Austria's bad Santa

Austria's bad Santa

The traditional Krampus race in Hollabrunn’s market square has delighted the hundreds of Austrians and tourists who have dared to attend.

The Krampus is the “evil” companion of Santa Claus. He punishes disobedient children, beating them with a rod.

The Krampus is an old Austrian tradition that has resurfaced in recent years and the Hollabrunner event is gaining popularity with more and more foreign tourists watching its spectacle of horrors.

The character of Krampus has evolved over time; while in many areas more traditional wooden carved masks are visible, latex masks are taking over.