In parts of Europe on the 5th of December, the Eve of the Feast of St. Nicholas the Saint visits homes to give gifts to good children. He is accompanied by his dark counterpart The Krampus, who teases and punishes naughty boys and girls. Krampus festivals or runs are popular throughout Europe and now in America but had never been held in the UK, until 2015 with the very first Whitby Krampus Run, which was very well received even by naughty children and again in
2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019
with considerable media attention.
WKRV 2020 is now in the planning
So be prepared, for Krampus is coming.
Here is a link to a good introduction.
WKR IV 2018 DAY
The Parade starts at 3.30pm on Church Street, Whitby. YO22 4DE.
Wends it's way down the old cobbles of Church Street, moving to Bridge Street for a little performance
then on to the Market Place for the finale where you get to choose who will be St. Nicholas' right hand Krampus for the forthcoming year.There will be a presence in the Market Place all day,
Come and sit on the Thing Of The North's
throne whilst hes not watching or have your very own Grusskarten photo with a Krampus or two.
There will be some community stalls and also a great chance to grab some Krampus stocking fillers for your Little Hans und Lottie.
The whole event is put on as a fundraiser for Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary
as Krampus likes to do what he can to look after his fellow wild creatures.
WKR IV 2018 DAY
Alles are Willkommen to join Uns on Saturday 1st December for the fourth Whitby Krampus Run WKRIV.
VIER IST HIER
St. Nicholas will be with his Pass, dispensing an antidote to the season with their age olde wisdom. For Whitby is where the wild things still are. Have you been naughty or nice?
Follow the noise, the sturm und drang of
Die Krampus Krümpettes as they take the lead drumming, unfurling
contagious movement with interactive
crowd performance, guardians to
St. Nicholas as he decides your fate. Enjoy your very own Grusskarten and then decide once again which Krampus will be krowned.....
'The Thing Of The North'
WKR IV 2018 night
In the evening join our Krampus and friends as they let their hairs down.
EINE KLEINE NACHT ENTERTAINMENT
Featuring the 2018 Comeback Special
tricks,illusions and magik from the König.
The angels' horns of Whitby's very own
swampthings, emerging from the muddy banks of the River Esk in their trusty Russian Zil 131, each bearing a gift.
Followed by the devil's trombones of
the decaying demented horror punk sound of the very fine young animals.
Siblings Of Samhain
All held together by Mein Hostess
The Ein and only...
Prizes, thrashings and guaranteed chaos.