2012 Nutcracker Market + $1 Off Admission Coupon

Every November the Houston Ballet kicks off the holiday season with the huge Nutcracker Market at Reliant.  It’s hard to believe it is already that time, but the market starts tomorrow.

Reliant Center
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 10 AM – 9 PM
Friday, November 9, 2012, 10 AM – 9 PM
Saturday, November 10, 2012, 10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday, November 11, 2012, 10 AM – 6 PM

Discount tickets may be purchased at Houston-area Randalls for $12.00.   Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $13.00. Half-price admission is available daily 3 hours prior to closing. Children under 6 are free.


For a coupon good for $1 off admission, go HERE.


What you need to know:  I’ve attended the Nutcracker Market for many years and it has become a tradition. I’ve gone with and without kids, and it is much easier without kids. No strollers are allowed and it is very crowded, so it’s not easy to chase or carry kids.  That said, if you do not have child care, feel free to take your kids.  Just be prepared to have them walk or to carry them.

Bring exact change (and THIS coupon) for your tickets.  If there is a long line to buy tickets, you can often skip ahead if you have exact change.

Alcohol is served and I think this is why everyone goes so crazy buying things at the market!   As for other refreshments, drinks are just plain expensive. A bottle of coke is $4 at every stand.  I suggest that you bring in a drink, and maybe a snack, in your bag. Last year I was able to bring in a McDonald’s tea in with no questions asked.

Food is expensive, but not as outrageous as the drinks. Last year I saw huge loaded baked potatoes for $8. Big salads were about the same. There were a lot of options and I’m sure you can find something good. If you want to save a little money, bring in your own lunch.  You can take it to the back and watch the holiday programs while you eat.

My final tip is on the restrooms. Most of the men’s rooms are converted to women’s restrooms for the event, still, the lines are long. I suggest going to the back of the hall where there is less traffic and a much shorter line.

If you want to shop, there are a lot of unique items in lots of booths.  Go HERE for the full list of participating vendors.  If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, there is plenty of people watching to do.

Go check out the Nutcracker Market and let me know what you think!

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