LA Krampuslauf at Art Walk with Moor Troupe from Austria




Have you ever dreamed of seeing an authentic Krampuslauf in Austria or Bavaria? This year Krampus LA is saving you the thousands of dollars it might take to realize that dream by bringing the European Krampus to the Downtown Art Walk. Joining our indigenous Krampus LA Troupe for our third annual Krampuslauf will be over a dozen members of the Austrian Moorpass (Moor Troupe), appearing in their traditional animal hide suits, horns, and hand-carved wooden masks! This visit by our friends from Maishofen on the shores of the picturesque Alpine Lake Zell, is the first ever large-scale visit by a European troupe to this continent. Also on hand will be Bay Area artist Kimric Smythe chauffeuring St. Nicholas in his amazing Krampus-driven steam car. The event is FREE and family-friendly, though naughty hipsters can expect much deserved switch-swats for all their misbehaviors of the previous year. There will also be food and special Krampus-themed beverages available along the parade route from The Must restaurant (117 Winston ) throughout.


Meeting spot for spectators is 101 Winston (at Main), with the Krampuses circulating along Winston between Main and Los Angeles Street between 7:30 and 8:30. You’ll find them; just listen for the bells. Photos with the costumed beasties will be available until 9pm sharp when the street reopens. For those who just haven’t gotten enough Krampus by then, there are rumors of a gathering in the woodsy environs of Clifton’s later in the evening.


If you have assembled a complete Krampus suit (not just a mask or pair of horns), we’d be excited to have you join in the run as a performer, but you will need to show up between 6 and 7pm at the parking lot on Third & Main so we can approve your participation and go over basic rules. We are also looking for wranglers to help insure the safety of spectators and Krampus (those masks can be clumsy). If you are interested in participating either as wrangler or performer, please email us by Tuesday, December 8. If you have a costume, please send a photo.

steam car

Kimric Smythe’s Krampus-driven steam car.