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"Krampus"

Krampus and Santa Claus in the Silandro-Lasa Holiday Region

The Wild Men of the Darkness

Before the contemplative Advent season in December, fascinating archaic customs, noisy rituals and processions take place in many parts of the Alps – like a storm before the calm, it shortens the waiting time, especially for children, til Christmas Eve.

In Venosta Valley, the tradition of the Wild Men has been preserved in its original form and is popular with guests and locals alike. On December 5th in Silandro and Lasa, the traditional Santa Claus and Krampus (devils) procession take place annually. Wild figures and black-clad messengers appear out of the darkness, the Krampus, tramp through the streets ahead of Santa Claus and make a hellish spectacle. The Krampus wear costumes made of sheepskin or sewn together goatskin and wooden masks.

The 5th of December has always been the day on which the Schellen Race takes place. For several hours, children draped with goat herding bells (Schellen), stroll along a set route through the village. On their way through the village, the children are tossed nuts, mandarin oranges and candies by onlookers.


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Hike along ancient irrigation channels at the Monte Sole, in the Stilfser Joch National Park or ride your bike along the Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta. Relax in small villages and peaceful valleys with amiable hosts. Discover numerous cultural sites and the unique culinary delights of Venosta Valley.
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