In 2019, after 38 years of hosting its annual holiday shopping extravaganza, the Nutcracker Market branched out by creating a brand new market filled with seasonal items for spring and summer. The "Spring Spectacular" hosted more than 160 merchants including several Nutcracker Market favorites as well as many new ones from across the country. Over 18,150 shoppers descended upon NRG Center in their best spring attire and spent more than $3.2 million over the 3-day shopping weekend.


Proceeds from each admission 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, including its Spring Spectacular, has contributed over $74.2 million back to Houston Ballet to help:

  • Bring arts education to 61,354 Houston-area students through the Houston Ballet Academy’s Education and Community Engagement programs.
  • Award over $506,980 in scholarships to approximately 129 students this past season to continue their dream of studying dance at Houston Ballet Academy.
  • Give students from nearly 261 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.


The 2021 Nutcracker Market SPRING will be held April 16-18 at NRG Center. We can't wait to see you there! 



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About Nutcracker Market

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