A Year of Collectible Holiday Nutcrackers

By | December 15, 2016

A Year of Collectible Holiday Nutcrackers

Nutcrackers aren't just for Christmas. There are collectible holiday nutcrackers for nearly every major holiday. See them here!

Nutcrackers aren’t just for Christmas. Did you know that there are collectible holiday nutcrackers for nearly every major holiday?

I received my first nutcracker when I was newly married – an Easter Bunny nutcracker. I have been collecting them ever since. I am working on adding a nutcracker to my collection for every holiday.

If you love collectible holiday nutcrackers as much as I do, keep reading to see some of the unique and interesting ones that are currently available.

In some form or another, nutcrackers have been around for as long as man has been trying to crack the tough nut shells to reach the meat inside. Decorative wooden nutcrackers, like the ones featured on this page, first appeared in Germany in the early 1800’s.

Nutcrackers aren't just for Christmas. There are collectible holiday nutcrackers for nearly every major holiday. See them here!

These early nutcrackers generally took the form of kings or soldiers. The nut was typically placed in the mouth of these figures and a lever was pulled that closed the mouth and cracked the nut open. Wilhelm Fachtner is known as the “father of the nutcracker” as he was the first one to commercially produce nutcrackers in Germany.

Today, there are hundreds of decorative nutcrackers available to add to your collection. However, these nutcrackers are more decorative than functional. My son actually tried to crack a nut with one of my Christmas nutcrackers and ended up breaking it, requiring some repairs. So I suggest you purchase a little metal nutcracker and pick set for opening nuts and leave your collectible holiday nutcrackers as decorations!

For more information on the history of nutcrackers, be sure to visit the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum. If you are in the Washington area, it would definitely be worth a visit if you collect holiday nutcrackers.

Valentine Day Nutcrackers

King of Hearts NutcrackerKing of Hearts Nutcracker

This cutie is on the top of my wish list. In fact, when my husband asked me what I would like for Valentine’s Day this year, this nutcracker was the only thing I told him. I have never seen a Valentine Day nutcracker in stores around here, but I found the King of Hearts Nutcracker on Amazon.

This Valentine Day nutcracker is 10 inches tall and is hand painted. I just love the detail on this King of Hearts Nutcracker – from the sparkly jewels on the hat, to the red heart in his hand. If you love collectible holiday nutcrackers, this is one worth adding to your collection.

Nutcrackers aren't just for Christmas. There are some cute collectible Valentine day nutcrackers to add to your collection as well. See them here!

Valentine Day Nutcrackers can be hard to find.  So what I did was purchase a pink nutcracker on Christmas clearance and decorate him for Valentine’s Day.  It’s a great alternative if you can’t find one to purchase. You can learn how I made him over at my Easy Valentines Day Nutcracker post on my other blog – Creatively Homemade.

St. Patrick’s Day Nutcrackers

Nutcrackers aren't just for Christmas. There are some cute collectible St Patricks day nutcrackers to add to your collection as well. See them here!
I love decorating for all holidays, big or small. So of course I had to add a couple of St. Patricks Day nutcrackers to my collection.

Nutcrackers aren't just for Christmas. There are some cute collectible St Patricks day nutcrackers to add to your collection as well. See them here!

This one I found at my local Michaels craft store. I got him for a great price by using one of their weekly 40% off coupons. Of course my Michaels only had one St Patricks Day nutcracker available. If you would like a bigger variety to choose from, check out the St Patricks Day nutcrackers available on Amazon.

Whether you want an authentic German nutcracker or are happy with the less expensive novelty nutcrackers, you are sure to find a wonderful St Patricks Day nutcracker in the selection below to add to your collection or you can see all St Patricks Day Nutcrackers on Amazon here.

Kurt Adler Pot of Gold NutcrackerKurt Adler Pot of Gold NutcrackerLuck of the Irish NutcrackerLuck of the Irish NutcrackerSt Patricks Day Nutcracker on Shamrock BaseSt Patricks Day Nutcracker on Shamrock Base

Easter Bunny Nutcrackers

Nutcrackers aren't just for Christmas. There are some cute collectible Easter Bunny nutcrackers to add to your collection as well. See them here!

A whimsical Easter Bunny Nutcracker will delight children and adults alike.  As I mentioned before, the very first of my collectible holiday nutcrackers was an Easter Bunny.  

I got him 20 years ago and still put him out every Easter. I love his pretty pastel colors and the cute little pocket watch!

If you look in the early spring, you can often find some Easter Bunny nutcrackers in the holiday decor section of your favorite department stores.

Amazon also has a great selection of Easter Bunny Nutcrackers. Here are are few of my favorites…

Mr. Easter Bunny German NutcrackerMr. Easter Bunny German NutcrackerMs. Easter Bunny German NutcrackerMs. Easter Bunny German NutcrackerSitting Mrs Easter Bunny Rabbit German NutcrackerSitting Mrs Easter Bunny Rabbit German Nutcracker

Patriotic Nutcrackers for the 4th of July

Celebrate the 4th of July with a patriotic nutcracker to add to your collection! These patriotic Uncle Sam nutcrackers could also be used to decorate for Memorial Day or Veterans Day.

Uncle Sam NutcrackerUncle Sam NutcrackerRed White and Blue Patriotic NutcrackerRed White and Blue Patriotic NutcrackerPatriotic Nutcracker with American FlagPatriotic Nutcracker with American Flag

Nutcrackers aren't just for Christmas. There are some cute collectible patriotic nutcrackers to add to your collection as well. See them here!
This Uncle Sam patriotic nutcracker is one of my favorites in my collection. He is a short stubby nutcracker and I just love his little red velvet coat.

Halloween Nutcrackers

Nutcrackers aren't just for Christmas. There are some cute and spooky collectible Halloween nutcrackers to add to your collection as well. See them here!

I just added this little cutie to my collectible Holiday nutcrackers this year. I found him at Michaels craft section in their Halloween decorations. They also had a few others to choose from, but I liked this skeleton nutcracker best.

Whether you prefer spooky or cute Halloween decorations, any of these Halloween Nutcrackers that will be a delightful addition to your holiday decorations this October.

Dracula Vampire NutcrackerDracula Vampire NutcrackerWizard of Oz Wicked Witch NutcrackerWizard of Oz Wicked Witch NutcrackerSteinbach Phantom of the Opera NutcrackerSteinbach Phantom of the Opera Nutcracker

Thanksgiving Nutcrackers

Let’s not forget about Thanksgiving! I think Thanksgiving is the only collectible holiday nutcracker that I don’t have for my collection.  I have been on the hunt for one though.  If  you are looking for one to add to your collection, here is a great selection of Thanksgiving nutcrackers that might catch your eye.

Pilgrim Man with Turkey NutcrackerPilgrim Man with Turkey NutcrackerKurt Adler Turkey NutcrackerKurt Adler Turkey NutcrackerPilgrim Man Thanksgiving NutcrackerPilgrim Man Thanksgiving Nutcracker

Christmas Nutcracker Figures

Nutcrackers aren't just for Christmas. There are collectible holiday nutcrackers for nearly every major holiday. See the selection here!

Here is my current collection of Christmas nutcracker figures.  I like to add a new one every couple of years.  I hope in the future to be able to add an authentic Steinbach to my collection.  (Hint, hint to my husband if he’s reading this!)

A Nutcracker is typically associated with Christmas, so of course I had to feature a few Christmas Nutcracker figures on this page as well. My favorite is the Gingerbread Nutcracker. I have my sights set on adding that one to my collection next Christmas.

Steinbach German Santa NutcrackerSteinbach German Santa NutcrackerGingerbread Chef Christmas NutcrackerGingerbread Chef Christmas NutcrackerSkating Snowman Decorative NutcrackerSkating Snowman Decorative Nutcracker

New Year Nutcrackers

Retired Steinbach  Millennium NutcrackerrRetired Steinbach Millennium Nutcrackerr

I don’t typically decorate for the New Year, because we don’t take our Christmas decorations down until January 1st. I have to admit though that this New Years Nutcracker definitely caught my eye.

This Steinbach Taron Millennium Nutcracker is German-made and stands 17.5 inches tall. With his bottle of wine and wine glass, this unique nutcracker is definitely ready to ring in the New Year!

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Nutcrackers aren't just for Christmas. There are collectible holiday nutcrackers for nearly every major holiday. See the selection here!

As you can tell, collectible holiday nutcrackers aren’t just for Christmas.  If you love to decorate for all holidays, big or small, chances are you can find a nutcracker to add to your holiday decor year round.  So tell me… Do you collect decorative nutcrackers?

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