Krampus Run around the Munich Christmas Market 2019

Krampus vor Rathaus, Foto: Immanuel Rahman
Foto: Immanuel Rahman

They look scary - but actually they’re totally harmless:

About 300 masked beings frighten passers-by during the big traditional Krampus run through the Munich Christmas Market on Sunday, December 8th 2019 - from 3-5 pm.

(Due to the corona pandemic, there has been changes in the year's event calendar. Updates to come soon.)

Photos: Thrills at the Krampus Run

The Krampus tradition

Krampuslauf auf dem Marienplatz, Foto: Immanuel Rahman
Foto: Immanuel Rahman

The Krampus is believed to be the scary assistant of the kind Saint Nicholas. Whereas the latter likes to turn a blind eye when children are naughty, the Krampus prefers to rattle his chain in a terrifying manner, to attain the required level of respect and to reprimand stubborn contemporaries. The Krampus Run dates back 500 years to a tradition from the Alpine regions. As early as the 16th century, the “Klabaufs” paraded round. Schoolchildren, choirmasters and teachers at the Frauenkirche and St Peter’s church dressed up as bishops and caused so much unrest that the police had to be summoned. The tradition of the Krampus Run is once again very popular, especially among young people.

Elaborate and expensive costumes

, Foto: Immanuel Rahman
Foto: Immanuel Rahman

The elaborately designed costumes are reordered every year and differ according to the figure portrayed. The “Perchten” who were originally believed to drive away winter, wear between 4 and 10 horns, while the Krampuses can be recognised by their two-horn mask. One costume costs between 1800 and 2500 EUR. The Krampus outfits are not only expensive but also really heavy to wear. A mask can easily weight up to 10 kilograms - no wonder that the runners are really out of breath after the Krampus run...

Watch out for the Krampus!

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