The Houston Ballet's Nutcracker Market comes once a year here in Houston at the Reliant Center. That is correct...MARKET and not the ballet. In case you haven't noticed, most people do not listen emphatically and as soon as you say "Nutcracker", it is assumed that you are heading to the ballet. Mark thought that for 2 years but caught on when he noticed all the bags that I was bringing home.
It's a four day holiday shopping wonderland where ladies get together to sip cocktails and shop 'til they drop from hundreds of vendors to get into the holiday spirit.
Yes, there are bars set up throughout the venue to make sure everyone has a good time while shopping.
Mom came down two years ago to experience it and we were there when the doors opened and didn't leave until they kicked us out at the end of the night.
Needless to say my mom and I are shoppers.
She couldn't make it last year but this year her and my sister came down for a girls shopping weekend!
It's always held in the beginning of November and this year it fell on my sister's birthday. It was so wonderful, not only getting to see sis on her birthday, but initiating her into the HBNM. Since my sister isn't a shopper, and it was her birthday I made sure I had mimosa's ready for tailgating before hand in the parking lot! How often does one tailgate before they shop?
I found a great jean jacket and a couple of baseball style t's that are to die for...
We didn't close the market down this year but ended the day at Truluck's for her birthday dinner!
We came home, planked and went straight to bed because we had another full day of shopping ahead of us. It just so happened that Nordstrom was having their women's & kids half yearly sale...lucky us!
As always, I dreaded the drive back to the airport not because it's 45 minutes away but because I always hate to see them go.