Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker: Up to 50% Off November 27 Performances

Houston Ballet The NutcrackerExperience opening night: Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker Thanksgiving weekend!

Special prices have just been released — up to 50% off  Friday, November 27, performances.

November 27, 2 pm
  • Orchestra Side — $50 ($99 regular)
  • Orchestra Ctr — $75 ($119 regular)
November 27, 7:30 pm
  • Orchestra Side — $66 ($99 regular)

These prices are brand-new and just released online! No promo code is needed.

Take advantage of this unprecedented sale to see the finale of Ben Stevenson’s production of Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker — a 30-year tradition in Houston. Next year will feature new sets and costumes.

Ticket are available for purchase online or by phone at 713-227-2787.

This is a sponsored post by Houston Ballet — helping you save money in Houston.

Discount Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker Tickets

Houston Ballet's NutcrackerThe Nutcracker is a family tradition that I enjoy with my girls to kick off the holidays, even as they get older. Just the special memory of dressing up, going downtown, and enjoying this classic by Houston Ballet never gets old.

Looking for a way to experience The Nutcracker, by Houston Ballet, with a discount? While there aren’t any promo codes, tickets are generally $10 cheaper per seat (with some sections $5 cheaper) for Thanksgiving weekend evening shows and dates into December. Prices range from $29 – $109 on discount nights. Actually, Balcony 2 seats are $15 cheaper on these discount nights ($29 instead of $44). Here are the special dates and times with discounted pricing:

  • Saturday, November 28, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 29, 7:30 pm
  • December 6, 11, 13, 16 (all 7:30 pm), 17 (2 pm, 7:30 pm), 18 (2 pm), 27 (7:30 pm)

This is the final year of Ben Stevenson’s production of The Nutcracker, which premiered 28 years ago. Next year Houston Ballet will premier a new version by Stanton Welch, artistic director.

Purchase your tickets to the Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker at 713.227.2787 or online here. Some seat locations are already sold out.

{I realize this is an expensive outing to include on this site, but this is such a Houston tradition it’s hard not to include. This just offers a little cheaper option for those who enjoy seeing the downtown Houston Ballet. I will be sharing some other studios performing The Nutcracker throughout the community this week.}

photo: Amitava Sarkar; Dancers: Allison Miller and artist, Houston Ballet

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Festival of Lights Opening Night + Free SpongeBob SubPants Adventure

moody gardens festival of lightsIt’s hard to believe, but Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens opens this weekend.

Thanks to KPRC Family Night, you can get a discount for opening night, November 14. Buy admission to Festival of Lights for $10.95 and get free admission to SpongeBob SubPants Adventure (11/14 only). This is an attraction located in the Discovery Pyramid filled with 3D media and special effects, valued at $18.95 for adults, and $16.95 for kids.

Festival of Lights definitely gets you in the holiday spirit. The setting features more than 100 lighted scenes with 1 million lights, an outdoor ice rink, live entertainment, photos with Santa, and more.

Free holiday entertainment from 4 pm – 6 pm includes Curt Miller and Friends (master illusionist), choirs and musicians, Chinese Lion Dancing, Japanese Drumming and more. Watch Santa parachute in at 5 pm on opening night from the North Pole. Santa will later flip the lights at 6 pm to kick off the Festival of Lights season.

Get your coupon online at KPRC’s site here, which is valid for up to six people. Moody Gardens is located on Galveston Island at One Hope Blvd.

photo: Moody Gardens

Starbucks: Buy 1, Get 1 Free Holiday Promotion

starbucks half price 2015 WMStarbucks kicks off its holiday season with this favorite freebie! Indulge and save with Buy One, Share One freebie November 12-15: Buy one holiday beverage from 2 pm – 5 pm and get another beverage free. Choose from several holiday-inspired drinks including Caramel Brulee Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte and more. Valid at participating locations only.

As a bonus, My Starbucks Rewards members get an extra day with the deal good through November 16.

Houston Nutcracker Market Discount Tickets

Houston Ballet's NutcrackerIt’s Houston’s annual holiday shopping bonanza — and it benefits the Houston Ballet! We’re just a few days away from Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Market, held at NRG Center November 12-15.

Don’t get overwhelmed if it’s your first time! Explore 300 national merchants featuring home décor, apparel, toys, holiday decor, gourmet food, garden items and more! Find that original gift for your special someone.

Thursday, November 12 – 10 am – 8 pm
Friday, November 13 — 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday, November 14 — 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, November 15 — 10 am – 6 pm

Discounts tickets are available for $18 in advance at Randall’s. Tickets are $20 at the door. Children under 5 are free. Take advantage of half-price admission for the last three hours of each day. Parking onsite is $12.

Keep in mind that strollers, rolling carts and wagons are not permitted in Nutcracker Market. You can bring your kids, but you will probably end up carrying them! All proceeds from the market benefit the Academy and scholarship programs for Houston Ballet Foundation.

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Katy Budget Books $1 or Less Semi-Annual Sale

BooksIt’s a book lover’s dream! Katy Budget Bookssemi-annual sale continues through October 18. This fabulous independent retailer is discounting more than 50,000 overstock used books for $1 or less. Find children’s books for 40¢, paperback books for 75¢ or less, and hardcover books for $1. All sale books will be marked on the bottom.

More books will be added to the shelves each night, so you might need to visit several times! Katy Budget Books is located at 2450 Fry Road (north of I-10) in Katy.

Discount Texas Renaissance Festival Tickets

Red Knight RenFestReady for some 16th-century fun at the nation’s largest Renaissance festival in the country? Tis the season for the 41st  Texas Renaissance Festival kicking off Saturday, October 10, for eight consecutive weekends. Good news is discount tickets are available for the festival.

Located about 50 miles northwest of Houston, Texas Renaissance Festival features the sites, sounds, and smells of a 16th-century village. With jousting matches, 200 daily performances, international cuisine, thousands of costumed characters, elephant/camel rides, human-powered rides and games of skill — there is truly something for everyone!

Discount tickets are available online and at Walgreens. Best of all, kids are free every Sunday!

Online prices are $26 for adults ($24 + $2 fee) and $14 for kids ($12 + $2 fee). Gate prices are $29 for adults and $14 for kids. Folks who plan to attend more than one day can benefit from a $39 Weekend Pass: admission one “any day” and one Sunday during the season, though it doesn’t have to be consecutive days. Purchase the discount tickets online here.

Find all the schedules, maps and more online for Texas Renaissance Festival in Plantersville.

photo: Texas Renaissance Festival

Houston Italian Festival: Free & Discount Tickets

Houston Italian FestThe Houston Italian Festival returns to Montrose Thursday through Sunday, October 8-11. In its 37th year, the annual Houston Italian Festival is one of the largest festivals in town. Enjoy authentic Italian food and wine, live musical performances including Michael Barimo and The Fuse, grape stomping, pasta-eating contests, Bocce competition, sidewalk art contest, Tarentella dancers, Marionette Puppet shows, Classic Car Show, and more. The Cultural Movie Theater will show Italian movies and regional travel films.

The festival kicks off with free admission Thursday, October 8, 5pm – 10pm, and Friday, 11 am – 4 pm. After 4 pm Friday and all weekend, admission is $8 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. The Italian Festival is located on The University of St. Thomas campus, 3800 Montrose Blvd. with parking $5 at Moran Center Parking Garage.

Save $2 each by buying online! Purchase advance tickets for just $6 through October 6. There is no extra online fee.

photos: flickr/Festa Italiana Houston

Houston Aquarium: 2-for-1 September Saturdays

downtown aquarium HoustonIt’s the last Saturday, September 26, for this deal!

Take advantage of half-price tickets to Houston’s Downtown Aquarium with buy-one-get-one free All-Day Adventure Pass coupon available online. The $18.99 pass includes unlimited access to Aquarium Adventure Exhibit, Stingray Reef, and all the rides.

The coupon is valid Saturdays in September. The Adventure Pass retails for $18.99, so the deal makes it about $9.50 per person. Print the coupon here. Find the Houston Aquarium downtown at 410 Bagby at Memorial.

HPL Children’s Book Sale, September 11-12

child and bookTake advantage of bargain book prices at the Children’s Book Sale this weekend, hosted by the Friends of the Houston Public Library in the Heights.

West End Multi-Service Center, 170 Heights Blvd.
Friday, September 11, 11 am – 6 pm
Saturday, September 12, 9 am – 5 pm

Prices are just $2 for paperbacks and board books and $3 for hardbacks. All kinds of books will be available including fiction, nonfiction, parenting and education resources, board books, graphic novels, audio and visual materials, reference materials and more. Members pay just $1 or $2 for books — sign up to be a member online or at the door.

All money from the sale supports the Houston Public Library programs, materials and scholarships.

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