We are seeking volunteers for the 39th annual Nutcracker Market, November 14-17, 2019 at NRG Center! 

The Nutcracker Market is Houston Ballet's largest fundraiser. All proceeds benefit the Houston Ballet Foundation, the Houston Ballet Academy, and Academy scholarship funds. It takes more than 1,000 volunteers to make the Market run smoothly, and we need your help! 

About Volunteering
There are several different areas where we need your help! Choose from selling tickets at our ticket windows, wrapping ornaments at our Ornament Barre, handing out programs at Market entrance, setting up tables for our luncheons, and more! Each shift is between 2-4 hours. Some people work one day and some people work multiple days - it's completely up to you. Each day that you work, you will receive free admission to the Market so you can shop and explore before or after your shift.

Volunteer Perks (A $32+ value)
- Free parking on the day(s) of your shift(s)
- Free Market entry the day(s) of your shift(s) 
- Access to our Volunteer Lounge with snacks and refreshments

How To Volunteer
To volunteer, visit Shiftboard.com/NutcrackerMarket. If you don't already have an account, click "New Registration." Once you have registered, check your email - you will receive a welcome letter with instructions. Invite your friends! Volunteers must be 18 or older and background checks are required.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 713-535-3270 or NutMarketShiftboard@gmail.com.

Check out the photos below of some of our 2017 volunteers in action

“Anticipation, excitement, friendships, memories, the love of people, shopping and FUN! These are just a few of the reasons why my husband Ricky and I volunteer for the Nutcracker Market each year.  I volunteered for two years, then Ricky decided he wanted to see what the excitement was all about.  He came, he experienced, and was hooked!  We’ve volunteered together 3 - 4 days for the past five years — and hope to continue for many more.  We plan for weeks as to what we will wear and then plan our day of shopping.  Would we miss it? Never!  We are creating memories we will cherish for years to come”

-BRENDA J. Clem, Longtime Nutcracker Market Volunteer

Market Raffle

Do you have a great item to donate to the Nutcracker Market Raffle? Contact us today to learn more about how your item can be a part of one of the most popular areas at the Market, sponsored by John Daugherty, Realtors. The Market Raffle booth is located in the main aisle.

Nutcracker Market Admissions

Can't wait? Start planning your trip today! Click here to find out how to buy tickets to the Nutcracker Market.

Spring Spectacular

Join us April 12-14, 2019 at NRG Center for the very first Nutcracker Market Spring Spectacular! Enjoy much of what you love about the Nutcracker Market but in the spring, including hundreds of merchants offering a variety of seasonal merchandise!


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