Are you on the naughty list?
Krampus at the Crags this Christmas – 21 December
On the darkest day of the year the ancient caves at Creswell Crags will be visited by a sinister figure known across Europe for punishing bad children at Christmas-time.
Krampus – a name that strikes healthy fear into the hearts of children across Europe, from Austria and Bavaria to the Czech Republic and Hungary – has recently become more familiar in the UK. On 21st December, naughty children watch out, for he’ll be at Creswell Crags on the Nottinghamshire-Derbyshire border.
Depending on which tradition you follow, Krampus usually accompanies St Nicholas to punish bad children – either by beating them with a stick, putting them in a sack, or giving them coal. A horned figure, usually goat-like in appearance, Krampus has also been the subject of movies and tales.
This has opened the door to an exploration of myth, folklore and fear across Europe, to understand where these marks fit. And the Krampus is an important part of that tradition.
Not that the Krampus is coming far to pay the Crags a visit. In fact, there is a successful ‘Krampus Run’ charity event every year in Whitby, North Yorkshire, and it is from there that the Krampus – and friends – are travelling.
In addition to this, if the Christmas preparations have been getting a bit too much, there is a chance to hurl an axe at a target. The Crags will be playing host to Battleaxe, and their mobile axe throwing unit, from Sheffield, all part of the ticket price. “According to some versions of the myth, Krampus was the son of the Norse goddess Hel” said Nick Pearson of Battleaxe. “As huge Viking enthusiasts this was too good an opportunity to pass up! What better way of celebrating the Winter Solstice than facing off against the shadow of St Nick and hurling axes? Being able to celebrate it at Creswell Crags, with their unique heritage, will make this a celebration to remember.”
“Creswell Crags is a place of human stories, and superstitions, going back to prehistory. It seems appropriate, in this setting, to welcome one of the scarier aspects of Christmas, hosted in a cave full of Witch Marks. We hope with the Krampus, fire pit and axe throwing, to create an event that is very different from most Christmas events but which will bring people closer to some of the traditions of this dark part of the year,” said Rebecca Morris-Buck, Communications Manager at Creswell Crags.
Tickets are available via Eventbrite at £15 per person: