Krampus is Santa Claus’s evil counterpart and is especially active on the evening of December 5th – the night before St. Nicholas’ Day.

Krampus knows everything about you and resembles a true devil with his goat legs, horned head, large teeth, and long red tongue. On his back, he carries a large basket or sack, which he fills with naughty children.

They are dragged back to his lair, where he devours them!

His cousin, Knecht Ruprecht, settles for whipping the naughty children with a birch rod and replacing their gifts with lumps of coal.