Favorite holiday treat: Walnuts, cracked by her nutcracker.
Drosselmeyer—known as “Uncle Drosselmeyer” to the Stahlbaum children—is a magical toy- and clockmaker. His shop is a major destination for last-minute holiday gifts.
Favorite holiday treat: A well-aged port.
A brutal dictator or a meek mouse with a Napolean complex? We’ll let you decide.
Favorite holiday treat: Cheese. Preferably from Marin County dairy cows.
As ruler of the Crystal Palace, the Sugar Plum Fairy commands a platoon of dancing flowers, ladybugs, dragonflies, and butterflies. She’s best friends with Drosselmeyer, and has a soft spot for the Nutcracker Prince and Clara.
Favorite holiday treat: Sugar plums, a hard candy made of sugar.