Nutcracker in the Castle

November 17, 2017 to January 8, 2018

The Paine presents the scenes of the beloved Nutcracker story within the historic estate. 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 elaborately decorated rooms with a mesmerizing array of sights, sounds and surprises. 

There are three different ways to visit and enjoy the fantasy experience of Nutcracker in the Castle. Guests may take Self-Guided Tours, Candlelight Tours, and Guided Tours, with each style of tour offered at separate times. In addition to tours, guests are invited to visit the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cupcake Café for a scrumptious treat!  See below for more details about the types of tours, their dates and times, and the hours of the café.

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Self-guided Tours

On Self-guided Tours, guests journey through more than twenty rooms and spaces, which are elaborately decorated as the fantastic scenes of the Nutcracker story. On the first floor each setting features a large storybook with illustrations that reveal a portion of the fairy tale. On the second floor the rooms portray the home and lifestyle of the Stahlbaum family–Clara and her parents and brother–as well as the workshop of Godfather Drosselmeyer along with a wide variety of finely crafted wooden Nutcrackers. 

November 17, 2017 through January 8, 2018
Mondays–Saturdays, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Plus: Sundays, Dec. 24 & 31, 11:00 am–4:00 pm*
Closed Nov. 23 & Dec. 25

$12 Adult, $8 Youth (ages 5–17)
Members FREE
No reservation necessary

*Please note: On Sundays (except Dec. 24 & 31), the Paine is NOT open for Self-guided Tours. On Sundays, the Paine is open for Guided Tours only, which require reservations.

 

Candlelight Tours

Candlelight Tours offer guests an especially entrancing way to take a self-guided tour of the Nutcracker display. The lights of the “castle” are dimmed and the settings are illuminated by the glow of more than seventy Christmas trees. As guests enter, they are handed electric candles in brass holders to carry as they wander through the glowing rooms. This special self-guided tour experience is popular with people of all ages, especially children and couples. 

November 17, 2017 through January 5, 2018
Fridays, 4:30–7:30 pm
Plus: Wednesday, Dec. 27, 4:30–7:30 pm

$12 Adult, $8 Youth (ages 5–17)
Members FREE
No reservation necessary

 

Guided Tours

A Guided Tour of Nutcracker in the Castle brings the characters and scenes of the fairy tale to life. The tour begins with a festive party in the “Ballroom” with a string quartet playing Tchaikovsky’s renowned music. While guests enjoy punch and cookies, Godfather Drosselmeyer joins the party and begins telling the unbelievable story of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince. He then leads guests through the rooms of the Paine mansion, which are elaborately decorated as settings of the tale. His story culminates in the “Lands of Afar” where youth dancers perform selections from the ballet. Guests then tour second-floor rooms which are fancifully decorated as Clara’s family home as well as Drosselmeyer’s workshop. Youth ballet performances are presented by Valley Academy for the Arts.

November 18, 2017 through January 7, 2018
Saturdays, 5:00–8:00 pm 
Sundays, 12:00–3:30 pm*
Plus: Tuesday, Dec. 26 and Thursday, Dec. 28, 5:00-8:00 pm

Tours begin every 30 min. and last 1 hour.

$25 Adult ($20 Member)
$20 Youth (ages 17 and under; $16 Member)
Reservations required.

Make reservations using the button below or call (920) 235-6903 ext. 30 if you need assistance.

*Please note: No Guided Tours on Dec. 24 & 31; the Paine is open for Self-guided Tours on these days.



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Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cupcake Café

In addition to tours of Nutcracker in the Castle, guests are invited to visit the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cupcake Café for a scrumptious treat! With the Sugar Plum Fairy herself as hostess, the café serves cupcakes and hot cocoa in a fairyland setting within the Paine’s conservatory. No reservation is necessary to visit the café; please note the café hours and coordinate visits before or after Nutcracker tours accordingly. Cupcakes are made by Tamara’s the Cake Guru.

November 17, 2017 through January 7, 2018
Fridays, 5:00-7:30 pm
Saturdays, 1:00-3:30 pm & 5:00-7:30 pm
Sundays, 1:00-3:30 pm*
Plus: Tuesday, Dec. 26; Wednesday, Dec. 27; and Thursday, Dec. 28; 5:00-7:30 pm 

No reservation necessary

*Please note: The café is closed Sundays, Dec. 24 & 31; the Paine is open for Self-guided Tours on these days.

 

Location and Parking

The Paine is located at 1410 Algoma Boulevard in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Visitors may park in the new parking lot on Algoma Boulevard located next to the Paine mansion, which offers accessible parking spaces and a drop off area near the entrance gate. (Wheelchairs are available at the Mansion's reception desk.) Visitors may also park along the street on Algoma Boulevard and Congress Avenue.

 

Photography

Photography is allowed during Self-guided Tours and Candlelight Tours. Photography is not allowed during Guided Tours except within the first foyer and first large room before the tour begins. Photography is allowed in the Sugar Plum Fairy's Cupcake Café.

 

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Hours

Now through November 16
Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM

Special holiday hours begin November 17.

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Paine Art Center and Gardens

1410 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901

(920) 235-6903

info@thepaine.org