We've seen parades return. A lot of us are going to be enjoying our usual holiday traditions again this year. Here's one more bit of good news. The Nutcracker is back in Amarillo this year.

They also happen to be celebrating their 50th anniversary. This is going to be one you don't want to miss.

Lone Star Ballet is Bringing Back The Holiday Favorite

Before I ever moved here, I knew about the ballet and their performance of The Nutcracker every Christmas season. My parents always pointed to it as a cultural perk for the area, and said it was one of the many reasons to move here.

Honestly, my parents aren't alone.

Last year when it was announced the ballet would not be happening around its usual time, a lot of people expressed their disappointment. It's a holiday tradition for many in the area, and it's something that many of us look forward to.

Lori Crofford
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Tickets Are Available

Tickets for The Nutcracker are available now, and at last check of available seating you still have a few spots available where you could get a decently sized group all on one row.

But those tickets will go quick. You can get yours at panhandle tickets by following this link.

The Nutcracker Runs For Three Days In Amarillo

If you can't get enough of sugar plum fairies dancing, you have three days to enjoy the ballet. Dec. 10 is opening night. There are two shows scheduled for Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 each day.

If you have plans for the evening, you can take in one of their afternoon shows.

It will be at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium. For more info, click here.

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Untouched by Time: The Historic Homes of Polk Street Then & Now

You know you've entered Amarillo's historic district once you hit the red brick roads of Center City. A unique reflection of past and present, Amarillo's historic homes seem to pose pristinely against the curb.

These large, thoughtfully designed historic homes are part of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Amarillo. But most residents will agree that nothing quite tops the staggering royal beauty of the grand homes of Polk Street. Built by Amarillo's founding fathers, the looming estates of South Polk are a sight to behold.

Check out these stunning comparison photos that show how these gorgeous structures have remained nearly untouched by time.

LOOK INSIDE: The Avery & Mary Turner House at 1706 S. Polk

This beautiful Dutch Colonial home is a true historic gem. It is part of the regal row of Amarillo's historic homes on South Polk. If you've ever wondered what these grand estates look like inside, here's your chance to take a peek!