The Wren + The Raven Presents
Yule Night Market
Friday, December 16, 2022
Our first Yule Night Market will include a talented group of artists and makers selling their wares, tarot readings, a sale and photos with Krampus! Come have an enchanting evening during this time of Yuletide merriment! Admission is free!
Photos with Krampus
No Appointment Needed
Artists, Makers & Readers
Metal & Marrow
K Stires Designs
Jenna Park Art
Bridgette of Chelsea Moon Tarot
The Lore of Krampus
Krampus is a wicked folkloric figure from the Alpine region of Austria and southern Germany. Half man, half goat, this demonic creature was said to punish naughty children around the holiday season. He is often depicted wielding a birch switch and stuffing terrified kiddos into his sack or leading them away in chains. Parents would frighten children into good behavior by warning them that Krampus would come for them if they acted out. Some sources argue that Krampus harkens back to pre-Christian winter solstice celebrations and became integrated into Christmas traditions by serving as a dark counterpart to St. Nicholas.
Parts of Austria and Germany still celebrate Krampusnacht (Krampus Night), an evening where adults dress as Krampus to scare kids in their home, or Krampuslauf (Krampus Run), during which folks dress as Krampus and run through the streets in groups (likely after imbibing in their fair share of holiday spirits). One might hear “Gruss vom Krampus!” (greetings from Krampus) at these events; a tongue-in-cheek salutation from a delightfully sinister fellow.
So, embrace Krampus and bring some wicked, spooky fun into your holiday season! Just make sure you stay on the nice list; you never know who is lurking just beyond the line of dark, snowy pines!