Everything you need to know for Milwaukee Krampusnacht

Where is the event and how do I get there?
Milwaukee Krampusnacht takes place Sunday, Dec. 5 from 4-10pm at the Bavarian Bierhaus (700 W. Lexington Blvd, Glendale) right off I-43 and Port Washington Rd. It’s near Bayshore Mall and there are a couple bus lines that stop nearby.

Do I need a ticket to attend?
Yes (unless you are a performer, vendor, or volunteer). General Admission is $5, Kid’s Krampus Hour includes a craft project, visit from St. Nick and Krampus, and a candy bag (there are only a few tickets left) Ticket link: www.eventbrite.com/e/milwaukee-krampusnacht-tickets-201038269877

Can I get tickets at the door?
Yes, general admission tickets available for $5 at the door, cash only, you can help us by bringing exact change.

Is there parking?
The Bavarian Bierhaus has a pretty big parking lot. After it fills up, you’ll have to find parking out on Port Washington Road. Please do carpool, rideshare, etc when possible. Please do not park in someone’s yard.

Which way does the wind blow?
Weather report says there will be scattered showers. The show must go on and everything will move on schedule, rain, snow, sleet be damned. Dress warmly.

What is the event schedule?
American Science & Surplus Krampus Market open 4-10pm, over 20 local crafters with unique items, perfect gifts for everyone on your naughty and nice list.
4pm: Polka Joel
5pm: Kid’s Krampus Hour (special ticket needed)
5pm: Leaky Bellows
6pm: Sweet Sheiks
7pm: American Ghost Walks Krampus Parade (in beer garden)
8pm: Sunspot
9pm: The Quilz
Outdoor Bells & Chains Tavern open at 6pm, features hot drinks, games, post-parade performance by Spielmannszug Milwaukee, Dancing Witches, The Courtesan and the Cabin Boy: All Fired up for Krampus Show, DJ 10-foot Tall Krampus.

Milwaukee Krampusnacht 2019. Photo by Troy Freund Photography.

Where is the parade?
The parade starts at 7 sharp and people should gather in the beer garden area, which is a fenced in area. Gather on the sides of the path to enjoy the show!

Will there be food/drink?
Yes, the Bavarian Bierhaus has food and drink available inside (and Bells & Chains beer and hot drinks outside). Here’s their menu: https://www.thebavarianbierhaus.com/food-menu-2

Do you have shirts?
We did a pre-order on shirts, there will be a limited amount available, first come, first serve.

Is this appropriate for my kid, age BLANK?
We always say that it’s hard for us to answer that because different kids have different fear tolerance. We recommend Googling up some Krampusnacht videos to get their reaction. Here’s a video of our parade from 2018 from our friends at Haunt News Network:

Do you need volunteers?
Yes. Volunteering an hour or two helps make this a fun event for everyone and you’ll still have plenty of time to have fun. See our volunteer form: CLICK HERE

Do you need donations?
Yes. We had some unexpected costs, so people donating a few bucks really helps us out. Any extra money will be saved for next year. Donation link: www.gofundme.com/f/milwaukee-krampusnacht-2021-costs

Special Krampusnacht Rules

-Our Krampus and other costumed performers spend a lot of hard work (and money) on their costumes, so please don’t touch or grab them. Most will be glad to pose for a picture or selfie, just ask.

-Because of the ongoing pandemic, we highly encourage wearing a mask (Krampus or otherwise) in our American Science & Surplus Krampus Market room while shopping.

-There will be a lot of people there. Please be patient.

-Have fun! We love to see that many attendees dress up for the event (even if they’re not in the parade) with Krampus horns, ugly sweaters, and other festive outfits. So please feel free to dress up. The last couple years have been challenging. We’re so glad to be back– let’s have a good time and be good to each other.


Milwaukee Krampusnacht Outdoor Post-Parade Show (at the Bells & Chains Tavern)

At Milwaukee Krampusnacht (Dec. 5), we will again have a Bell & Chains Tavern set up out in the beer garden area of the Bavarian Bierhaus. This year it’s a little further down the path than the pavilion we used last year. They’ll be serving a Krampusnacht favorite– the Bells & Chains dopplebock, plus hot drinks like coffee and spiked cocoa. The bar opens out there at 6pm and the Riverwest Revelers, a caroling group, are going to kick it off at 6 by singing some holiday songs.

We’ll also have our Krampholio baby bean bag toss set up! And before you head out to the beer garden, stop by the registration table and get a scavenger hunt sheet– they’re a dollar (which will be donated to Toys for Tots) and includes clues in the beer garden area).

The American Ghost Walks Krampus Parade is at 7 sharp. This year, we encourage everyone to go down into the beer garden area and stand on the sides of the path, that’s the safest place to be. The parade features the Kramous horde, St. Nick, angels handing out treats, the Spielmannszug Milwaukee marching band, dancing witches, and other holiday folklore characters. Enjoy the parade, but please don’t touch the performer’s costumes– they put a lot of work (and money) into them.

After the parade we are going to have a post-parade show in the outdoor beer garden area that features:

Spielmannszug Milwaukee
-Krampusnacht Dancing Witches (a great combination of participants from Windigo Fest, Women in Motion- Kenosha, and other dancers!)
The Courtesan and the Cabin Boy presents All Fired up for Krampus!

After that, a special set by DJ 10-foot Tall Krampus, spinning some Krampus themed music to enjoy while you hang out. See you there!
Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/milwaukee-krampusnacht-tickets-201038269877
Donations: www.gofundme.com/f/milwaukee-krampusnacht-2021-costs
Volunteer sign up form: CLICK HERE
Parade performer sign up form: milwaukeeparacon.com/2021/11/05/american-ghost-walks-krampus-parade-registration-form


Dancing witches! Photo by Troy Freund Photography.

Milwaukee Krampusnacht Vendor of the Week: Mendoza’s Curiosities

We’re so glad to have talented artist Estephanie Mendoza on this year’s vendor floor. Este created our awesome Milwaukee Paranormal Conference art for 2021 and she’s got a beautiful selection of illustrations and crafts for Milwaukee Krampusnacht. The Krampus stuff is great, of course, but we love the fact that she created some Mari Lwyd art as well (the Mari Lwyd comes from a Welsh tradition and we’ve featured one in our Krampus Parade since 2018).

Mendoza’s Curiosities: www.mendozaillustrations.com

Tickets and more event info here: milwaukeeparacon.com/krampus

Kid’s Krampus Hour and other Krampusnacht ACTIVITIES

Kid’s Krampus Hour

Milwaukee Krampusnacht is all about having fun! We’re glad to announce some returning favorite activities, and a new one, too.

Kid’s Krampus Hour is back this year. Tickets are limited (however, if demand is strong enough, we might add a second session). Your ticket gets your kiddo in to create a craft project (a mask). St. Nick and Krampus visit the kids to hand out candy bags and then the kids have a short KinderKrampus Parade through the Bierhaus.

Adults, you need to have your own General Admission ticket to attend. You’re welcome to hang out with your child for the hour, or you can drop them off and go check out our vendor floor or the live music going on in the beer hall. Kid’s Krampus Hour takes place in the Bavarian Bierhaus’s Weinstubbe room, downstairs. When you walk in the front door, you’ll see a stairwell going downstairs. Our volunteers at the registration table can point it out.

Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/milwaukee-krampusnacht-tickets-201038269877

St. Nick (Kyle Starr) and Krampus (Scott Wolter, RIP) visit for Kid’s Krampus Hour, 2019. Photo by Troy Freund.
Kids creating their masks, 2019. Photo by Troy Freund.

White Elephant Gift Exchange

This has become a Krampusnacht favorite tradition. Bring a wrapped gift, we recommend it be something strange, eerie, creepy somewhere in the $10-15 range. Bring your gift into the main Beer Hall room. Next to the stage, you’ll see a table set up. There will be a volunteer there that will give you a ticket that acts as proof that you delivered a gift. The table is open 4-8pm. At 8pm, you can pick up a gift (don’t choose your own!). If you need to leave before 8, just talk to the volunteer.

Krampusnacht Scavenger Hunt

New activity! The Krampusnacht Scavenger Hunt runs 4-10pm. Stop by our registration table in the front entrance. It costs $1 to participate (that money will be donated to Toys for Tots, see below). You will be given a sheet with clues of 10 things you need to take a picture of at Krampusnacht. Post your pics on social media with the hashtag #MKEkrampusnacht21 and we will pick 5 random winners for a cool gift bag! This is the prototype year for this, if people enjoy participating in it. we’ll expand it in the future.

Toys for Tots drive/raffle

This will be our third year supporting the Marines Toys for Tots Program, which delivers gifts to families in need. Bring an unwrapped new toy to donate. We also will be selling $1 raffle tickets for a basket filled with cool stuff donated by our vendors. 100% of raffle ticket sales (and scavenger hunt entries) will be donated to Toys for Tots.

We’d also like to suggest shopping local at American Science & Surplus for white elephant and Toys for Tots. They are an event sponsor for the third year in a row and also probably the coolest store in Milwaukee.

As we said, Milwaukee Krampusnacht is about having fun, and it’s also about sharing. Be good to each other!

P.S. Krampusnacht merch is by pre-order only, and is open til 11/19: milwaukeeparacon.com/2021/11/10/milwaukee-krampusnacht-merch-pre-order-open-until-11-19/

Milwaukee Krampusnacht Merch Pre-order Open Until 11/19

For a variety of reasons, our Milwaukee Krampusnacht merch is on a tight deadline and we are limited in our offerings this year. Shirts and sweatshirts are only available through pre-order this year (there will be a few extra unisex Ts at the event, but those will go quick). Stickers, pins, and posters will be available at the event and do not need to be pre-ordered.

Below is the merch design, by Stinky Goblin Emporium (please ignore the design as it appears on Square as they cropped off part of the lettering because it’s not square shaped)

Unisex black T-shirt, S-3XL, $15-$17

Women’s cut black T-shirt, S-3XL, $15-17

Unisex longsleeve black T-shirt, S-3XL, $22-25

Unisex black zip-up hoodie, S-3XL, $35-37

THESE ARE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER ONLY. Pre-order is open until 11/19 at 5pm CST.

The items will be available for pick up at Milwaukee Krampusnacht, Dec. 5, from our merch table. You still need a ticket to get in: https://milwaukeeparacon.com/krampus/ If you want to get an order shipped, please email with a list of what you’d like to order and we can arrange a shipment: milwaukeeparacon@gmail.com

Discounted Milwaukee Paranormal Conference merch is also available for pickup at the event.

Here is the merch link: milwaukee-para-con.square.site

Milwaukee Krampusnacht Vendor of the Week: Stinky Goblin Emporium

Stinky Goblin Emporium has been part of Milwaukee Krampusnacht since year one and they have created our incredibly awesome event/t-shirt art every year. They say they love Krampusnacht, and we certainely love them. From the Goblins’ mouth:

“Stinky Goblin Emporium loves Krampusnacht! This year we will be selling original paintings on homemade wood plaques, hand painted wooden ornaments, and some small water color paintings, most of which center around our favorite christmas demon!”

Website: stinkygoblinemporium.square.site

Tickets and more info on this year’s event: milwaukeeparacon.com/krampus/

And here’s Stinky Goblin’s art for this year– we will have a pre-order open on merch very soon!

American Ghost Walks Krampus Parade Registration Form

Milwaukee Krampusnacht is happening on Dec. 5 at the Bavarian Bierhaus. A highlight of the event is our annual Krampus Parade, which is sponsored this year by American Ghost Walks. The parade is at 7PM outside in the Bavarian Bierhaus’s beer garden grounds.

We encourage anyone that has a costume inspired by Krampus or other holiday monsters to participate in the parade. The parade also features angels handing out candy. Milwaukee Krampus Eigenheit is a Milwaukee-based group of performers who participate in Krampusnacht and other events. You can find more info on them here: www.facebook.com/Milwaukee.Krampus.Eigenheit

The Krampusnacht Witches are also part of the parade and do a witch’s dance after the parade. If you want to join in, talk to Women in Motion- Kenosha: www.facebook.com/groups/WIMKenosha

You do not need to have a group affiliation to participate, though, just a costume and a willingness to have fun. Just fill out the form below, with your name, email, and info on the character you are portraying. Parade performers get one free admission for themselves to the event.

Parade assembles in the parade green room (in the basement Winestubbe) at 6:30pm. Any questions, feel free to email: milwaukeeparacon@gmail.com

Milwaukee Krampusnacht 2021 is dedicated to the memory of Scott Wolter, pictured here at the first Milwaukee Krampusnacht in 2017. Photo by C.M. DeSpears

Milwaukee Krampusnacht Vendor of the Week: The Hodag Store

We’re glad to welcome a new vendor to Milwaukee Krampusnacht– The Hodag Store, all the way from Rhinelander, Wisconsin. The Hodag is another horned monster that calls Wisconsin home– the legend dates back to the late 1800s when a prankster named Eugene Shepard claimed he had photographed the monster in the woods outside Rhinelander. The Hodag has since becaome a Wisconsin Legend.

The Hodag Store (538 Lincoln St., Rhinelander) is your one stop Hodag souvenir shop with over 250 items– t-shirts, stickers, games, soda, hats, pins, earrings, and much more. They’ll have a selection of merch on the Krampus Holiday Market floor and you might even see a Hodag or two in the Krampus Parade!

More info: thehodagstore.com

You can find tickets, a music line-up, and list of vendors here: milwaukeeparacon.com/krampus

Milwaukee Krampusnacht Tickets (and Entertainment Announcements)

Milwaukee Krampusnacht planning is moving along. This has been a challenging year to plan an event, but as always, we are working hard to bring great entertainment, vendors, and performers to our event. The event is 4-10pm Sunday, Dec. 5 at the Bavarian Bierhaus (700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale).

Tickets are on sale now (noon CST, Halloween). The first 100 tickets are free (these will be gone within minutes) and general admission tickets are just $5. Children 12 and under are free (if they’ve been good, otherwise we’re charging them double!) We have always strived to make this an affordable event for anyone who wants to go. We do not have our Kid’s Krampus Hour tickets available yet, still trying to figure out some logistics. We’re hoping to have the Kid’s Krampus Hour tickets available Nov. 5– these will be limited to 50 and includes a special craft-making session, candy bag, and special visit by Saint Nick and Krampus.

General admission tickets available here:

The Krampus Parade is currently scheduled for 7pm. If you’re interested in being in the parade as a performer, we will have a registration form online next week. This year Milwaukee Krampusnacht is dedicated to Scott Wolter. Scott was an important part of this event– he participated every year and taught children about the Krampus tradition at our Kid’s Krampus Hour in 2018 and 19. He passed away last year and will be missed.

Scott Wolter in the Krampus Parade, 2019.

We’ve booked most of our entertainment, but expect a couple more acts to be announced in the next couple weeks.

Music line-up:

The Quilz

We’re thrilled to welcome The Quilz, a dreamy and cinematic synthwave duo to Krampusnacht!

The Quilz

Sweet Sheiks

Bringing back jazz and pop from the teens, 20s, and 30s, Sweet sheiks returns for their third Krampusnacht!

Sweet Sheiks


Weird Wisconsin rock anthems, Madison’s Sunspot returns for their second Krampusnacht!


Leaky Bellows

A Scottish Folk band focused on creating energetic arrangements of historical (and modern) bagpipe, fiddle, and harp repertoire alongside traditional songs and ballads.


Leaky Bellows


DJ 10-foot Tall Krampus (this Krampus will be DJ-ing at the outdoor bar)

Roaming Zombie Choir (they’re baaaack!)

The Krampus Holiday Market is the perfect place to get gifts for all the lovable weirdos in your life, whether they’re naughty or nice. We strived for a nice mix of vendors who have been on the floor before as well as some new faces.
Confirmed vendors:

  1. Official Milwaukee Krampusnacht Merch Station
  2. Stinky Goblin Emporium
  3. Milwaukee Krampus Eigenheit
  4. Deutsche Schule Milwaukee (German Language School)
  5. Memento Moira
  6. Gebhardt Trading Company
  7. Mendoza Illustrations
  8. Necropolis Curios
  9. Feral House
  10. Stone Troll Studios
  11. Mary Jane’s Closet
  12. The Hodag Store
  13. Krystel Bub- Tarot Readings
  14. Grave Digger Candles
  15. Beyer Beware Productions
  16.  Milwaukee Pagan Unity Community
  17. Cryptic Requiem Creations
  18. Triple Moon Sisters
  19. Deadgar’s Dark Coffin Classics

    Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/265649875404151/
Our 2021 design by Stinky Goblin Emporium

Milwaukee Krampusnacht Vendor of the Week: Memento Moira

MILWAUKEE KRAMPUSNACHT is happening December 5 at the Bavarian Bierhaus. Tickets will be live on Halloween! As always, one of our attractions is the Krampus Holiday Market where you can find gifts for all the spooky ooky people in your life. We’ll have a range of visual art, clothing, jewelry, candles, ornaments, books, Milwaukee Krampusnacht merch and much more. Note to vendors– we’ve had many inquiries about the vendor floor, and it’s great to see so much talent out there. We are already full up this year, but hoping to expand the vendor floor next year. Drop us a line at: milwaukeeparacon@gmail.com and we can put you on the contact list.

Memento Moira is returning as a vendor for Milwaukee Krampusnacht 2021, with dresses, bowling shirts, and messenger bags (in fabrics designed from her antique ephemera collection), jewelry, accessories, and holiday ornaments. Expect festive monsters, poisons, science, and vintage-inspired frippery. She can also be found at http://www.mememtomoirastudio.com or on FB at http://www.facebook.com/mementomoira