Early December marks not only many Krampus processions in Innsbruck but also the traditional arrival of Saint Nicholas at the Christmas market in the centre of the city.
With their long horns, satanic masks, iron chains and loud bells, the Krampus figures which march through the streets of Innsbruck are a scary sight. The tradition dates back to pre-Christian times and has always been strongest in the Eastern Alps. Each year in early December the Krampus figures accompany the friendly and benevolent Saint Nicholas as he arrives at the Christmas market in the centre of the city. The first Krampus procession of the season takes place on 4 December 2019, when Krampuses from East Tirol march through the oldtown. One day later, on 5 December, it is time for the arrival of Saint Nicholas, who gives presents to children. The final procession takes place on 7 December with the "Perchtenlauf" through the main shopping street in the city, Maria-Theresien-Straße.
Programme in Innsbruck:
- Parade of Krampuses from East Tirol in Innsbruck's oldtown; 04.12., 18:30
- Arrival of Saint Nicholas at Marktplatz square; 05.12., 14:00
- "Perchtenlauf" procession in Maria-Theresien-Straße; 07.12., 18:00