Nutcracker Market & Christmas in Houston

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.

Another telltale sign that the holidays are upon us, is when the holiday decor goes up on Westheimer Avenue in Highland Village.

(p.s. the new Restoration Hardware opens next week.  They are going to have a Baby & Child section in the store too, previously, they were only online).

The street is actually really pretty at night when all the white Christmas lights on the palm trees are lit.  Also, that shopping area plays music outside, which is nice to hear while you are walking around.

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What signals the start of the holiday season to you?   🙂


  1. November 8, 2011 / 4:52 am

    It's so cool to see Christmas decor mixed with palm trees. 🙂 But that's because I'm a northern girl, I guess.
    The market sounds awesome,and is just another reason I wish were in Houston this week for work instead of Dallas. It seems as though Houston is the cool city.

  2. November 8, 2011 / 10:55 am

    I am really excited for Christmas this year! And now that I've seen that red Starbucks cup, I absolutely must have an eggnog latte.

  3. November 8, 2011 / 12:39 pm

    They started putting up the tree at our local outdoor mall the other day. It is so pretty when all lit up at night. Looking forward to the holidays this year.

  4. November 8, 2011 / 1:29 pm

    Your blog always makes me homesick! I was forced to move away from Houston when I got married to a Marine…Yes, I did ask if I could stay in Houston while he "plays war" but he said I couldn't. I usually make it home for the Nutcracker but this year, it didn't work out. I'm only *slightly* bitter. So, please post pics so I can live vicariously through your pics and my mom's stories. *Sigh*

  5. November 8, 2011 / 2:27 pm

    Black Friday is like the shining beacon that rings in the Christmas season for me. 😉 I always grab a Peppermint Mocha and hit the stores.

  6. November 8, 2011 / 2:51 pm

    I go to Nutcracker every year! I can't wait until Friday. It's always packed but so much fun. You can literally shop til you drop here.

  7. November 8, 2011 / 3:24 pm

    So funny you posted this…in Nashville, we have a holiday marked called Christmas Village that is this weekend–my Mom and I make an afternoon date out of it every year and it's one of my most favorite events to stock up on gifts, goodies, and food!

  8. November 8, 2011 / 4:06 pm

    Megan, I saw those pictures, and thought "hey that's my neighborhood" lol I've been following your blog but I had no idea that you were in Houston too! That's awesome. I'm sad I wont make it to the Nutcracker Market this year; I have enjoyed it in the past though, so have fun!!!!

  9. November 8, 2011 / 5:18 pm

    As much as I would love to go to the Nutcracker Market I am afraid of losing all self control there. I always hear how amazing it is.
    I was in Uptown Park last week and they were putting up their holiday lights, it made me so excited!

  10. November 8, 2011 / 9:58 pm

    So excited to hit the Nutcracker Market with friends on Saturday! It's my first time so I'm expecting to be completely overwhelmed — in a good way!! 🙂 That new RH is going to be insane – excited to check it out! Happy (almost) Holidays!

  11. November 8, 2011 / 11:01 pm

    I am so pumped for Nutcracker Market this year! Can't wait to load up with my girlfriends and stock up on holiday goodies 🙂

  12. Fashion Meets Food
    November 8, 2011 / 6:08 pm

    What pretty decorations! xo

  13. Amanda
    November 8, 2011 / 8:07 pm

    I am sooo excited about the RH grand opening! Hoping to get in there this weekend sometime. Have fun at the Nutcracker Market!

  14. November 9, 2011 / 2:54 am

    love love love the holidays in Houston! the big red bows are amazing 🙂 when I moved here, I remember being blown away by all of the decor!

  15. November 9, 2011 / 2:25 pm

    I love the decorations in Highland Village! So fun. And… I know this is sad, but I've never been to the Nutcracker Market! I'm 35 weeks pregnant so I'm not sure I could handle walking for that long, but next year!!! – Meg @

  16. November 9, 2011 / 5:43 pm

    I'll be out of town and will miss it….I swear I miss it EVERY year

  17. November 10, 2011 / 9:46 pm

    Soooooo fun!!!! Love the pics! Xoxo!

  18. November 12, 2011 / 9:38 pm

    Ohhh yay!!!! another houston blogger! AND i love, love the nutcracker market. a day full of shopping and wine. perfect!!!

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