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Pick up our Nutcracker trail this Christmas © National Trust

Pick up our Nutcracker trail this Christmas

Christmas is coming...

The Nutcracker 29 November 2014 - 4 January 2015

Join us this year for a magical Christmas experience inspired by the famous Nutcracker story. Explore an interactive family trail indoors and around the grounds, as the story unfolds through mechanical toys and puppets, lantern theatres, moving silhouettes, sound and film.
There are plenty of themed activities for youngsters to enjoy, and on selected dates, there's even a chance to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy.

A Christmas party

What presents are under the tree?

It's Christmas eve at the Stahlbaum house see what toys have been given to Clara and Fritz by Uncle Drosselmeyer, what will happen when the clock strikes midnight.

The toys come alive

Have a go with the automata in the gallery this Christmas at Mottisfont

See what wonders await you in the gallery as you help make toys come alive. Make your own Nutcracker to take home.

Explore outside

Explore the Land of Snow and ice this Christmas at Mottisfont

Follow in the footsteps of the Nutcracker and Clara and discover the Land of Snow and Ice in the grounds before entering the Land of Sweets and Mother Ginger's house.