Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

For decades, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park has been bringing enjoyment to legions of people through its contemporary and innovative marionette productions based on children’s classics. 



Returning November 12 through February 23, 2020

Yeti, Set, Snow! tells the story of a young girl named Widget, and her friend, Twig, who encounter a yeti named Pascetti and pet cat, Tinsel Kitty, on the first snow day of the winter season. Pascetti, who lives on a mountain top nearby, dislikes the snow. Through songs and snow day activities, Pascetti discovers not only that snow can be fun but also learns the value of friendship.

Nov 12 – Nov 30
Tues – Fri: 10:30AM, 11:30AM
Sat & Sun: 1:00PM
*Friday, Nov 29: 11:00 AM, 1:00, 3:00 PM

Dec 1 – Dec 22
Mon – Fri: 10:30AM, 11:30AM
Sat & Sun: 1:00PM

Dec 23 – Dec 31
Mon – Fri: 11:00AM, 1:00PM, 3:00PM
Sat & Sun: 1:00PM

Jan 4 – Feb 16
Sat & Sun: 1:00PM

Feb 17 – Feb 23
Mon – Sun: 11:00AM, 1:00PM, 3:00PM

Closed: 11/28, 12/24, 12/25, 1/1, 1/2, 1/3


Ticketing Info

Tickets for the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre are available here. Ticket purchases help to support free PuppetMobile performances in NYC parks. All ticket sales are final.

Please note: The Swedish Cottage performance schedule is subject to change. In the event of a show cancellation, all ticket holders will be notified via email a minimum of 72 hours in advance and will be offered an exchange or full refund.


After the show, join us for an additional puppet building workshop.

You and your child can build felt hand and finger puppets of your favorite characters in Yeti, Set, Snow!: Pascetti the Yeti and Tinsel Kitty.

$10 per child participant — fee includes instruction and materials to build one felt hand puppet and one felt finger puppet. Each child participant is limited to one adult/parent chaperone.

Friday, December 20th — 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Saturday, January 4th — 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Saturday, January 18th — 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Saturday, February 1st — 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Saturday, February 15th — 1:00 to 3:00 pm

About the Cottage

The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre was imported to the U.S. in 1876 as Sweden’s exhibit for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. The enchanting Swedish architecture and craftsmanship of the structure, suggestive of a model schoolhouse, caught the eye of Frederick Law Olmsted, who brought it to Central Park in 1877.

A traveling marionette company was founded in 1939 and in 1947 the Swedish Cottage became home to the company. In 1973, a permanent theater was constructed inside the Swedish Cottage, designed for marionette performances. Since then, hundreds of thousands of children and families from around the world have enjoyed its original productions.


West 79th Street & West Drive, Central Park | MAP

Walking directions to the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Birthday Parties, Group Rates & Rentals

The Cottage features a unique party room adjacent to the theater that comes equipped with child-size furniture, making it an ideal spot to host your private party. Group rates are available for schools and non-profit organizations. The Swedish Cottage is an approved vendor of the NYC Department of Education.



For more information please contact 212-639-1697.

Generous private support is provided by The Weininger Foundation, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and The Prescott Fund for Children and Youth. In partnership with NYC Parks and Historic House Trust