Krampus processions and Saint Nicholas Day
In the run-up to Christmas, Salzburg is not only known for its glittering markets and soothing carols. There is also a place for processions of evil creatures - Krampus! This ancient pagan tradition in the Alpine region is intertwined with the Christian feast of St. Nicholas (6 December), when Krampus scares disobedient children and St. Nicholas rewards the obedient. Events with Krampuses usually begin about two weeks before St. Nicholas.