The 30th Annual Chelsea Hometown Holiday is a festive community celebration that kicks off the holiday season.
The activities start with the ceremonial lighting of the giant Christmas tree at Pierce Park on Friday, December 2nd.
This was Tchaikovsky's last ballet, from which he compiled a famous Suite of eight numbers for concert performance. Tchaikovsky instructed that "This chorus should comprise 12 sopranos and 12 altos. The titles of numbers in French (italic type) and Russian (Cyrillic) are taken from the published score, with English translations added in bold type. The children burst into the room with some friends, and all join in a lively march round the room, before breaking into a galop.They have been decorating the Christmas tree and listening to their grandmother tell the story of the Nutcracker ballet which is a favourite of Ruby's - she has a secret desire to play the role, one day, of the Sugar Plum Fairy.As the clock strikes midnight, that magical time when the impossible becomes possible, Max becomes the Nutcracker and Ruby becomes Clara and together they go to the Land of Sweets and meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Arabians, the Chinese, the Russian dancer and all the dancers in the Waltz of the Flowers.They should be played at the points indicated by the children in the scene”, and also: “The Rattle (Schnarre) is as used in the children's symphonies by Haydn, Romberg, etc. The children are alarmed at his odd appearance, until they see that he has brought them toys: a mechanical doll, a toy soldier, Harlequin and Colombine. It is Christmas Eve in the home of President Silberhaus of the Town Council and his children, Clara and Fritz (Scene 1). Nine o'clock strikes, on a clock consisting of an owl which flaps its wings at each stroke.