Krampus is coming this weekend to the Christkindlmarkt of the Germania Society in the canton of Colerain | Things to do | Cincinnati

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Krampus will visit the Germania Society’s Christkindlmarkt this weekend.

The bad little boys and girls better keep an eye out, because Krampus is coming to town.

Thanks to Krampuslauf Zinzinnati.

“While Sankt Nikolaus (German for Saint Nicholas) brings sweets and treats to good children, legend has it that Krampus punishes bad children during the Christmas season and captures particularly naughty children and carries them off into the woods”, brother James, co-founder of Krampuslauf Zinzinnati, says CityBeat in an interview.

The mythical beast usually walks the streets on December 5 during Krampusnacht (or Krampus Night, an evening of debauched revelry) and December 6 for Saint Nicholas.

But he’s heading to Cincinnati early, as Krampus — perhaps several of them — will crawl into the Germania Society’s holiday shopping market from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5 for sessions. photos and to spread the story of its role in German folklore.

And although the band claims to “put the ghoul back in your Christmas”, Krampuslauf Zinzinnati is very adamant they’re not here to scare the kids.

“Our goal is cultural education and the maintenance of this German tradition,” reads their website.

The Germania Society is also carrying on the tradition by hosting the self-proclaimed “oldest and most authentic Christmas market” in Cincinnati from November 4-6.

The annual Christkindlmarkt will be held at Germania Park, with a pavilion and heated tents filled with local vendors and imported goods. Find everything from German nutcrackers and tankards to cuckoo clocks and ornaments nestled among local arts and crafts. There will also be wursts, Bavarian pastries, mock turtle soup and traditional gluhwein (mulled, mulled wine).

In addition to Krampus, Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas will be present all weekend, and there will be a special lantern parade on Saturday.

The Germania Society’s Christkindlmarkt takes place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 4, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 6. Admission is $5 and free for ages 12 and under and active/retired military.

Germania Park is located at 3529 W. Kemper Road, Pleasant Run. More information:

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Alycia R. Lindley