The traditional Krampus and St. Nicholas parade 2022

From 3rd to 9th December 2022
South Tyrol

We’re in late autumn now, the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer, the Christmas season is approaching and brings with it the traditional Krampus and St. Nicholas parade.

The Krampus are frightening figures descending from the Alpine region, wearing devils' masks and spreading panic to young and old, haunting the town centres. These terrifying characters accompany St Nikolaus in the parade dedicated to him. Therefore, as every year from 3rd to 6th December, myths and legends intertwine in the streets of South Tyrolean towns and villages. The procession begins at sunset when the bells of the Krampus announce their arrival. The city centres are therefore invaded by these demonic figures who are looking for adults and children who have behaved badly.  To put an end to this terror will be St. Nicholas, who in the traditional procession will follow the Krampus as if to drive them out of the city.

It is an eternal struggle between good and evil, where the winners are the children who receive sweets, biscuits and dried fruit as a gift from St. Nicholas.

St. Nikolaus and the Krampus are traditional and much-loved figures throughout all South Tyrol. n Dobbiaco, Lana, Cortaccia, Brunico and in almost every South Tyrolean town there is a procession with groups of Krampus who wander around the villages making noise and partying - be careful not to be targeted by these wild devils!

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