When you see dancing mice, Sugar Plum fairies, a flying sleigh bed and a host of international dolls springing to life, you know it’s Nutcracker time. Once again, the delightfully extravagant production returns to the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall (after decades in Music Hall, it switched venues last year.) The lavish sets, elaborate costumes and uplifting choreography might not be new, but it’s an absolute treat for all ages to experience the many magical worlds they create. Another reason to go: the lively, classic Tchaikovsky score is played live by the Cincinnati Ballet’s orchestra, led by top-notch Music Director Carmon DeLeone, who’s celebrating 40 years with the company during the Ballet’s own 45th anniversary season. Whether it’s your first time catching it or your 15th, you’re never too old for this holiday tradition filled with cheer and imagination. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 27. $20-$65. Get details, buy tickets and find nearby bars and restaurants here.