"The Nutcracker" dazzles all ages at the Marcus Center

Although it’s one of the most well-known ballets in popular culture, I admit that I had never seen “The Nutcracker” before this Sunday. Besides being vaguely familiar with popular images and melodies from the show, I hardly even knew what it was about.

Beyond that, I’ve never even been to a ballet before. (Should I be embarrassed?!)

Nevertheless, “The Nutcracker,” playing through December 27th at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, may be a new holiday tradition for our family.

“The Nutcracker” is all of your whimsical holiday wishes and dreams wrapped up into one beautifully crafted two hour performance.

My three and a half year old and I ventured out Sunday afternoon on our very first date. (Oh my gosh, he’s getting so old!) We both dressed up and headed for downtown about a half hour before the performance.

You can park in the parking structure just north of the