St. Nikolaus giving presents to children Sterzing/Vipiteno - Stock image
Alto Adige, Crowd, Italy, North Tirol, Spectator
Sterzing/Vipiteno, South Tyrol, Italy - December 5, 2012: St. Nicolas giving presents to children during „Tuifltog“ parade in the streets of Sterzing (ital. Vipiteno), South Tyrol. As in many parts of Tyrol in Austria, southern Bavaria and South Tyrol, the day before the Feast of St. Nicholas, Saint Nicholas appears in devilish companion named Krampus on the streets. While Saint Nicholas rewards the well-behaved children with gifts, Krampus – a beast-like creature – in contrary, is punishing naughty, bad-behaved children. During a spectacular parade at night, costumed devils appear in the streets of Sterzing, terrifying child and adult alike, while St. Nicholas will greet and give presents to the well-behaved people. The traditional 'Nikolaus- and Krampusumzug' (St. Nicholas and Krampus Night) takes place in the beautiful town of Sterzing, South Tyrol every year on December 5.