NOVEMBER 11-14, 2021


For more than 39 years, the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has been a holiday shopping staple in Houston. What began as a local church bazaar raising thousands of dollars for Houston Ballet, its Academy and scholarship programs, developed into a giant holiday shopping wonderland raising millions of dollars for the Ballet while hosting hundreds of merchants and thousands of shoppers from all across the country. We couldn't be more proud to have contributed over $74.2 million to Houston Ballet to help bring arts education, scholarships, performances and classes to hundreds of thousands of Houston-area students.

This Market is a magical kingdom of holiday treasures, and has become an annual tradition unlike any other. 

*join us as we celebrate nutcracker market's 40th anniversary - the redo, November 11-14, 2021 at NRG CENTER!

*Please note that we are currently planning for a great 2021 Nutcracker Market, but please keep checking back with us here and on our social media channels for any updates.

2021 Nutcracker Market Honoree: YOU

The Nutcracker Market proudly salutes our very special honoree this year...YOU, the supporter of the Nutcracker Market.

Whether you are a shopper, committee member, staff member, donor, volunteer, merchant, vendor, sponsor, or social media follower, YOU have been an integral part in making this Market the success that it is. Without your interest, curiosity, passion, dedication, enthusiasm, generosity, hard work, commitment, and love… the Market simply wouldn’t be where it is today. Since our inception in 1981, YOU have helped us contribute over $72.4 million dollars to the Houston Ballet Foundation in support of its Academy and scholarship programs. Although saying “Thank You” does not seem to be enough, we are truly grateful for 40 years of support.


General Admission: One-day admission only; Details including on sale dates TBD.

Early Bird Admission: Early access to shop the Market on Thursday and Friday Nov. 11-12 plus repeat admission all four days. 

Special Events

*There's a reason why there is a Wells Fargo Preview Party: to dress up, enjoy cocktails, buffets, live entertainment and get an exclusive preview of all the Nutcracker Market merchants before the crowds arrive!

*For the shopping enthusiasts, come join us at the Saks Fifth Avenue and Fashion Show and Luncheon on Thursday and the Macy's Fashion Show and Luncheon on Friday!

*All Events for 2021 are TBD. Please check back for more details.* 

And if you're feeling lucky, there is another "event" of its own, the Market Raffle which takes place during the entire Market! Buy a ticket for $10 or 6 for $50 for a chance to win a fabulous prize. 

Become a Merchant

Think you have great merchandise and what it takes to sell to over 100,000+ shoppers at the Nutcracker Market? Download our merchant application today and send us your photos and samples. All merchant applications are thoroughly reviewed by a committee. 

Check out the full listing of all Nutcracker Market merchants. 

Become a Volunteer

Join in the fun and make friends with over 1,000+ dedicated volunteers who return year after year to volunteer at the Nutcracker Market. Volunteers receive free entry to the Market and free parking - a great incentive to treat yourself and shop! Stay tuned for more details.


Stay in touch with the Nutcracker Market and follow all our 
social media updates year-round!


Nutcracker Market Participating Merchants

Check out the list of this year's participating merchants and plan your visit today.

Nutcracker Market Special Events

Preview parties, fashion shows and more! Learn more and buy your tickets to Nutcracker Market special events.

Sugar Plum

Want to attend ALL Nutcracker Market events? Consider becoming a Sugar Plum!