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

The Christmas classic will once again be brought to life by Ballet Arkansas this season as "The Nutcracker Spectacular." Accompanied by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the state's largest holiday production will take the Robinson Center stage Dec. 9-12. 

"After celebrating the 'magic of the Nutcracker' in new and innovative ways in 2020 with a nationally celebrated Nutcracker parade and digital 'Nutcracker Spectacular' broadcast, Ballet Arkansas is looking forward to returning to the beautiful Robinson Center to celebrate the season with live performances once again,” says Catherine Fothergill, associate artistic director.

Ballet Arkansas' annual production is a holiday tradition for many, featuring professional dancers alongside a community cast of more than 200 kids and adults from across the state.

Also returning this year is the Land of the Sweets Nutcracker Tea hosted by the Sugar Plum Fairy, along with a world premiere comedic spin on the show called "The Nutty Nutcracker."

Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test are required for attendees over the age of 12, and masks are required for everyone.

To learn more, find showtimes and to get your tickets, visit the Ballet Arkansas website. And follow along on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with the festivities.