The Nutcracker Reimagined

Spend your Holidays at Hill-Stead!

This year, Hill-Stead and Ballet Theatre Company (BTC) are embracing the unique opportunity to reimagine the annual holiday tradition of The Nutcracker at the Hill-Stead Museum from November 27 through January 10. Both the touring costume exhibition, Through the Tulle coupled with a series of related events will take place at the cultural hub in Farmington to delight guests of all ages.

Most would agree that the holiday season wouldn’t be the same without the candy-sweet “Sugar Plum Fairy” or the glittering “Dance of the Reed Flutes”, and this particular season, Hill-Stead and Ballet Theatre Company partner to deliver a Nutcracker experience reimagined. As guests arrive on the historic property of Theodate Pope Riddle, they will be greeted with the artistic epitome of sugar, snow, and sparkle as Tchaikovsky’s romantic Nutcracker Suite fills the air.

Before touring the museum, which will be filled with over 20 sparkling pieces from the theatre company’s Through the Tulle costume exhibition, visitors will be transported to New York City’s Fifth Avenue for an enchanting window display. Inside the museum’s Carriage Porch, dancers will perform excerpts of The Nutcracker, complete with twirling, leaping, and pirouetting in their very own snow globe.

Guests then tour the historic house where the costumes have been laid out in rooms and carefully paired to highlight their respective room’s extraordinary Impressionist art, aesthetic, color palette, and mood. The costumes showcased exemplify the wide range of time period, design, style, and personality that BTC’s costume designers have mastered while outfitting dancers from productions of The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Don Quixote. While in residency at the Hill-Stead, BTC will include a few additional costumes from its production of The Nutcracker to decorate the house.

Rest assured, Hill-Stead has employed extensive safety measures and precautions to keep visitors safe. A sampling of Hill-Stead’s best practices includes hosting BTC’s dance performance inside the Carriage Porch while visitors observe from outside and providing safely socially distanced exhibition tours.

Related Events

Join us for these festive holiday events! Please note, tickets for all events must be purchased in advance. No Tickets will be available at the door.

Holiday Through the Tulle Exhibition Tours

Saturdays & Sundays, November 28 – December 20
Eight performances total each weekend between 1 and 5 pm
Delight in the magic of the season with costumes from BTC’s Through the Tulle costume exhibition, all carefully paired to highlight each period room’s Impressionist art, aesthetic, color palette, and mood. Inside the Carriage Porch, dancers will perform excerpts of The Nutcracker, complete with twirling, leaping, and pirouetting in their very own snow globe.

$20 members & children, $25 non-members
Tickets must be purchased in advance
Programs will be provided. Bring your own device and headphones to use our audio guide via your phone.

Snowflake Soiree 

December 11  & December 12, 7 pm
BTC’s resident professional dancers will present excerpts of The Nutcracker in an exclusive, private performance. Immediately following the excerpt performance, Hill-Stead will lead a Q & A between the audience, BTC’s artistic team, and dancers. Perfectly paired with the performance, thematic dessert and libations will be the icing on the cake.

$100 per person
Tickets must be purchased in advance

Help us keep each other safe and stop the spread of COVID 19

All ticket holders who attend an outdoor event at Hill-Stead, beginning June 20, must adhere to the following Visitation Protocols at all times while onsite. If a ticketholder does not wish to adhere to these Visitation Protocols, that ticketholder should not attend the event and should contact Megan Olver PRIOR to the event for assistance in obtaining a refund.

The health and safety of our guests and employees is Hill-Stead Museum’s number one priority. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. In the interest of your personal safety and community health, please observe all the precautions listed below.

  • Guests are advised to practice physical distancing by standing at least 6 feet away from other groups of people not traveling with them while standing in lines and moving around the property.
  • Children must stay with adults at all times and a minimum of six feet distance must be maintained between all other non-family members.
  • Face masks should be worn by all visitors six years of age and above.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed at entrances and high contact areas.
  • A first aid station will be accessible.

Hill-Stead employees have already pre-marked spaces on the lawn for your group. Upon arrival, guests will be escorted to a pre-marked space on the west lawn by an employee wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

For further details on visitation protocols governing Hill-Stead’s event series, including a map of our West Lawn event space layout, please click here.

We are closely monitoring government policy changes, Center for Disease Control (CDC) guideline, government mandates, and public health advancement, and will continue to make changes, as necessary or appropriate, to our protocols and procedures.

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