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It’s official, tickets go on sale October 17 for the 36th annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market set for Nov. 10-13 at NRG Center. Due to tremendous popularity last year, general admission tickets will once again be available for purchase online through Ticketmaster in addition to Houston-area Randalls locations. For many in Houston, the Nutcracker Market is the Super Bowl of shopping events and marks the start of the holiday season.

“Our shoppers responded well to the convenience in being able to purchase tickets online last year, so we are bringing that option back in 2016,” said Patsy Chapman, CEO of the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. “Pre-purchasing general admission tickets through Ticketmaster or Randalls is the easiest way to avoid lines and gain the fastest entry to the Nutcracker Market.”

General admission tickets are $18 at Randalls locations throughout Houston, or $18 plus fees and surcharges through Ticketmaster.com. Tickets will be available for $20 at the door during Market hours.

From humble beginnings in a community church in 1981, the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has grown to become the second-largest charity event at NRG Park and this year will mark its 36th year. More than 300 merchants will travel from across the country to participate in the 2016 Nutcracker Market selling everything from unique gift items, home décor, to gourmet food, clothing, toys, jewelry and more! New vendors will join familiar favorites like the Texas Tamale Co. and the ever popular Donne Di Domani marinara sauce, plus home decorative accessories from Paul Michael Co., ornamental metal accessories from The Round Top Collection, and holiday decorations from Clutter Yule Love.

As is the tradition each year, the Market takes on a new theme and this year’s “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was carefully selected by Market chairman, Mary Alice Parmet. The theme celebrates the shopping spirit of the holiday season, and the camaraderie the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market creates among shoppers and the Houston community.

Proceeds from each admission and special event ticket that you purchase, plus 10% of all the merchandise you buy, goes back to Houston Ballet Foundation, its Academy and Scholarship Programs.


Thursday – Friday, November 10 and 11, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, November 12 and 13, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are good for one day admission only during November 10-13, 2016. No repeat admission.

– $20 each at Market
– $18 each at Houston-area Randalls beginning October 17
– $18 each (plus surcharge) online at Ticketmaster beginning October 17
– Half-price admission is available daily, three hours prior to closing
– Children under 5 are free
– Group Rate: Groups of 20 or more will receive a $2 discount off regular admission price (must purchase in advance)

Tickets are good for repeat admission all four days and early 9:00 am admission Thursday and Friday.

– $50 each at Market or order over the phone by calling 713-535-3231 prior to November 4, 2016

Complimentary stroller, cart, rolling bag and wagon checkroom is provided as they are not permitted inside. Wheelchairs and walkers are permitted. Pets are not allowed.

Special Event tickets are good for repeat admission all four days and early 9:00 a.m. admission on Thursday and Friday.

Wells Fargo Preview Party
Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $250

Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon
Thursday, November 10, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $135

Macy’s Fashion Show and Brunch
Friday, November 11, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $135

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