nutcracker's back

Houston's wildly popular Nutcracker Market unveils new schedule and hot shopping

Wildly popular Nutcracker Market unveils new schedule, hot shopping

Nutcracker Market
The Nutcracker Market attracts throngs of Houstonians.  Courtesy photo
Nutcracker Market Shoppers
Guests at the Nutcracker Market. Courtesy photo
Nutcracker Market Shoppers
Get your bearings with the Nutcracker Market booklets. Courtesy photo
Nutcracker Market Shopper
Hit the market early to stock up. Courtesy photo
Nutcracker Market
Nutcracker Market Shoppers
Nutcracker Market Shoppers
Nutcracker Market Shopper

One of Houston's most popular (and widely attended) shopping traditions is back with a new theme, hordes of new vendors, and a host of events.  The 38th annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has revealed its run date just in time for eager shoppers to set their calendars: November 8-11 at NRG Center.

Sporting a new theme, "Cruising into Christmas," the annual fundraising event will boast more than 270 merchants from across the country, offering all things home décor, gourmet food, apparel, toys, candles, jewelry, novelties, accessories, and more. Proceeds from the sales — 11 percent — go towards the Houston Ballet's various programs.

According to a statement, 26 new merchants will make their debut at the Nutcracker Market. Shoppers can look for new items such as artisan beer bread mixes and other specialty gourmet food items, vintage clothing, bohemian jewelry, baking and serving options for elegant and casual entertaining, and even compact fishing poles.

Meanwhile, veteran market attendees can be rest assured they'll find the items that have become popular over the market's 25-year run. These include hand-crafted gifts from The Brookwood Community, the famous marinara sauces from the ladies of Donne Di Domani, decorative accessories from The Round Top Collection, fashionable women’s apparel, and more. And speaking of favorites, the statement promises a return of the ever-popular Nutcracker Market Raffle. 

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General admission tickets go on sale on August 15 online at Ticketmaster ($18). For tickets, dates, hours, and more information, visit the official site