!
If you can’t make the Ball, LA will also host the free 5th annual Krampuslauf (Krampus Run) on December 14th. Dozens of Krampusses will pursue the brave, while children and more timid adults will be protected by St. Nicholas. If that isn’t enough for you, there will be an (also free) after party beginning at 9PM at The Lash nightclub.
Philadelphians can attend Krampusnacht Philadelphia, which will premiere on December 10th at District N9NE on North 9th Street. It will feature a marketplace where you can complete your holiday shopping for all the strange and eccentric people on your list this year. Guests can also anticipate getting “thrilled and chilled” by a variety of live entertainment as well as their very own freakshow, all for an affordable $5.
If you can’t make it to the event on December 10th, Philadelphia will also host Parade of Spirits (formerly known as Krampuslauf Philadelphia) at Liberty Lands Park on December 17th starting at 3:30 PM. They encourage guests to come dressed as Krampus or their favorite mythological shadow side creature from any tradition. Sounds like the Christmas version of Halloween to me!
On December 10th, Portland will host its 8th annual Krampus Lauf beginning at 4PM at Sewallcrest Park. Those who would like to participate are encouraged to dress up in masks, fur, chains, claws and horns. Once dressed, event-goers can walk down the boulevard chanting the Krampus Carol and spreading the “mirthful terror” of the season.
Washington, D.C. will be hosting its annual Krampusnacht DC on December 2, 2017 at Gallery O on H. It is a holiday event and charity walk benefiting Santa’s Cause DC, a project of Family Maters of Greater Washington which aids local foster children. Get your scare on for a good cause!
If you’re aware of any upcoming Krampus festivities that we haven’t mentioned, please fill us in by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can include it in our list!