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The Nutcracker Market Is Re-Doing Its 40th Year Anniversary Celebration

This November, The Nutcracker Market returns to NRG Center to bring in Houston’s holiday season and celebrate in-person after last year's milestone was short lived.

By Shivani Parmar August 16, 2021


The Nutcracker Market will be back, in-person this year. 

We hope you didn’t throw away your face masks just yet because holiday traditions are coming back to the Bayou City, starting with the Nutcracker Market. After transforming into a pandemic-induced virtual fest last year, decisions were made to go forth with dusting off the NRG Center and reintroducing the fresh pine essence for an in-person event.

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market is an annual fundraiser that invites merchants to sell holiday products like decorative Christmas tree ornaments and toys, with a percentage of earnings and tickets going towards proceeds for the Houston Ballet Foundation. 

This November 11-14, Nutcracker Market triumphantly returns to NRG Center. 

The market has bolstered over $75 million to the foundation since they have started and continues to raise more money as events carry on.

“Forty years is such a momentous occasion, especially after the challenges of last year,” said Patsy Chapman, CEO of the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. 

While the virtual market in 2020 was the official mark of the Nutcracker Market’s 40th anniversary, they will be hosting in-person festivities this year in what they are calling “The Redo” to make up for the significant milestone.

Shoppers continue to return for this shopping experience to visit over 265 merchants like big-name The Round Top Collection, The Royal Standard, Texas Tamale Company, Paul Michael Company, and many other merchants.

The four-day-long event will be held from November 11 through 14. Tickets are on sale online at a discounted rate and can also be purchased at the door. For more information, visit,

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