The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is pleased to announce the tenth biennial Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party, Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St, Winona, MN.

This year’s Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party will feature two tea sittings (1 and 4 p.m.).  Attendees will enjoy sipping tea, nibbling on delectable treats, meeting and posing for photos with their favorite character(s) from The Nutcracker Ballet and enjoy the sweet sounds and sights of live music and a dance demonstration by the Sugar Plum Fairy. Additionally, the Land of the Sweets Gift Boutique, featuring holiday gifts and crafts, is available to the public from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for children and $20 for adults.  Individual seat reservations or a full table of six can be made online. Patrons will have the option to pay by check or online after the reservation is made.

The Sugar Plum Fairy Tea party is the first big event of the “Nutcracker” production season for MCA and its performing group, the Dance Repertory Company. The company will present the full-length ballet Nov. 28 – Dec. 2 at Saint Mary’s University’s Page Theatre. This year’s cast totals more than 100 members, including students from Saint Mary’s, Winona State University, and children and community members from the Winona area. For tickets to the production, call 507-457-1715 or visit

The Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party is made possible proceeds through the hard work and support of MCA dancers, families, alumni and other community members and local business. Proceeds from the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party go toward production costs for The Nutcracker and the MCA student scholarship fund.  MCA is a community arts school and affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of MN. If you would like to make a tax-exempt donation to support MCA or you are interested in volunteering please contact Jamie Schwaba at or 507-453-5501.

For more information call 507-453-5500 or visit Seating is limited, reservations are preferred by Oct. 26. The Valéncia Arts Center is handicapped accessible. Also don’t forget to post and follow with the hashtag #MCASugarPlumTea2018.

Thanks to the businesses, individuals and organizations that make our Nutcracker Season possible:

Photos from past Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Parties