Shop ‘Til You Drop for a Great Cause at Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Market

This article first appeared in Texas Lifestyle Magazine on November 11, 2019.

The signature red carpet rolls out November 14-17 at the NRG Center.

The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market began as a church bazaar and has turned into the second-largest fundraising event support the Houston Ballet Foundation and its programs.

Shoppers at Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Market, where 11% of merchandise sales, plus the proceeds from admission and special event tickets, support Houston Ballet and its Academy.
Photo courtesy Nutcracker Market

This year’s theme, “Clara’s Dream,” pays homage to the Nutcracker Market’s namesake, creating a scene straight out of the beloved ballet.

Familiar favorites like the Texas Tamale Co., Susie’s South Forty Confections and Bear Creek Smokehouse return to the shopping extravaganza along with many merchants making their Nutcracker Market debut.

Nutcracker Market Elves
Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has become one of the signature holiday fundraising shopping events in Texas and kicks off the start of the holiday season. Photo courtesy Nutcracker Market

With over 260 vendors selling unique handcrafted items, Christmas and home decor, custom-made dolls, gourmet food, apparel, toys, candles and jewelry, shoppers can have their holiday checklists wrapped up by the end of the weekend.

Nutcracker Market Crowds
Money raised from the 2018 Nutcracker Market helped approximately 246 students continue their dream of studying dance at the Houston Ballet Academy and brought 368 Houston-area schools and community centers free programming, performances and classes at Houston Ballet’s prestigious Center for Dance.  Photo courtesy Nutcracker Market

Special events will be held throughout the four-day extravaganza including the Wells Fargo Preview Party featuring an exclusive Kendra Scott jewelry pull, Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon and Macy’s Fashion Show and Luncheon.

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market is November 14-17 at NRG Stadium. Children under 5 enter free.

Cover courtesy Nutcracker Market
Lisa Davis lives in Austin and is the Editorial Assistant for Texas Lifestyle Magazine and an honors graduate of Concordia University Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Public Relations.

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