Nutcracker Market 2010 Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

Nutcracker Market 2010 happens Nov. 11-14 this year at the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas. According to HCNOnline.com, the Nutcracker Market is celebrating its 30th anniversay this year.

According to its website, the Nutcracker Market will feature over 323 national and international merchants selected for their unique offerings selling all kinds of things, from home decor to clothing and accessories to gourmet food.

The Nutcracker Market event has "really become a holiday tradition in Houson," said Patsy Chapman, Houston Ballet's director of individual giving and events, according to HCNOnline.com. "People look forward to the Nutcracker Market. They wait all year long. They know they are going to be able to find unusual items. We dont sell only holiday stuff by any means. And there are things that are $1 and there are things that are $1,000. If you cant find something to buy at the Nutcracker Market then you are not a good shopper.
Proceeds from the market benefit the Houston Ballet Foundation, Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy, and its scholarship funds.

"In that 30 years, we've raised over $30 million," Chapman said, the publication reported.

This year, the theme is "Holiday Under the Big Top," conceived by Market chairman S. Shawn Stephens.

The Nutcracker Market began in 1981 by Preston Frazier who put up the event as a fundraising project for Houston Ballet Guild. The first years of the event took place in churches and hotels. It debuted at the George R. Brown Convention Center in 1988, then moved to the Reliant Center in 2002 and has been there since.According to HCNOnline.com, more than 85,000 shoppers who attended chipped in more than $2.5 million for Houston Ballet in 2009. During the Nutcracker Markets four days, merchant sales totaled $13.7 million.For more information, visit the Nutcracker Market 2010's website.
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