Move over Santa, Krampus is coming to town! This mischievous holiday creature from Central European folklore is just one of the many traditions that will be explored this December at Old World Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Historical Society site hosts An Old World Christmas from 10am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8 and 14-15. Guests will immerse themselves in engaging and interactive experiences inspired by holiday customs brought to the states by the diverse cultures that helped shape the traditions many Wisconsin families continue to practice today.
Old World’s 1880s Crossroads Village will be decked in holiday greenery and full of buildings bustling with holiday preparations. Guests can help make Vanocka, a traditional braided bread; listen to live music, carols, and hymns; learn about holiday traditions like St. Nicholas and English Boxing Day; enjoy a scenic horse-drawn ride; take a photo in Santa Claus’ Victorian workshop and in front of the largest Yule Goat in North America; and visit with a few of the site’s four-legged residents in the barns.
Be on the lookout for Krampus, who will be wandering around Old World Christmas taking selfies with guests. Hot food and beverages are available for purchase.
Tickets are $12 for adults (ages 13 and older), $9 for children (5-12), and free for kids under five. Wisconsin Historical Society Members receive a 10 percent discount. Horse-drawn rides are an additional $5 per person.