A young girl named Clara receives a Nutcracker doll for Christmas. She dreams about her adventures with him, as they battle to victory against the Mouse King and his army of mice. Clara's dream then takes her on a magical journey to the Land of Sweets, where she is entertained by dancers from all around the world. In 1816, E.T.A. Hoffman wrote the original story, which was later adapted into a ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It has become a Christmas favourite across the world.