DARIEN — The magic of holiday tradition returned to town this weekend when the Darien Arts Center presented its “Scenes from the Nutcracker” ballet performance Saturday afternoon.

“It’s a great show to get everybody into the holiday spirit,” said Doreen Keever, who serves on the board of directors.

Dozens of kids and adults participated in four performances this weekend, with another four scheduled to take place next Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s a wonderful family event,” Keever said, “and a great way to introduce young audiences to dance and the magical story of the Nutcracker.”