Remember going to your grandparents’ house and noticing a collection of wooden soldiers clad in a red military ensemble? Those stiff soldiers have a story that is traditionally shared during the holiday season known as The Nutcracker. For nine nights, the Oklahoma City Ballet brings the classic holiday story to the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. In the story of The Nutcracker, a young girl befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve and wages a battle against the evil Mouse King. The original story by author E.T.A. Hoffman is more sinister than the version that reached the stage. The holiday fantasy originally premiered in Russia in 1892 and migrated to the U.S. on Christmas Eve in 1944 when it was performed by the San Francisco Ballet. The Nutcracker opens Dec. 12 at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall with special activities for the whole family to enjoy before and after the performances. For more information, visit www.okcballet.com.