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Explore the rich history and masterful art of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Nutcracker trail this festive season


Get up close and personal with the statues

Families are invited to experience the past, present, and future of the Royal Navy and the magic of the Nutcracker on the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Nutcracker trail this festive season.

Beginning on 1 December 2017, families can join an enchanting interactive experience that features 12 unique nutcracker statues standing at over six feet tall.

Follow the statues as their masterful and intricate carvings will depict tales of the Royal Navy’s history. While you admire the statues, the Portsmouth Military Wives choir will perform their own rendition of the popular Christmas carol ‘12 Days of Christmas’ to feature prominent points of Royal Navy History.

Commissioned artists from the public art collective ‘Wild In Art’ depict a wide array of Naval designs on the statues.

The statues will tell tales of Royal Naval history


Dancers and little sailors line up

From modern day warships like the HMS Queen Elizabeth, to tattooed sailors and legendary leader Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson and proud Navy wrens, the nutcrackers will provide little ones an special 3D artistic perception of the Royal Navy’s most significant history.

Guests are invited to enjoy the attraction throughout the Christmas season at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Victorian Festival, to 6 January 2018.

The Nutcracker exhibition is included in the cost of an All Attraction Ticket, which also includes entrance to the Mary Rose Museum, HMS Warrior 1860, HMS Victory, The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth and many other attractions.

The lowdown

Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets online for a 20% discount. Tickets for families (2 adults and up to 3 children) start from £64 when purchased online and £80 when bought on-site.

Discounted tickets can be purchased online at Portsmouth History Dockyard