In Houston, one of the kickoffs to the holiday season is the annual Nutcracker Market, a gathering of over 300 boutique owners selling their goods, which range from home décor, gourmet food, garden, clothing, sporting gifts, novelties, and accessories. All proceeds from the Market benefit Houston Ballet Foundation, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy and its scholarship funds.
It’s really fun to grab your girlfriends (I think men are allowed, however, I never seem to see any there:) and a Starbuck’s and enjoy seeing all the shops and handmade Christmas goodies. I read that no strollers are allowed (probably because it gets so congested) so I’ll probably leave James home this year. It’s getting more difficult to shop with him anyway.