Nutcracker in the Castle
November 20, 2020 to January 11, 2021
The beloved Nutcracker fairy tale returns to the Paine "castle" with a mesmerizing array of sights, sounds, and surprises! This holiday season guests are invited to journey through the settings of the story on self-guided tours. Along the way, the tale will be revealed within each elaborately decorated room of the historic Paine mansion. From the opening party scene to the Land of Sweets and beyond, follow the adventure of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince.
On the first floor, each setting features a large storybook with illustrations that depict a portion of the fairy tale. On the second floor, the rooms portray the home of Clara's family and the workshop of her mysterious godfather, Drosselmeyer, along with a fascinating variety of his finely crafted wooden Nutcrackers. Throughout both floors, more than sixty mischievous mice are hidden within the settings. What surprises will you find? The adventure awaits you within the castle!
Monday–Thursday, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
Friday–Sunday, 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
Open New Year's Eve & Day, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
$14 Adult, $10 Youth (ages 5–17)
Free for children ages 4 and under
Free for Members
Join as a New Member Now and Receive Free Admission for 15 Months!
Reservations are required for Self-guided Tours.
For questions and assistance with reservations, please call (920) 235-6903.
Changes for Nutcracker This Year
Due to the risks of the ongoing pandemic, the Paine is only offering Self-guided Tours, which do not feature live performers. No Guided Tours with live performances or Candlelight Tours are being offered, and the Cupcake Café is not operating this season. Reservations are now required for Self-guided Tours. For more information about visiting this year, please read our answers to frequently asked questions.
Safety Measures and Guidelines
The Paine has implemented new safety and cleaning protocols to address the risk of the coronavirus. All staff wear face masks and frequently touched surfaces are routinely disinfected. In addition, we request that all guests wear a face mask or covering and maintain social distance from visitors not in your group. If you are unable to wear a mask, we ask that you delay your visit until the next holiday season. We encourage you to review all of our safety guidelines before visiting this year.
Become a Member!
Reservations for Self-guided Tours of Nutcracker in the Castle are free for Members! Plus, if you join as a new Member now, the annual membership will be extended by an extra three months, giving you free admission and benefits with the Paine for the next 15 months. Enjoy free admission to Nutcracker this holiday season and the next one, too!
Stay Safe Shop Local
Spend $100 at Oshkosh shops, destinations or restaurants from now until Thursday, 12/24 to earn a free beanie or pom hat, while supplies last. To create safe shopping experiences, participating businesses adhere to safety guidelines, such as social distancing, mask-wearing, online ordering, reservations, curbside pickup and sanitizing stations.