Black Forest Krampusnacht Festival
December 4 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pmFree
Black Forest Krampusnacht Festival is an immersive fairytale experience, including the Running of the Krampus (Krampuslauf), local vendors & food, a beer garden, costume contest, live music (including polka!), free kids’ crafts & storytime, photos with Saint Nicholas, and a Toys for Tots drive.
The legend of Krampus is thought to originate in Germany. According to Norse mythology, he is the son of the goddess Hel, who is a daughter of Loki. Though the tradition of young men dressed as hairy, horned, and goat-like Krampii to scare away the ghosts of winter pre-dates the celebration of Christmas, it came to be intertwined with the legend of Saint Nicholas. In many European Alpine towns, it is Krampus who punishes naughty children while Saint Nicholas rewards the good.
Traditionally, Krampus, who has cloven hooves and goat horns, visited children alongside St. Nicholas; St. Nicholas would reward well-behaved children with modest gifts (such as oranges, walnuts, or chocolates) while naughty children would receive punishment from Krampus. Krampus predates the traditional Christian Christmas and has been re-created throughout Europe and the United States for centuries.
Have a look at the festival’s Krampus and kreatures here.
Due to the character of Krampus being potentially frightening to children under five years old or children that are typically scared of Halloween-themed events, Black Forest Krampusnacht may not be a suitable place for them.
Kemmerer Park in Jim Thorpe is located right across the street from the Harry Packer Mansion. It’s on Packer Hill Road within walking distance of the town’s main parking area on Lehigh Street. Nearby meter parking is available.