Krampus is coming to town: Ridgewood artists bring dark side of Christmas to pop-up market

Photo via Facebook/Krampus Holiday Fair

A new Ridgewood-based art collective featuring artists from Queens and Brooklyn is putting a different twist on a traditional holiday fair.

The Rock Paper Scissors Collective will be hosting the first annual Krampus Holiday Fair at The Cobra Club, located at 6 Wyckoff Ave., just over the Ridgewood border in Bushwick, on Saturday, Dec. 17.

The art collective was inspired by traditional Bavarian holiday markets where one of the more popular fixtures is Krampus, a mythical half-goat, half-demon holiday creature. Unlike jolly old St. Nick, Krampus is said to bring gifts of chains and tree branches to punish the boys and girls who misbehaved.

According to legend, Krampus is often depicted with large horns, cloven hooves, fangs and a long tongue.

The Rock Paper Scissors’ Krampus Holiday Fair is a pop-up market and offers an alternative to the traditional holiday markets. The fair will proudly feature goods created by local artists and artisans who live and work throughout both Queens and Brooklyn.

Some of the vendors that will be on hand at the market to help customers find unique gifts for everyone on their nice and naughty lists include House of Mars, Jackie Hates You, Lulu’s Gourmet Dog Treats, mVOLIe, Munch Art Studio, Rue 78 Vintage, UltraFresca, Whimsical Art Shop and Witches Brew Press.

In tune with the Krampus theme, the holiday market will include Krampus-inspired ornaments, crowns, holiday cards, gifts, wearable art, treats and much more. Each artist will incorporate different incarnations of the Krampus, ranging from the comical and cute to the dark and demonic.

The Cobra Club will be offering Counter Culture coffee and specialty cocktails including their famous Devil Lock cocktail, which is a potent mix of Jalapeno-infused tequila, fresh lime, fresh orange, agave and Tabasco. Immediately following the market — which runs from 4 to 8 p.m. — there will be live music from Glowing-Eyed Friends, Powdermaker and Terra & the Dactyls following the market at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover for the show.