Monday, November 15, 2010


Nutcracker Market Overview
Houston Ballet is excited to announce the 30th annual Nutcracker Market November 11-14, 2010 at Reliant Center. The Market will be open from 10 a.m - 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Featured at this year’s Market are over 323 national and international merchants carefully selected for their unique offerings — including many new merchants — selling gifts for the entire family — home d├ęcor, gourmet food, garden, clothing, sporting gifts, novelties, accessories and more. All proceeds from the Market benefit Houston Ballet Foundation, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy and its scholarship funds.
This year’s Market theme, conceived of by Market chairman S. Shawn Stephens, is “Holiday Under the Big Top”.
The Nutcracker Market is a continued success thanks in part to hundreds of gracious volunteers. You can get involved one of two ways, as an individual or as a Houston Ballet Guild member. To learn more, click here for volunteer information or click here to read about the Houston Ballet Guild.
Houston-area Randalls stores will sell $11 tickets beginning October 18. Seniors may request $1 off at the Reliant Center ticket window, with a maximum $1 discount. Children under 5 are free, and half-price admission is available daily 3 hours prior to closing. Admission at the door is $12.
Tickets for four special events are also available by calling 713-535-3231. Special events include: Priority Shopping and Four Day Pass, Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon, Macy's Fashion Show and Holiday Brunch, and Wells Fargo Preview Party. For $35, a Priority Shopping Pass grants access to the Market all four days, with entry beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday and Friday. For more information about these events please click here.
Cart/Stroller Check-In Area
Market-goers will find a check-in near the ticket windows for strollers, carts, rolling bags and wagons, as they’re not permitted inside for the safety of others. Pets are not allowed.
Free shuttles run throughout the parking areas, and pedi-cabs will carry shoppers to their cars.
For more information, contact Houston Ballet Foundation at (713) 535 3271 or

Amazingly this is all I bought.
The Gaido's Cookbook, a zebra spa wrap for my neck,
a Fleur de lis cake server and 3 jars of jellies,dips and spreads.


This was my first time attending the Nutcracker Market. It was a bit pricey $10 for parking $12 to get in. A nice lady in line gave me a $1 off coupon for admission. I went on Thursday afternoon. I figured it wouldn't be as crowded. I got there about 3pm and left at 8pm. The first hour it was almost impossible to really get to see much. It was very crowded.

The majority of the ladies there were dressed to the nines including myself. The fashions were inspiring. Short dresses and cowboy boots were the rage.

There were full bars set up thru out the event. So Mimosa's, Bellini's ,Glasses of wine, even Margarita's abound. I was also impressed by the shoe shine stand that had been converted to giving women foot massages and serving champagne.

There were a few token men there. Generally left standing somewhere guarding the purchases of their wife and daughters.
This event is not for the faint of heart. Its a marathon.
I strongly advise anyone attending not to bring children ,
or anyone with mobility issues . LEIBMANS.COM


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