Bold, bizarre and bangin’: These are strange, wonderful things we spotted at Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Market
The Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Market ushers in the twinkliest season of the year. It’s the city’s de facto invitation to cast aside jack-o-lanterns, plastic pumpkins and autumnal decor in favor of tinsel, pine trees and all-things red and green.
PHOTOS: Nutcracker Market doesn’t disappoint. See the wild, wonderful holiday garb shoppers wore in celebration of event’s triumphant return.
The Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Market kicked off today, celebrating their 40th anniversary after going virtual last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shoppers from all around were excited to explore the nearly 150 merchant stalls, while showcasing their holiday spirit.
Prizes galore from the Nutcracker Market!
If you’re looking for a way to celebrate spring, there’s no doubt you will want to check out the Nutcracker Market coming to the NRG Center from April 16-18! Nearly 150 merchants will be showcasing seasonal items, including apparel, vacation accessories, gourmet food, home decor items, and much, much more.
Houston Nutcracker Market Spring announces in-person shopping: Here’s how organizers want it to work
HOUSTON – The Nutcracker Market Spring said Tuesday that it is planning an in-person event for April 16-18, 2021 at NRG Center. COVID-19 prompted the cancellation of in-person shopping for both Nutcracker Market and Nutcracker Market Spring in 2020. The market will be spread through four halls, as compared to the two halls used for the 2019 Nutcracker Market Spring. While November’s long-running Nutcracker Market serves as Houston’s holiday season kick-off, Nutcracker Market Spring celebrates all things spring and summer – from unique graduation and wedding gifts to everything needed to accessorize for the beach, backyard BBQ’s, and warm weather fun. Along with the annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market held in November, Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market SPRING is a fundraiser that allows shoppers to give back to the community.
NRG Center hosting emergency blood drive
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is partnering with NRG Center to host an emergency blood drive. The Blood Center will be doing the drive on their donor coach located in front of NRG Center on Friday, Feb. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 20. H-E-B FOR GOVERNOR: 'H-E-B for governor': Texans praise H-E-B for freeze responseAccording to a recent social media post, the organization said they have lost over 2,000+ units of blood and surgeries are being postponed until they can replenish their supply. To schedule an appointment for Friday, Feb. 19, you can click here. To schedule an appointment for Saturday, Feb. 20. you can click here.chron.com
What you need to know about this spring’s Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market, coming in April
Consumer Expert Amy Davis previews the first ever spring Nutcracker marketHOUSTON – The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market will make a return for the spring season this April. Keep an eye out in the next few weeks for on sale dates for Nutcracker Market SPRING* General Admission tickets! Though... Posted by Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market on Monday, February 1, 2021Due to capacity restrictions, all guests must purchase a ticket to enter the Market, regardless of age. Ticket purchases and 10% of merchandise proceeds will benefit the Houston Ballet Foundation, its academy, and scholarship programs. IF YOU GOHouston Ballet Nutcracker Market -- SpringWhere: NRG CenterWhen: April 16-18Tickets: $20 per person, regardless of ageTickets can be purchased at any H-E-B Business Center or on Ticketmaster.
Nutcracker Market going all virtual this year
HOUSTON – The Nutcracker Market will be going all virtual this year. The market, which is the largest single fundraiser for the Houston Ballet, will be extended to a monthlong event for online shopping. More than 200 merchants have signed up to participate in the virtual event that will run from Nov. 11 to Dec. 11. The holiday tradition was set to open its 40th year at NRG Center on Nov. 11. A spring version of the Nutcracker Market was launched in 2019.
Harris County replaces unused NRG Arena tent hospital with new facility for potential COVID-19 surge
HOUSTON – The controversial ‘Tent Hospital’ that was assembled, sat unused and then deconstructed, is being replaced with another facility inside NRG Arena. The price tag is to keep the makeshift 150-bed facility in a state of readiness, Hidalgo said. Air filtration in the section of NRG Arena, where the facility is located, has been upgraded to accommodate patients. Hidalgo said that the new facility is more cost-effective than the old temporary hospital and will be managed by Harris County instead of a third-party contractor. When I hear people talk about ‘in case there’s a second surge,’ last time I checked, we didn’t have the first surge,” KPRC2 Analyst Ed Emmett said.
How you can shop the Houston Ballet’s Spring Nutcracker Market online
HOUSTON – The Houston Ballet Spring Nutcracker Market, scheduled to begin April 17 at NRG Center, has been canceled because of coronavirus concerns. This would have been the second Nutcracker Spring Market. Nearly 160 vendors were lined up to travel to Houston for the Houston Ballet fundraiser. Donate your payment to the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. Transfer the amount you paid for your Spring Nutcracker Market early bird ticket ($30) towards purchasing an early bird ticket to the Nutcracker Market November 12th -15th.
Houston Rodeo canceled over coronavirus concerns, prompted by Montgomery County case
Houston Rodeo canceled over coronavirus concerns, prompted by Montgomery County caseChele Summers, left, and Amber Hood of Darry Equipment Co., take down their sign after the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo closed early on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 97 Caption Close Houston Rodeo canceled over coronavirus concerns, prompted by Montgomery County case 1 / 97 Back to GalleryMayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday ordered the shutdown of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo due to concerns about coronavirus after a Montgomery County man with no recent travel history tested positive for COVID-19. Montgomery County officials said the man attended a barbecue cookoff at the rodeo late last month but was not exhibiting symptoms at the time. Rodeo officials said they were deeply saddened but agreed with the citys move to cancel the popular annual event. He stressed that all known cases in the area before the Montgomery County case were travel-related, and all but one were all related to the same Egyptian cruise ship.chron.com
Houston Rodeo is expected to shut down over coronavirus concerns, sources say
Houston Rodeo is expected to shut down over coronavirus concerns, sources sayA sign tells people to wash their hands at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Friday, March 6, 2020, at NRG Center in Houston. A sign tells people to wash their hands at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Friday, March 6, 2020, at NRG Center in Houston. Photo: Jon Shapley, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Photo: Jon Shapley, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 38 Caption Close Houston Rodeo is expected to shut down over coronavirus concerns, sources say 1 / 38 Back to GalleryOfficials are expected to announce the closure of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at a noon news conference, sources with knowledge of the discussions said Wednesday. The pending announcement would come days after rodeo officials said it had no plans to cancel the annual festival. As of Wednesday morning, more than 11,000 people had signed an online petition urging cancellation of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.chron.com
Stay out of the rain: Enjoy these fun indoor activities at the Rodeo
Here are just a few things:See cows and other livestock at NRG Center (KPRC)In the back of the NRG Center, you can walk through and see livestock including sheep, cows and more. Watch the livestock show at NRG Center (KPRC)You can also sit and watch people show prize livestock. Enjoy a petting zoo at NRG Center (KPRC)Feed and pet some adorable animals, including baby goats, deer and alpacas. Food inside NRG Center (KPRC)If you are looking for a break or something to eat, check out one of the many food vendors inside NRG Center. (KPRC)See some cute, newborn animals inside the NRG Center.
Top quilters receive ribbons in Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s 2020 Quilt contest
HOUSTON – With more than 60 entries from quilters across the designated 68 Area Go Texan counties and Houston-area counties, winners of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2020 Quilt Contest were announced Monday. Those who had winning quilts will have their artwork showcased in the NRG Center during the rodeo, which begins Tuesday. Ribbons were awarded in categories that included, Overall Best of Show, Best of Division, Best of Go Texan Award and Judges Choice, among others. The Overall Best of Show winner was Virginia Horton, for her quilt called “Star Crossed,” which represented Live Oak County, Area Go Texan Committee. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will run through March 22.
Here’s Tuesday’s schedule at the Houston Rodeo
The Houston Rodeo kicks off on Tuesday and there’s a full slate of things to do. Here’s a rundown:8 a.m.NCHA Cutting: $5,000 Novice Horse - NRG ArenaNCHA Cutting: $35,000 Non-Pro - NRG ArenaNCHA Cutting: $50,000 Amateur - NRG Arena10 a.m.Ranching & Wildlife Expo (closes at 7 p.m.) - NRG Center, East End 2nd Floor11 a.m.Family Entertainment (hourly, ends at 6 p.m.) - The JunctionThe Junction Carnival (closes at midnight) - The Junction1 p.m. Youth Cattle Show: American Aberdeen NRG Center – Main Arena (East Side)Youth Steer Show: Wagyu NRG Center – Main Arena (West Side)2:30 p.m.Open Cattle Show: American Red Brangus NRG Center – Main Arena (West Side)4 p.m.Live Music: Keith Hickle - Champion Wine Garden Carruth Plaza, Acoustic Stage4:30 p.m.Open Cattle Show: Red Angus NRG Center – Main Arena (East Side)5 p.m.Open Cattle Show: Hereford/Polled Hereford NRG Center – Main Arena (West Side)5:30 p.m.Cattle Sale: United Braford Breeders NRG Center – East Arena6:30 p.m.Live Music: Trent Cowie Band - Champion Wine Garden Carruth Plaza, Main Stage6:45 p.m.Super Series I Round 1, followed by Midland in concert - NRG Stadium10:15 p.m.Live Music: Josh Grider - The Hideout, NRG Park
5 things you never knew about Nutcracker Market
This article is sponsored by Houston Ballet's Nutcracker Market. Most notably, since 1981, the market has contributed more than $68.8 million back to the Houston Ballet. Former First Lady Barbara Bush cut the ribbon at the opening of the Nutcracker Market. In 2019, after 38 years of hosting its annual holiday shopping extravaganza, the Nutcracker Market branched out by creating a brand-new market filled with seasonal items for spring and summer. The Spring Spectacular hosted more than 160 merchants, including several Nutcracker Market favorites, as well as many new ones from across the country.
The Sneaker Summit Provides A Space For Women To Express Themselves
On stage, in the center of it all, stood Tausha Sanders, the media maven for the Sneaker Summit and its womens edition SneakHer Summit. Dressed simply in a Sneaker Summit staff shirt and shorts with matching kicks she split the stage in half and stood between two contestants as they were blindfolded. Related Stories Houston Kicks it at the 2019 Summer Sneaker SummitEXPAND Sanders and the Sneaker Summit crew pose for a pic. "We decided to create a platform focused on women and really create a community of female sneaker heads. Photo by Doogie RouxWomen dictate a lot in terms of fashion and theres a lot of fashion here at the Sneaker Summit," says Bun B.houstonpress.com
PHOTOS: 42nd annual Houston World Series of Dog Shows
HOUSTON - Who let the dogs out? It's part of the 42nd annual Houston World Series of Dog Shows. The family-friendly event offered entertainment and education for people and their pets. There are performances and contests like flyball, canine musical freestyle, grooming, obedience and even dog-breed seminars. Check out some of the doggone cute photos from the event:Copyright 2019 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.
NRG Center goes to the dogs at Houston World Series of Dog Shows
NRG Center goes to the dogs at Houston World Series of Dog ShowsPeople pose for a photograph with their dogs at the Houston World Series of Dog Show at NRG Center on Friday, July 19, 2019, in Houston. People pose for a photograph with their dogs at the Houston World Series of Dog Show at NRG Center on Friday, July 19, 2019, in Houston. Photo: Yi-Chin Lee, Staff Photographer Photo: Yi-Chin Lee, Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 42 Caption Close NRG Center goes to the dogs at Houston World Series of Dog Shows 1 / 42 Back to GalleryFrom energetic terriers to beloved basset hounds, dogs from almost every breed held the spotlight Friday night at the Houston World Series of Dog Shows. More than 14,000 canine participants showcased their talent at NRG Center this week at the 42nd annual event. The Houston World Series of Dog Shows ends Sunday.chron.com
WOOF! Have fun with your favorite four-legged pet at Houston World Series of Dog Shows
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The Houston World Series of Dog Shows is back for its 42nd year.The dog show is taking place at NRG Center now until July 21. Families of all ages and sizes are invited out to watch dogs compete in contest events such as flyball, canine musical freestyle, grooming competitions and obedience.And of course, you can bring your four-legged friend to the show. More than 150 dog breeds will be represented this weekend.There will also be a Meet the Breeds event, where you can encounter with more than 110 dog breeds and discuss them with experts.General show hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Ticket information can be found on the Houston Dog Shows websiteabc13.com