Nutcracker in the Castle

Next to summer in Oshkosh, the holidays have more going on in our community than any other. If you have never been to the Paine Art Museum and Gardens, this is a magical time to go.

Starting on November 18 through Jan. 8, the Nutcracker story unfolds in the Paine “castle” with the historic rooms elaborately decorated as the fantastic scenes of the beloved ballet. Special actor-guided tours with live music and youth ballet performances further bring the fantasy to life.

Revered as an “American Castle,” the Paine Art Center and Gardens presents the traditional Nutcracker story within the historic estate’s ornate interiors. The Paine’s original presentation of the holiday fairy tale immerses audiences in the fantastic scenes of the beloved ballet. 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 and sounds. Available by reservation, Guided Tours are led by a character actor and feature live music and youth ballet performances during the magical journey.

New this year, Candlelight Tours are an especially spellbinding way for people  to view the Nutcracker display.  On special evenings, visitors carry flickering electric candles as they wander through darkened rooms of the mansion illuminated by the glow of the Christmas trees.