The 38th annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market Cruising into Christmas returns to NRG Center November 8-11. Over 270 merchants from across the country will showcase their unique gift items, including home décor, gourmet food, apparel, toys, candles, jewelry, novelties, accessories and more.
The Nutcracker Market is an annual fundraiser that allows shoppers to give back to the Houston Ballet Foundation, the Academy and its 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 2017, almost 61,300 Houston-area students were exposed to ballet through the Academy’s Education and Community Engagement programs, $865,000 was awarded to 230 students to continue their dream of studying dance at Houston Ballet Academy, and students from 245 Houston-area schools 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.