The Nutcracker is one of those events which brings Christmas cheer to everyone, and this year the Scottish Ballet have produced their own version, with some darker pieces woven into the dance. The post war piece includes both hints of luxury and glamour, despite the setting. The dance tells of the rather well off Stahlbaum Family, who celebrate the festive season with many riches, jewelled costumes and many treats for the children; Marie, Louise and Fritz. A Nutcracker doll is given to Marie, who is over the moon with her present. This beings the adventure that is the Nutcracker, with the doll coming to life. The story introduces us to the evil governess who turns into the Queen of the Mice and a love story. Ever since its beginning in 1816, the Nutcracker has delighted audiences the world over and now here in Bonny Scotland. One of the most exciting parts of this version of the Nutcracker are the incredible costumes. Intricate yet stunning, breathtaking even, from the snowflakes of ices to the shocking red of the poppy petals. And of course, we can't forget the Sugar Plum fairy which brings a real festive element to the piece. You'll see one dance where the Queen of the Mice, leads her army of mice into battle, all wearing Harris Tweed Hebrides Kilts. And why not? This is the Scottish Ballet! The Nutcraker is definitely one of those events you can take your family or colleagues to, to really get into the festive mood. You can still purchase tickets here.