Early December marks not only the season of Krampus Runs in Innsbruck but also the traditional arrival of Saint Nicholas and his entourage at the Christmas Market in the heart of town.
With their long horns, satanic masks, iron chains and loud bells, the devilish creatures called "Krampus" that roam the streets of Innsbruck at night 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 heart of town. The first Krampus Run of the season takes place on December 04, 2022, when Krampuses from East Tirol march through the historic old town. One day later, on December 05, 2022, it is time for the arrival of Saint Nicholas and his entourage of angels, who gives tiny presents to children. The final procession takes place on December 07, 2022, with the "Perchtenlauf" through the main shopping artery of town, Maria-Theresien-Street.
Innsbruck Krampus Runs and Saint Nicholas Parade:
- Krampus creatures of East Tirol roam across the historic old town; December 04, 2022, 6:00pm
- Saint Nicholas Parade on the Innsbruck Christmas Market on Market Square; December 05, 2022, 2:00pm
- Perchtenlauf Run in Maria-Theresien-Street; December 07, 2022, 6:00pm