WHITBY KRAMPUS RUN Where Art and Folklore meet in a perfect setting.

Whitby Krampus Run

Whitby Krampus Run was born in December 2013 at one of Decadent Drawing's alternative art sessions. Elaine Edmunds and Laurence Mitchell, Decadent Drawing's creators, introduced the then little known Austrian/German folklore figure to their audience.

A custom made Krampus mask by Rubber Gorilla was worn for the session. It seemed a pity to not use it again, so the following day with it also being the Eve of the Feast of St. Nicholas, Krampus made his first journey around Whitby.

Photo by Sianéad J Sullivan


On the Eve of the Feast of St. Nicholas, December 5th, Saint Nicholas visits homes to give gifts to good children. He is accompanied by his dark counterpart the Krampus. In folklore, Krampus is a horned figure described as "half-goat, half-demon" who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved. Krampus can be found in several regions including Austria, Bavaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Northern Italy including South Tyrol, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

Whitby Krampus Run is our own particular interpretation and take on the age old European ritual, weaving in local folklore and wintry figures alongside our Krampus, Perchten and St. Nicholas. Celebrating an alternative Yule, aiming to bring the wonder and excitement of the festive season back in the ideal setting of Whitby’s streets.


Krampus finds some friends and roams the streets to punish the naughty, so begins the very first Krampus parade in the U.K. to bemused onlookers.

Photos by Simon Blackwood


Krampus not only finds more friends but also unexpectedly large crowds waiting excitedly to see what Whitby Krampus Run is about........ and with a busy Church Street, press attention and plumes of green smoke it would certainly be the last time we could get away with being unofficial.

Photos by Simon Blackwood and Mark Clayton

We also choose the charity Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary to donate any money raised from the event to.

Arya the three legged fox and one of our Krampus. Photo by Ceri Oakes.


With official permissions granted and help from Discover Yorkshire Coast 2017 saw Whitby Krampus Run grow. Creating links with other Krampus Societies in Austria and America. We also learnt of the fascinating Mesolithic Star Carr site and the findings of horned head dresses. It could be said that Krampus is now no longer an import but part of an extended history of man dressing as wild beasts. Naturally we incorporate our version of a Mesolithic Shaman into the parade. £1307.00 was raised for WWS.

Photos by Simon Blackwood, Cassandra Sutton, John Stokoe, Anna Marie Grinter


This brings us to 2018 where we will be building on the success of the event which to date is the only Krampus parade in the U.K. We will be adding new features each year. This year we are delighted to have secured some very experienced drummers to participate. Visitors of all ages have travelled over 100 miles to Whitby to come and see us which will also benefit tourism and help bring trade at what has usually been a quiet time of year in Whitby. Whitby Krampus Run IV is on Saturday 1st December.

How You Can Help

Putting on an event that is safe and enjoyable for all takes time, good will and funds. We are always keen to hear if you can help us in any way with volunteering as a steward, becoming a Whitby Krampus Run member as a participant or if you have skills and talents that can be incorporated into the event or workshops. We are working hard to raise money to put on WKR IV but donations, sponsorship and grants are also gratefully received to help pay for the necessary infrastructure for a safe event.

Contact & Social Media

Contact Elaine Edmunds or Laurence Mitchell by



07928 481030

Facebook Krampus page / Krampus group

Facebook Decadent Drawing page / Decadent Drawing group

Instagram Decadent Drawing

Twitter Decadent Drawing

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Photo by Simon Blackwood

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