Upon hearing the first few lilting notes of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," the enchantment of Christmastime officially begins. 

The Christmas classic celebrates another season brought to life by Ballet Arkansas. Accompanied by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, "The Nutcracker" performances will take place at the Robinson Center on Dec. 8-10. 

In addition to the performances, Ballet Arkansas will present the Land of the Sweets Nutcracker Tea on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 4-5 p.m. The tea will take place on stage at the Robinson Center. Guests are invited to take photos with the cast and enjoy delicious holiday tea and treats. 

To purchase tickets for "The Nutcracker" and the Land of the Sweets Nutcracker Tea, visit the Ballet Arkansas website.