The story you are going to see took place in one of the cities of the famous old Hanseatic union. Probably Lübeck? Or Bremen? Or maybe in Riga? It was here that during the night before Christmas, when miracles become possible, the dream of a little girl came true.
The turmoil and excitement in the house of the Councillor Stahlbaum. Everybody is getting ready for the home carnival of the Christmas Eve. Gradually the masked guests are arriving. The children's favourite uncle Drosselmeyer has chosen the costume of a fakir. The dancing begins. Father Christmas brings a sack full of presents. How could he possibly guess every cherished wish? In order to get a present everybody must perform a dance. When only one strange doll, the nutcracker remains int the sack, Father Christmas has mysteriously disappeared. Nobody likes the doll, only little Marie fela tender sympathy for it. The merry celebration comes to an end, everybody leaves. Marie alone returns in the ballroom to the doll.Marie is so excited by everything she experienced during the evening that, having fallen asleep, she feels all recently met images return; however, ahe sees them in a different, mystic light - as if the same, but strange. The Mouse King arrives with his army. The intention of the mice is to capture the bright Christmas tree, which has miraculously grown. The brave tin soldiers are trying to defend it. Also the Nutcracker jpins the battle and, although fatally wounded, he defeats the Mouse King. Little Marie is desesperate. Suddenly uncle Drosselmeyer arrives and revives the Marrie's dream knight. Even more: he turns the ugly Nutcracker into a handsome Prince, and Marie into a Princess.
The Stahlbaum's house disappears, everything is obscured by snowflakes. When the beautiful snowfall is over, Prince and Princess find themselves in a spellbound winter garden, and in a magic sleigh set off for the fairy-tale palace.
The sleigh has brought the Nutcracker and Marie to the fairy-tale palace where they are met by glittering butterflies. Before they can get into the palace they must accomplish one more deed - conquer the black, dangerous guards of the palace, the bats.
The Nutcracker has been victorious in the battle. The ball begins in the palace. The dancers from remote corners of the world perform in honour of Prince Nutcracker and Princess Marie. They also dance, glorifying youth, friendship, and love.
The dawn is breaking. Little Marie wakes up hugging her favourite doll the Nutcracker. Was everything just a dream? But maybe it was an omen that the dream about faith and love overcoming all obstacles will come true?