Everything You Need to Know About the Nutcracker Market in Houston
The Nutcracker Market is one of the most anticipated shopping events in Houston, featuring hundreds of merchants offering unique gifts, home decor, clothing, accessories, gourmet food and more. The annual event is organized by the Houston Ballet and raises funds for its Academy and scholarship programs. Here are some details you need to know if you plan to attend this year's Nutcracker Market.
When and Where
The Nutcracker Market will take place from November 10 to 13, 2022 at the NRG Center, located at 8400 Kirby Drive, Houston 77054. The market hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets and Parking
Tickets for the Nutcracker Market are available online at khou.com or at select Randalls locations. The pre-sale tickets are $20 each and can be used for one day admission. Tickets at the door are $25 each and cash only. Children under 5 are free. Parking at the NRG Center is $15 per vehicle and cash only.
What to Expect
The Nutcracker Market is a shopper's paradise, with more than 250 merchants offering a variety of products, from jewelry and candles to toys and spices. You can find something for everyone on your list, or treat yourself to something special. You can also enjoy live entertainment, food and drinks, and raffle prizes throughout the market. Be prepared to walk a lot, as the market covers more than 300,000 square feet of space. You can bring your own shopping bags or carts, or rent them at the market for a fee.
How to Support
The Nutcracker Market is not only a fun shopping experience, but also a great way to support the Houston Ballet and its educational programs. A portion of each ticket sale and 11% of all merchandise sales go directly to the Houston Ballet Foundation. You can also make a donation online at houstonballet.org or at the market. Your generosity will help nurture the next generation of dancers and artists in Houston.
Tips and Tricks
If you want to make the most of your Nutcracker Market experience, here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind:
Plan ahead. Check out the market website for a list of vendors, a map of the floor plan, and a schedule of events. You can also download the Nutcracker Market app for more information and updates.
Arrive early or late. The market is busiest during the morning peak hours, so if you want to avoid the crowds, try to arrive in the afternoon or evening. You can also buy early bird tickets that allow you to enter the market at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.
Bring cash. Parking at the NRG Center is $15 per vehicle and cash only. Some vendors may also prefer cash over cards, so it's good to have some on hand. There are ATMs available at the market, but they may charge fees.
Pack light. Strollers, carts, rolling bags, wagons, and pets are not allowed inside the market. Wheelchairs, walkers, and other ADA-approved mobility devices and service animals are permitted. You can also rent shopping bags or carts at the market for a fee.
Use package check. If you buy a lot of items, you can use the package check service to store them while you continue shopping. The package check fee is $15 for up to three items and $5 for each additional item.
Have fun. The Nutcracker Market is not only a shopping event, but also a festive celebration of the holiday season. Enjoy the live entertainment, food and drinks, and raffle prizes that are offered throughout the market. You can also take photos with Santa Claus or Nutcracker characters at designated times and locations. aa16f39245