More than 50 original paintings of Nutcrackers will be distributed throughout the city of Beaufort Nov. 23 through Dec. 11 to celebrate “It’s a Nutty Christmas.”

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without kooky Nutcrackers, and the city of Beaufort might not be the same after some 50 unique Nutcrackers arrive in businesses on Nov. 23.

Artist members of the Beaufort Art Association (BAA) have been creating 6-foot and 4-foot paintings on wood of unusual Nutcracker figures. More than 50 of the whimsical characters will be standing guard outside stores, restaurants, hotels, and other businesses through Dec. 11 for the inaugural “It’s a Nutty Christmas” event.

The fanciful event, appropriately called It’s a Nutty Christmas, was dreamed up and organized by Danie Connolly, a recent transplant from Maine to Beaufort, by way of Bluffton. Connolly previously owned a quirky and eccentric store called Absolutely Perfect in the Calhoun Street Promenade.

Business owners may “rent” the Nutcrackers for $125 each and have them on display during the Nutty season. Individuals are invited to sponsor the rent for a nonprofit organization to put on display.

The 6-foot-tall nutty Nutcrackers may be purchased for $500 each, while the 4-foot paintings are $400.

The public is invited to vote for their favorite Nutcracker and to take photos with the Nutcrackers. Those who take a photo of themselves with all the Nutcrackers will compete for a prize. The person who surrounds their favorite Nutcracker with the most people can win a prize as well.

Local dentists have judged the Nutcrackers for their smiles – the best, the most terrifying, the craziest and the goofiest. BAA will have posters of the winning Nutcracker smiles available for sale.

All proceeds from rent and purchases will go the BAA educational art fund for children.

BAA is located at 913 Bay St. For more information, call the organization at 843-51-4444 or Connolly at 207-985-8888