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Photos: Krampus comes to Market Square

Andrew Russell
| Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, 11:30 p.m.
Karcyn Hartman, of East Deer hugs Krampus, played by Shawn Lowry of Mt. Pleasant, as Hartman's brother, Killian Hartman looks on during the second annual Krampusnacht in Market Square’s “Christmas Village,” Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2015. Krampus is a mythic figure known to appear on Dec. 5,  acting as an anti-Santa, punishing the naughty and sparing the nice.
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Karcyn Hartman, of East Deer hugs Krampus, played by Shawn Lowry of Mt. Pleasant, as Hartman's brother, Killian Hartman looks on during the second annual Krampusnacht in Market Square’s “Christmas Village,” Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2015. Krampus is a mythic figure known to appear on Dec. 5, acting as an anti-Santa, punishing the naughty and sparing the nice.
Jamie Apgar, of East Liberty poses for the camera in full Krampus Makeup during the second annual Krampusnacht in Market Square’s “Christmas Village,” Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2015. Krampus is a mythic figure known to appear on Dec. 5,  acting as an anti-Santa, punishing the naughty and sparing the nice.
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Jamie Apgar, of East Liberty poses for the camera in full Krampus Makeup during the second annual Krampusnacht in Market Square’s “Christmas Village,” Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2015. Krampus is a mythic figure known to appear on Dec. 5, acting as an anti-Santa, punishing the naughty and sparing the nice.
An actor dressed as Krampus cheers during the second annual Krampusnacht in Market Square’s “Christmas Village,” Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2015. Krampus is a mythic figure known to appear on Dec. 5,  acting as an anti-Santa, punishing the naughty and sparing the nice.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
An actor dressed as Krampus cheers during the second annual Krampusnacht in Market Square’s “Christmas Village,” Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2015. Krampus is a mythic figure known to appear on Dec. 5, acting as an anti-Santa, punishing the naughty and sparing the nice.
The crowd reacts to the Krampus parade during the second annual Krampusnacht in Market Square’s “Christmas Village,” Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2015. Krampus is a mythic figure known to appear on Dec. 5,  acting as an anti-Santa, punishing the naughty and sparing the nice.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
The crowd reacts to the Krampus parade during the second annual Krampusnacht in Market Square’s “Christmas Village,” Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2015. Krampus is a mythic figure known to appear on Dec. 5, acting as an anti-Santa, punishing the naughty and sparing the nice.
Eric Dallmus of Baldwin poses with Krampus, played by Shawn Lowry of Mt. Pleasant, during the second annual Krampusnacht in Market Square’s “Christmas Village,” Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2015. Krampus is a mythic figure known to appear on Dec. 5,  acting as an anti-Santa, punishing the naughty and sparing the nice.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Eric Dallmus of Baldwin poses with Krampus, played by Shawn Lowry of Mt. Pleasant, during the second annual Krampusnacht in Market Square’s “Christmas Village,” Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2015. Krampus is a mythic figure known to appear on Dec. 5, acting as an anti-Santa, punishing the naughty and sparing the nice.
Member of the band Sleigher, Josh Potosky, gets some final detail work done to his Krampus costume by Chaa Smith of Moon, playing St. Lucia during the second annual Krampusnacht in Market Square’s “Christmas Village,” Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2015. Krampus is a mythic figure known to appear on Dec. 5,  acting as an anti-Santa, punishing the naughty and sparing the nice.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Member of the band Sleigher, Josh Potosky, gets some final detail work done to his Krampus costume by Chaa Smith of Moon, playing St. Lucia during the second annual Krampusnacht in Market Square’s “Christmas Village,” Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2015. Krampus is a mythic figure known to appear on Dec. 5, acting as an anti-Santa, punishing the naughty and sparing the nice.
Sylvia Stameaugh, of the South Side tries on her Krampus horns during the second annual Krampusnacht in Market Square’s “Christmas Village,” Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2015. Krampus is a mythic figure known to appear on Dec. 5,  acting as an anti-Santa, punishing the naughty and sparing the nice.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Sylvia Stameaugh, of the South Side tries on her Krampus horns during the second annual Krampusnacht in Market Square’s “Christmas Village,” Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2015. Krampus is a mythic figure known to appear on Dec. 5, acting as an anti-Santa, punishing the naughty and sparing the nice.
Angela Musser of Carrick adjusts her Krampus mask during the second annual Krampusnacht in Market Square’s “Christmas Village,” Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2015. Krampus is a mythic figure known to appear on Dec. 5,  acting as an anti-Santa, punishing the naughty and sparing the nice.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Angela Musser of Carrick adjusts her Krampus mask during the second annual Krampusnacht in Market Square’s “Christmas Village,” Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2015. Krampus is a mythic figure known to appear on Dec. 5, acting as an anti-Santa, punishing the naughty and sparing the nice.
Gina Menold of the West End poses for the camera in full Krampus Makeup during the second annual Krampusnacht in Market Square’s “Christmas Village,” Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2015. Krampus is a mythic figure known to appear on Dec. 5,  acting as an anti-Santa, punishing the naughty and sparing the nice.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Gina Menold of the West End poses for the camera in full Krampus Makeup during the second annual Krampusnacht in Market Square’s “Christmas Village,” Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2015. Krampus is a mythic figure known to appear on Dec. 5, acting as an anti-Santa, punishing the naughty and sparing the nice.

Downtown's Market Square was filled Tuesday night with holiday revelers at the second annual Krampusnacht where they celebrated an obscure Christmas-themed character from German folklore who's known to dole out more punishment than presents.

People gathered at the “Christmas Village” to observe Krampus, a mythic cloven-footed figure known to appear on Dec. 5 while acting as an anti-Santa, punishing the naughty and sparing the nice.

Krampus is said to carry bundles of birch branches to whip the bad children and a basket or sack to carry away the worst.

The event featured photo ops with Krampus himself, a Krampus inspired pub crawl and a performance by the Krampus band, “Sleigher.”

Andrew Russell is a Tribune-Review photographer.

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