About Krampus

In Austro-Bavarian Alpine folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure described as "half-goat, half-demon", who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts. Regions in Austria feature similar figures and, more widely, Krampus is one of a number of Companions of Saint Nicholas in regions of Europe. The origin of the figure is unclear; some folklorists and anthropologists have postulated a pre-Christian origin for the figure...
In traditional parades and in such events as the Krampuslauf (English: Krampus run), young men dressed as Krampus participate; such events occur annually in most Alpine towns. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten.
Krampus carries chains, thought to symbolize the binding of the Devil by the Christian Church. He thrashes the chains for dramatic effect. The chains are sometimes accompanied with bells of various sizes. Of more pagan origins are the ruten, bundles of birch branches that Krampus carries and with which he occasionally swats children. The ruten may have had significance in pre-Christian pagan initiation rites. The birch branches are replaced with a whip in some representations. Sometimes Krampus appears with a sack or a basket strapped to his back; this is to cart off evil children for drowning, eating, or transport to Hell. Some of the older versions make mention of naughty children being put in the bag and being taken.
Wikipedia, 2016

What Do We Do?

We have our own charity event every December. Otherwise we participate in charity walks, community parades, conventions and any other cultural event on a voluteer basis.

Want To Get Involved?

First, visit the LA Krampus website for answers to many of your questions.

Then, if you want to be part of the performing troupe, get a costume together and join us! We hit Fountain Square in December.


Yeah! The St. Nicholas/Krampus tradition is considered a bit of a carnival, mummery and holiday rolled into one. The traditions get a little muddy, but typically you could be...

There are quite a few other Bavarian winter festival figures that could be included. You can read all about them in the book Krampus and The Dark Old Christmas. Otherwise we can always use help with organizing and general logicstics of making things happen.

What About Tradition?

We'll worry about that when there's more than a few of us in Indianapolis. No disrespect is intended and we hold the traditions and the purists in high regards. We are slowly moving towards more traditional costumes.

Need Some More Info? Want To Join?

Let's chat!

Our Facebook page is a good way to reach us. Also you can email us at info@indykrampus.com