A unique tradition.
Oversized masked figures sporting shaggy pelts, decorated with bells, dusted in soot and wielding wooden rods. Every year from the end of November until 5 December, as the days get darker and colder, when you hear the bells ringing in the distance you definitely understand that this is “Krampus time”. Krampus is a scary creature, who appears together with Saint Nicholas. The children who have been good receive gifts from Saint Nick, while those who have been naughty are punished. This folk custom is centered on the Alpine regions of Austria, primarily Tyrol, Salzburg, Styria and Carinthia, though also encountered as far afield as Bavaria, Slovenia and South Tyrol.