Gallery O on H Hosts Fourth Annual DC Krampuslauf

By Editorial Team on December 1, 2015
Photo courtesy of Phil Hutinet.
A Krampus at Gallery O. Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art.


Event: Saturday, December 5 at 6pm


The 4th Annual DC Krampuslauf. Enjoy a different kind of holiday celebration and raise funds for Santa’s Cause DC, a local charity that supports DC’s foster kids. Krampusnacht DC hosts their the 4th Annual Krampuslauf, paying homage to “Krampus” — Santa’s Counterpart from European lore that ‘punishes’ the ‘naughty’ children while Santa takes care of the ‘nice’. Kids activities, photos with Krampus and Santa and performances kick off a fundraising walk of the Krampus down H street and culminate in an afterparty with DJ and refreshments.

On the evening of 5 December (eve of the Feast of St. Nicholas), a beast-like creature roams the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells. According to Alpine lore, St. Nicholas is accompanied by several helpful attendants, one of which is the horned satyr known as Krampus. Whereas St. Nicholas rewards well-behaved children with gifts, Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair for punishment.

The evening starts at Gallery O on H with a family friendly reception featuring children’s activities, photos with Krampus and Santa Claus and live performances by fire artists Dance Afire and the Foggy Bottom Morris Men. Following the reception, St. Nicholas leads the ‘Krampuslauf’ or a charity walk ​on H Street N.E. Participants then will reconvene at Gallery O on H for an after party.​ ​No cover for the event, a $10 suggested donation or unwrapped Christmas gift is requested. Reception and walk are open to all ages. After party is 21+ at 9pm. Costumes or any reasonable attempt is highly encouraged.

Evening Schedule:

  • 6pm – Santa’s Cause D.C. Benefit Reception
    Santa Claus, children’s activities and live entertainment featuring Dance Afire and Foggy Bottom Morris ​Men
    Location Gallery O on H (1354 H St. NE DC).
    Suggested donations of $10 or unwrapped Christmas gift requested.
  • 7pm – Krampuslauf Walk H Street NE
    Start: 1354 H St, NE (Gallery O on H)
    ​​East on H Street NE to 14th & H​
    Cross over H St.
    West on H Street to 11th & H
    Cross over H St.
    Return to 1345 H St. Ne
  • ​​9pm – Gallery O on H ​with DJ Scruggs ​21+​
    Suggested donations of $10 or unwrapped Christmas gift requested.

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