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Beware! Krampus is coming to Market Square on Dec. 5

| Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, 10:33 a.m.
Participants dressed as 'Krampus' creatures parade during 'The Hike of the Krampus of Three Lands' in the centre of Podkoren, Slovenia on November 24, 2017.
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Participants dressed as 'Krampus' creatures parade during 'The Hike of the Krampus of Three Lands' in the centre of Podkoren, Slovenia on November 24, 2017.

What is Krampus and should we really be celebrating it?

Well, there's a group of people in Pittsburgh embracing the German folklore character, who apparently punishes children during the Christmas season who have misbehaved — kind of the opposite of Santa Claus, who rewards good behavior.

According to legend, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure. He appears on the streets Dec. 5 (Krampusnacht), the day before the Feast of St. Nicholas celebrated in parts of Europe.

So on Dec. 5, head to Market Square for Pittsburgh's second annual Krampusnacht, where a variety of people dressed as the hairy goat-like creatures will stomp through the quaint "Christmas Village."

New this year is Holiday Karaoke with a $1,000 grand prize and a photo booth where kids (and adults) can get their picture taken on Krampus' lap. Live entertainment will be provided by the all-Krampus band "Sleigher." There also will be the Straub Beer sponsored pub crawl led by The Pittsburgh Krampus.

"Pittsburgh is really getting into this holiday. We love Halloween, we're crazy about Christmas, and Krampusnacht is a little of both," says event organizer Mark Menold.

Krampus will arrive promptly at 7 p.m.


Need a primer on Krampus, check out the 2015 movie, which starred Adam Scott and Toni Collette.

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