Houston Ballet's NutcrackerIt’s Houston’s annual holiday shopping bonanza — and it benefits Houston Ballet! The 39th annual Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Market, held at NRG Center, is this weekend November 14-17, 2019.

Don’t get overwhelmed if it’s your first time! Explore over 250 national and local merchants featuring home décor, apparel, toys, holiday decor, gourmet food, garden items and more. This year, 23 new vendors will be making their debut, featuring brand new items to the market like custom made dolls, personalized salt dough Christmas ornaments, and so much more.  It’s the perfect place for holiday shopping with unexpected finds everywhere you turn! Find that original gift for your special someone.

In its early days, the Houston Ballet Nutcracker market was just a small church bazaar, but it has grown into a huge event thousands of people around the area anticipate every year.

In fact, the Nutcracker Market is now the second-largest fundraising event at NRG Park with hundreds of thousands raised to give back to the Houston Ballet Foundation, its Academy, and scholarship programs.


Houston Nutcracker Market Days & Hours

Planning a visit to the 2019 Nutcracker Market? Here’s when it will be open:

Thursday, November 14 – 10 am – 8 pm
Friday, November 15 — 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday, November 16 — 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, November 17 — 10 am – 5 pm


Houston Nutcracker Market Discount Tickets

General admission tickets are $20 at the door, cash only. Children under 4 are free. However, there are some ways you can score discount tickets to the market.

Discounts tickets are available in advance at any Houston-area Randall’s.

Tickets also are available online from Ticketmaster but the price is $18 plus taxes and fees.

You can also purchase discount general admission tickets at a number of other local stores, including The BLVD (Tomball), China Baroque, Michael’s Cookie Jar (several locations), Melinda’s Boutique (Seabrook), One Hip Mom (Spring), Pie in the Sky Pie Co. (Conroe), Pomp and Circumstance Boutique, The Royal Standard (Cypress), and The Round Top Collection (several locations).

Take advantage of reduced price admission for the last three hours of each day. In previous years, the discount for entry in the final 3 hours was 50% off, but we haven’t confirmed if that’s still the case for 2019.

Be prepared to pay for onsite parking as well.

Keep in mind that strollers, rolling carts, pets, 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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