Celebrate the Dark Side of Christmas with Krampuslauf

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Santa is a sweet, jolly guy with rosy cheeks and a sack full of presents. Krampus is — well, Krampus is not like that.

As National Geographic puts it, Krampus is “a half-goat, half-demon, horrific beast who literally beats people into being nice and not naughty.” Oh, and he’s also terrifying looking. And if you’ve been really naughty, he’ll fling you into the pits of hell.

In Germany, Krampus is a part of Christmas celebrations, providing a sort of sinister counterpart to nice old Saint Nicholas. The tradition is also found in other countries across Europe, including Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic. And now, finally, in Baltimore.

Over the past few years, Americans have been co-opting creepy old Krampus for holiday celebrations that are kind of like a fusion between Halloween and Christmas, complete with scary costumes, carols, and revelry. Baltimore’s Krampuslauf will start at 5:30pm on Friday in Hampden. It promises to be both a little bit scary and a lot of fun.¬†More details here.

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