The Nutcracker Market is one of Houston’s biggest shopping events, and it signals the start of the Christmas season. It is held at NRG Center, which is a part of the stadium grounds. I have wanted to go for the past three years, but admittedly it is too steep of an admission price for me. It is $20 to get in, with proceeds going towards the Houston Ballet.
This year, I planned it out to use the last bit of my birthday money to be able to go. My co-worker and friend Tricia came with me.
Tricia went to buy our tickets when a woman was handing out left over 4-day early bird passes for free! These are a $50 value, and are good for repeat admission for all four days of the market, and allow us to get in earlier than 10 a.m. general admission. We got there just after 9:30 a.m. We lucked out!
A good word to describe the Nutcracker Market is “overwhelming,” both in a good and bad way. Bad because there are so many people, and there are just times when the aisles back up with people not being able to move. (We were expecting this to be the case though.) It is overwhelming in a good way because there are hundreds of vendors. It is a great way to get your Christmas shopping done all in one place.
It’s also a good way to get into the Christmas spirit, if only for all of the Christmas displays alone. There were tons and tons of Christmas trees, all with people lining up by them to get their selfies.
There were mostly women at the event, and they all seemed to come in packs. A lot of them were wearing matching Christmas themed shirts, and wearing silly Christmas hats. I think this is a good strategy though, in case if you get lost from one another.
Because of the gifted tickets, after two and a half hours with Tricia, I was able to rest up for a few hours, and then go back for round two with Derek. It is worth it to go back a second time. I was able to see a lot that I missed the first time around. Tricia then picked up the tickets from me and she was able to go back, too.
Some of the things that Derek and I bought include: a Christmas ornament that says “Merry Texmas Y’all,” a silver Texas charm that I can put on a chain, a bag of chocolate toffee (which is already gone) a new wallet for Derek, gumbo soup mix and a canvas Christmas scene painting with LED lights in it.