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Nutcracker Market Overview

Nutcracker Market

Houston Ballet's largest fundraiser and holiday shopping extravaganza, the 36th annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market will be held November 10 – 13, 2016 at NRG Center. For those with a passion to shop, the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market will feature 300 merchants, offering unique items for everyone, including home décor, food, clothing, toys, toiletries, novelties, ornaments, pottery, pewter, accessories and more…just in time for your holiday shopping!

Proceeds from each admission and special event ticket that you purchase, plus 10% of all the merchandise you buy, goes back to Houston Ballet Foundation, its Academy and Scholarship Programs.

The 2016 Nutcracker Market, chaired by Mary Alice Parmet, is themed “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Check out a Time Lapse Video of the 2014 Nutcracker Market!


Beginning October 17, discount general admission tickets will be available for purchase at Houston-area Randalls. Admission at the door is $20. Half price admission will be available daily 3 hours prior to closing, and children under 5 are free. Tickets for special events are available by calling 713-535-3231. Special events include:  Priority shopping/Four Day Pass, Wells Fargo Preview Party, Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon, and Macy’s Fashion Show and Brunch. For $50, the Four Day Pass grants access to the Market all four days with early entry beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday and Friday. AVOID THE RUSH! 4-Day passes can be ordered in advance by calling 713.535.3231 before November 4, 2016. They can also be purchased at the door. For more information about these events please click here.

NO strollers, rolling carts, rolling bags, wagons or pets are permitted
inside the Market. Wheelchairs and walkers are permitted.


There are so many areas to sponsor at the Market, from our shopping bags, shopping programs, shuttle buses, Information Booth, Package Check and Pick Up, Entertainment Stage, Market Café, among many other opportunities!  

Learn more about purchasing advertising space in the Nutcracker Market Shopping Program. 


The Nutcracker Market is a continued success thanks in part to hundreds of gracious volunteers. You can get involved one of two ways, as an individual or as a Houston Ballet Guild member. To learn more, click here for volunteer information or click here to read about the Houston Ballet Guild.

Cart/Stroller Check-In Area

Market-goers will find a check-in near the entry for strollers, carts, rolling bags and wagons, as they're not permitted inside. Pets are not allowed.

Wheelchairs and walkers are permitted.


Free shuttles run throughout the parking areas, and pedi-cabs will carry shoppers to their cars. Self parking operated by NRG. Valet parking available to sponsor level ticket/ table purchasers only.

For more information, contact Houston Ballet at 713-535-3231 or nutcrackermarket@houstonballet.org.


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