The countdown is on for what could be the best holiday shopping of the year


For those who have made a tradition of attending the Nutcracker Market every year, you know last year looked a little different, but everything is changing this year.

The market is making a comeback with in-person shopping at the NRG Center – and celebrating a 40th anniversary revamp, which took place last year.

We all know how important this is, so the countdown has officially started, and we want you to know when this epic in-person shopping season kicks off.

Find the official countdown in by clicking or typing here.

“Forty years is such an important occasion, especially after the challenges of the past year,” said Patsy Chapman, CEO of the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. “I can’t wait to stand in the main aisle of the Market and just enjoy the unmistakable spirit of this event. “

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Over the past four decades, the market has grown tremendously – from a church bazaar in 1981 to the extravagance it is today, attracting over 100,000 guests and becoming the second largest event in fundraising at NRG Park.

This year, the event will take place from November 11 to 14. As this year promises to be different from last year, what can you expect from the event?

At the market

There are already over 265 kiosks on the books, with over 60 new traders making their debuts.

At the Market, you can expect to find:

  • Clothes

  • Accessories

  • Jewelry

  • Gourmet food

  • Home and holiday decoration

  • Toys

  • Kitchen items

  • Gifts and more

Regular shoppers will see a few fan favorites including the Round Top Collection, Royal Standard, Texas Tamale Company, Paul Michael Company, and many other top merchants.

If you are a buyer who likes to plan ahead, click or tap here to see the full list of traders.

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Market days and special event times are as follows:

  • Thursday, November 11 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Friday, November 12 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Saturday, November 13 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Sunday, November 14 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special events

The Wells Fargo Preview Party:

Wednesday November 10 from 6.30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tickets start at $ 250.

Saks Fifth Avenue Lunch and Fashion Show:

Thursday November 11 from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $ 150.

Macy’s Fashion Show and Lunch (with the Macy’s Fragrance pop-up store)

Friday November 12 – 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $ 150.

Note: Special event tickets are valid for repeat admission every four days and early admission at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday.

Getting to shopping and food

Now on to the most important things: when and how you will have access to this event.

General admission

Discounted general admission tickets, which are valid for one-day admission, are now available at and participating HEB business centers.

Only $ 20 in cash or check will be accepted at NRG counters during market days, but ATMs will be located next to the counters, along with two more that will be available once guests are inside.

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Special event tickets

Tickets for special events, which include the Wells Fargo Preview Party, Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon, and Macy’s Fashion Show and Lunch, can be purchased now by calling 713-535 -3231.

Early bird tickets

Early bird tickets cost $ 50 and must be purchased in advance for guests who wish to mail them or keep them at will. They will need to be purchased by calling 713-535-3231 before November 5.

Early bird tickets can also be purchased at NRG ticket offices during market days for $ 50 in cash or check only. ATMs will be located next to the ATMs, along with two more that will be available once guests are inside.

Early registration allows admission at 8:30 a.m. on November 11 and 12, as well as repeat admission for the four market days.

General group admission

Discounted group general admission tickets must be ordered no later than November 5 by calling 713-535-3231.

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All people are required to have a ticket, regardless of their age.

The Nutcracker Marketplace will follow all safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NRG Park at the time of the show.

For more information on everything related to the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market, press or click here.


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