In 1981, visions of sugar plums inspired long-time Houston Ballet supporter Preston Frazier to approach the board of Houston Ballet Guild with a new concept and means to raise much needed funds for the Houston Ballet Foundation, its Academy and scholarship programs. His dream of a holiday market in the tradition of a European or Latin American street market has grown steadily and spectacularly ─ from humble beginnings in a church bazaar setting to a four-day shopping extravaganza at NRG Center. Last year, over 105,000 customers with a strong passion to shop spent over $19.5 million at more than 280 national and international booths ─ each offering unique items for the entire family, including home décor, gourmet food, apparel, accessories, toys, garden items and much, much more … and all of this just in time for holiday shopping!

From the moment former First Lady Barbara Bush cut the ribbon at the opening of the Nutcracker Market, and through the many succesful years filled with a lot of enthusiasm, imagination and dreams, the Nutcracker Market has become an annual tradition that kicks off the holiday season in Houston, Texas.

“Texas. It’s a whole other country,” goes the slogan.
We might say, “The Nutcracker Market. It’s a whole other world!”



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.

Since 1981, the Nutcracker Market has contributed over $53 million back to Houston Ballet to help:

  • Bring arts education to over 38,000 Houston-area students through the Houston Ballet Academy’s Education and Community Engagement programs.
  • Award over $600,000 in scholarships to approximately 300 students this past season to continue their dream of studying dance at Houston Ballet Academy.
  • Give students from over 160 Houston-area schools their first opportunity to see a ballet and hear from dancers through free programing, performances and classes at Houston Ballet’s prestigious Center for Dance.
  • Support the national and international touring of Houston Ballet II, the second company of Houston Ballet, to cities like Chicago, Las Vegas, and Toronto to help raise the reputation of Houston as a cultural and world-class city for the performing arts.
  • Shopping at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market means you are directly supporting a Houston arts nonprofit and the money raised stays right here in Houston

2016 Committee Chairmen

Mary Alice Parmet

CEO – Patsy Chapman
Associate Director – Daisy Perez

Brunch Chairmen
Mary Patton ● Erin Stewart

Committee Catering Chairman
Elizabeth Stone

Concierge Chairmen
Kris Abercrombie ● Mignon Gill ● Clemencia Larimore
Belinda Morgan ● Kelly Rosser ● Rita Walker

Kirksey Gregg Productions LLC

Information Chairmen
Sharon Erskine ● Anne Graubart ● Susan Lehmann 
Casey Rowe ● S. Shawn Stephens

Luncheon Chairmen
Michelle Jeffery ● Patti Turner ● Beth Wolff

Market Chairman Elect
Myrna Fisch

Market Entry Chairmen
Carol Coale ● C.C. Conner ● Debra Donaldson 
Dottie Erwin-Legendre ● Diane Fitzgerald ● Linda Johnston
John Kendall ● Evelyn Leightman ● Ann O’Neill
Liz Schlotzhauer ● Pam Staples ● Tina Raham Stewart

LH Media Design

Merchant Bank Chairmen
Lynda Carnegie ● Jean May ● Cheryl Zane

Merchant Chairmen
Katrina Arnim ● Wendy Burks ● Cynthia Christ
Gaylon Gullquist ● Denise Malone ● Sara Parr
Vanessa Sendukas ● Rhonda Smith

Merchant Co-Chairmen
Susan Binney ● Beth Bryant ● Tua Burke
Jeannie Chandler ● Jackie Eubank ● Cheryl Gallagher
Joan Levy ● Kaylon Phillips

Merchant Review Committee
Wendy Burks ● Gaylon Gullquist ● Rhonda Smith

Merchant Services Chairmen
Philamena Baird ● Mary Ann Crocker ● Faye Cutter
Myrna Fisch ● Marsha Haltom ● Leslie King
Susan Leach ● Nancy Shomette ● Shauna Steffen
Rose Trapolino ● Phyllis Ullman

Nutcracker Boutique Chairmen
Marcie Bristol ● Kate Bush
Susan Inger ● Nellie Muermann
Helen L.-Toombs ● Lisa Yelenick

Ornament Barre Chairmen
Cynthia Brown ● Cecilia Campbell ● Tami Crosby
Jan DeCoux ● Megan Kessler ● Jennifer Kushner
Jane Lawrence ● Keli Luce ● Kari Parsons
Karen Sher ● Tracey Williford

Preview Party Chairmen
Kelly Krohn ● Susan Sarofim ● Beth Zdeblick

Elmore Public Relations, Inc.

Raffle Sales Chairmen
Ray Garcia ● Sandra Porter ● Lynn Zeid

Rookie Committee
Janet Colletto ● Cindy Cook ● Courtney Cook
Janet Coy ● Miranda Luong ● Svetlana Pleshkova
Jana Stiffel ● Jenny Williams ● Rose Williams

Sugar Daddy Chairman
Michael Parmet

Ticket Sales Chairmen
Lenni Burke ● Sharon Crandell ● Joan Dunlap
Ginni Mithoff ● Cathy Robertson
Barbara Scott ● Lisa Sternschuss ● Terrie Warren

Volunteer Chairmen
Causey Coffield ● Elizabeth Connelly
Rise Johns ● Judy Waters

Wrap Party Chairman
Meghan McCracken

Directions and Lodging

Ask any shopping expert, for the best holiday shopping experience, grab your shopping buddies and plan your visit to the Nutcracker Market at NRG Center!

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