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Special event tickets now on sale for 2019 Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market

The highly anticipated shopping extravaganza returns November 14-17
Credit: Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market

HOUSTON, Texas — The 2019 Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market will roll out its signature red carpet into NRG Center November 14-17. Just in time for the holidays, the four-day event will highlight more than 260 merchants from across the country and feature unique gift items, including home décor, gourmet food, apparel, toys, candles, jewelry, novelties, accessories and more.

“Seeing the excitement on shoppers’ faces as they find that perfect gift and witnessing how it brings people together in the holiday spirit is one of the most wonderful aspects about the Nutcracker Market,” said Patsy Chapman, CEO of the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. “The opportunity to discover new merchants brings a special excitement to the Market - our shoppers know there are unexpected finds just waiting around every corner.”

The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has grown from small beginnings as a church bazaar, to now the second-largest fundraising event at NRG Park. This year’s theme, Clara’s Dream, was carefully selected by Market chairman, Sara Wright Parr, and pays homage to the Market’s namesake – creating a scene reminiscent of the beautiful Nutcracker Ballet - and, of course, plenty of shopping.

Now in its 39th year the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market is an annual fundraiser that allows shoppers to give back to the Houston Ballet Foundation, its Academy and scholarship programs. Eleven percent of all merchandise sales, plus the proceeds from admission and special event tickets, stays right here in Houston supporting the various programs of Houston Ballet and its Academy. With the funds raised in 2018, 70,236 Houston-area students were exposed to ballet through the Academy’s Education and Community Engagement programs, $942,870 was awarded to approximately 246 students this past season to continue their dream of studying dance at Houston Ballet Academy, and students from nearly 368 Houston-area schools and community centers got their first opportunity to see ballet and hear from dancers through free programming, performances and classes at Houston Ballet’s prestigious Center for Dance.

Of the more than 260 merchants, 23 will make their debut at this year’s Nutcracker Market. New items include custom made dolls, sustainable clothing crafted from Alpaca fleece, bar accessories, authentic hair toppers and extensions and handmade personalized salt dough Christmas ornaments – just in time for the holidays. Shoppers can also expect to see returning favorites that have been participating in the Nutcracker Market for 25+ years, such as frozen Texas pecan toffee and other delightful treats from Susie’s South Forty Confections, gourmet tamales from Texas Tamale Co., hickory smoked meats from Bear Creek Smokehouse, handmade needlepoint stockings and gifts from Village Traditions, educational and imaginative toys from Houston’s own Imagination Unlimited, plus the 25th appearance of the ever-popular Houston Ballet Nutcracker Boutique.

On October 21, General Admission tickets go on sale at participating Houston-area Nutcracker Market merchant stores. Special event tickets (Wells Fargo Preview Party, Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon, Macy’s Fashion Show and Luncheon), Early Bird and group General Admission tickets can be purchased now by calling 713-535-3231.

The Nutcracker Market Raffle, open during the Market’s entirety, and sponsored by John Daugherty Realtors, includes everyone’s favorite items: a Dine Around gift card package (valued at $4,500+), a $1,000 Macy’s gift card, a beautiful cashmere and fox fur trim cape from new merchant Alaska Fur Gallery (valued at $1,500), a designer handbag, a gift card package from CITYCENTRE Houston, and more.

Hilton hotels of Houston have signed on as this year’s official hotel partner. Travelers can find more information on how to experience the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market with Hilton at travel.hilton.com/Houston.

MARKET DATES/HOURS
Thursday - Friday, November 14 and 15, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 16, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 17, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

GENERAL ADMISSION
Tickets are good for one-day admission during November 14-17, 2019. No repeat admission.

  • $20 each at NRG Center
  • Discount tickets available at Ticketmaster beginning August 12
  • Discount tickets at Houston-area Randalls beginning October 21
  • Discount tickets available at participating local Nutcracker Market merchant stores
  • Reduced-price admission is available daily, three hours prior to closing
  • Group Rate: Groups of 20 or more will receive a $2 discount off regular admission price by calling 713-535-3231 in advance
  • Children under 5 are free
  • For more ticket information, visit nutcrackermarket.com/tickets

EARLY BIRD
Tickets are good for repeat admission all four days and early 8:30 a.m. admission Thursday and Friday.

  • $50 each by calling 713-535-3231 in advance or at NRG Center starting at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.

There is a check-in area near the entry for strollers, carts, rolling bags and wagons as they are not permitted inside. Wheelchairs and walkers are permitted. Pets are not allowed.

SPECIAL EVENTS
Special event tickets are good for repeat admission all four days and early 8:30 a.m. admission on Thursday and Friday.

  • Wells Fargo Preview Party
    • Featuring an exclusive Wine Pull and Kendra Scott Jewelry Pull
    • Wednesday, November 13, 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    • Tickets start at $250
  • Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon
    • Featuring the Saks Fur Salon Pop-Up Shop
    • Thursday, November 14, 10:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Tickets start at $150
  • Macy’s Fashion Show and Luncheon
    • Featuring the Macy’s Fragrance Pop-Up Shop
    • Friday, November 15, 10:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Tickets start at $150

For more information about tickets, call 713-535-3231 or visit www.NutcrackerMarket.com.