Ask Krampus


An FAQ to make your Milwaukee Krampusnacht 2018 (Dec. 5 from 5pm-11pm at the Bavarian Bierhaus, 700 W. Lexington Blvd. in Glendale) more enjoyable! A full schedule of events is at the end of this FAQ. This is a ticketed event. Read on for ticket link.

What da heck is a Krampus?

In Alpine lore, December 5 is a night that children are visited by kindly Saint Nick and his dark companion, Krampus the Christmas demon. The good are rewarded, the bad are punished, and then we return you to your regularly scheduled sugary, sappy Christmas season. Read more here:

Hey uh, my kid has a ticket to the Kid’s Krampus Hour. How does that work? 

Arrive by 5 and bring them down to the basement (turn left at bottom of stairs) to a room called the Winestube. You’re free to join them or wander upstairs for a bit while they do a craft project and hear some storytelling. At 6 sharp the kid’s Krampus parade leaves the Winestube, parades around the inside of the building, and then returns back down to the Winestube. Please pick your kids up there!

Is this too scary for my kid?

We always say it depends on your kid. Are they badly frightened by haunted houses/ scary movies? Then yeah, probably. Google Krampus parade and check out some videos, and make the call. Tell them it’s just for fun and they’ll be ok…unless they’ve been naughty! Mwu-hu-hahaha!

Who runs this thing?

It’s presented by Milwaukee Paranormal Conference and a group of Krampus enthusiasts from Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, and the Midwest called Milwaukee Krampus. We have united the Krampus clans and many other cultural groups are participating in this year’s event. This is our second year following a great success year one event.

Milwaukee Krampus group is on Facebook here:

Will Bavarian Bierhaus be serving food/drink?

Yes! They have a fantastic menu of German favorites and they brew their own beer, including a special dopplebock made just for this event called Bells & Chains! You can see their menu here:


I’m making a costume and want to be in the parade. How now?
If you haven’t registered, show up in your costume to the staging area in the far side of the beer garden by 6:30pm.

I’d like to volunteer at the event. How can I sign up?

Volunteers are a vital part of the event. Volunteers get into the event for free, and the shifts are short so you can enjoy the event. Just sign up here by CLICKING HERE

Huh? Why do I need tickets to this event?

This is a ticketed event for two reasons: the money earned from tickets goes to paying our awesome music line-up, and covers other costs for building and promotional materials– it all adds up pretty quickly. It also lets us know how big of a crowd we and Bavarian Bierhaus need to prepare for.

We have $5 advance tickets and will have a limited run of $5 tickets at the door. To get tickets: CLICK HERE 

Can I see the parade without paying for tickets?

Krampus will be patrolling for naughty children, not gawkers. You need a ticket to get inside which is where our amazing Krampus Market, music line-up, activities, (and warmth) are, so have a good experience by getting a ticket.

Where is the best place to watch the parade?

The parade will go through the Beer Garden– there’s lots of room out there. The Bierhaus patio is a good spot to see it from afar, and anywhere around the perimeter of the building.

Where do I pick up my swag that came with my ticket?

Right when you check in at the front doors. If you pre-ordered shirts via Square, those are at our merch table in the vendor hall.

I’m from out of town. Any recommended accommodations?

Yes. We’re glad to say the Brewhouse Inn and Suites is giving Krampusnacht attendees a discount on their beautiful rooms. More info here:

What type of stuff will I find in the Krampus Market vendor hall? 

Quite a great mix of gift items for the beloved weirdos in your family. Candles, jewelry, original art, ornaments, cards, dolls, and lots of unusual oddities are just some of the things. You can find a vendor list with links here:

We are also doing a raffle for a wonderful gift basket full of items from our merch table and vendor hall! Tickets are $2 and available in the main beer hall near the music stage. Winner will be announced at 10pm (or by e-mail if you’re not there). All money made from the raffle will be donated to Toys for Tots.

What about parking? 
Bavarian Bierhaus has a huge parking lot to accommodate the event. If you want to avoid the run around, we recommend you consider:
-Taking an Uber, Lyft, taxi, or the bus (routes 14 and 15 go very close)

Any other hot tips?

Arrive early, dress warm, bring cold hard cash because not all of our vendors might be set up to take cards.
– Participate in the white elephant gift exchange– bring a wrapped gift (around $5 value) and drop it off at the gift table (near the music stage) and pick up a gift at 8.
– Bring an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots, donation boxes in lobby.
-Get your picture taken in our Krampus Photo Booth in our Krampus Market vendor hall!





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