Nutcracker in the Castle: 10th Anniversary


Photo by Eric Reischl Photography

Celebrating 10 years of delighting audiences, the Paine Art Center & Gardens in Oshkosh presents the scenes of the beloved Nutcracker story within the historic mansion. From the opening party scene with a giant Christmas tree to the magical Land of Sweets and the enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy, the tale unfolds throughout more than 20 elaborately decorated rooms and spaces, including upwards of 70 Christmas trees.



Valley Academy for the Arts dancers perform. Photo by Ken Cravillion Photography.

There are three different ways to experience Nutcracker in the Castle: self-guided tours, candlelight tours and guided tours narrated by Godfather Drosselmeyer. The Paine’s conservatory will be transformed into a fairyland as it hosts the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cupcake Café. Guests can stop in for a cupcake from Tamara’s the Cake Guru and a cup of hot cocoa after their tour.


Trees in the “Land of Afar”. Photo by Eric Reischl Photography.

Tours begin November 18 and run through January 9. For dates, times and cafe hours, visit

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