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Louisville Krampus Celebration in All It's Glory

Updated: Dec 7, 2022

Yet another year in the books for The Louisville Krampus Celebration presented by The Louisville Gore Club, who once again presented a vast number of local artists and performers in celebration of the legend of Krampus.

Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure in Central and Eastern Alpine folklore who, during the Christmas season, scares children who have misbehaved. Assisting Saint Nicholas, or Santa Claus, the pair visit children on the night of December 5th, with Saint Nicholas rewarding the well-behaved children with modest gifts such as oranges, dried fruit, walnuts and chocolate, while the badly behaved ones only receive punishment from Krampus with birch rods. - Wikipedia

This gathering of Horror meets Christmas fans offered an eclectic bazaar of "alternative holiday vendors" from across Kentucky as well as a pretty unique photo opportunity with Mr. and Mrs. Krampus themselves.

Live music, performance arts, and even a little bit of magic is among some of the other attractions that were available at this grand event. Performances included Scary Black, Darshwood, VaVa Vixens, Isolation Tank Ensemble, and Acid Witch. Check our some of the highlights, a few live videos, and more from the evenings festivities.

Acid Witch brought their typical stage setup with some addition of lighted garlands for a bit of a festive spin. Even brought along the vocalist of Child Bite to play the "Acid Witch" complete with a Bau Haus inspired Santa hat and a bucket of Christmas treats!

Among the performance, there was also a Krampus inspired Costume Contest which was sponsored by Bananafish Tattoo Parlor and even MC'd by Amber Bananafish themself.

Chalk It Up Kentucky was also present collecting donations and presents for Operation Present Drop. They we're abto sign up a couple sponsors to help out with this year's needs! More than 150 children have been provided Christmas by this annual program and any support is always welcome.

Photo courtesy of Amber Brown of CUIK

Fortunately I was able to assist with the entertainment and stage management again this year and am so excited to see how this festival continues to grow. Huge shout out to Art Sanctuary for graciously hosting once again. Always super helpful with this crazy event. Huge thank you to the sponsors as well: Caufields, Bananafish Tattoo Parlour, and Fright Bites!

The Louisville Gore Club has been a staple in Louisville's horror scene for over a decade now. They are able to present large number of events each year bringing in well known names from a range of horror genres throughout the decades, similar to many of the conventions you see in the summer. The weekly staple is every Sunday night at Planet of the Tapes. Also be sure to subscribe to their podcast so you can stay up to date on events and learn about some of the more obscure finds of this massive movie genre.


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