Houston Nutcracker Market to make in-person return this spring

The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market is returning in person for its spring iteration. (Courtesy Jennifer Greene/HoustonBallet)
The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market is returning in person for its spring iteration. (Courtesy Jennifer Greene/HoustonBallet)

The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market is returning in person for its spring iteration. (Courtesy Jennifer Greene/HoustonBallet)

Now in its third year, the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market will make an in-person return this spring.

From April 16-18, the spring Nutcracker Market will return in person at NRG Center after the event was canceled last year.

Of the 150 merchants on the roster, nearly 50 will be making their spring debut.

“We cannot overstate how excited we are to return to NRG Center and bring back an in-person Market for our merchants and shoppers,” said Patsy Chapman, CEO of the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market, in a March 2 announcement. “We have carefully and thoughtfully prepared our plan for in-person shopping with recommendations from local and national experts on reopening protocols. Many aspects of the Market will look a little different, but ultimately, the experience of shopping for a great cause is still at the heart of this event.”

Customers can expect a wide array of products celebrating all things spring and summer, from graduation and wedding gifts to beach accessories and backyard barbecue needs.


The market will closely follow federal, state and local government health and safety guidelines, including guidance from various organizations, such as ASM Global, VenueShield, and CAA-ICON Advisory Services.

The event will be spaced out so customers and vendors can remain socially distant.

“For example, our aisles will be double the size of the average grocery store aisle,” Chapman said in the announcement. “Additionally, we are tracking the exact number of how many shoppers are inside the building at all times to ensure the hall is below capacity. We feel confident about our ability to maintain capacity limits given Nutcracker Market SPRING is a significantly smaller show than our November event.”

For full ticket and event information, visit the market's website.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.