, 2022-11-09 20:41:53,
The first official Christmas market is said to have occurred in Dresden, Germany, in 1434. Centuries later and some five thousand miles away, Texans have embraced the tradition. In nearly every city across the state, you’ll find some version of a craft show, bazaar, or festival featuring handmade works and plenty of holiday cheer. Here are thirteen of the best markets to shop this season.
Houston | November 10–13
It takes a village—or, more accurately, a thousand volunteers—to put on the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market, which hosts nearly three hundred vendors in a decked-out convention center next door to the Astrodome. Now in its forty-second year, the market draws shoppers and arts patrons who are eager to find the perfect gift and give back. (All of the proceeds from the market’s luncheons, fashion shows, and $20 entry fee add to the more than $80 million the market has raised for the Houston Ballet Foundation.)
Many longtime marketgoers arrive in matching, holiday-themed T-shirts, hats, and accessories. If you’re to join the massive festive affair, you’ll need a game plan. Peruse the market’s website in advance for a list of vendors, or pick up a program when you arrive. Take advantage of the curbside pickup option so you can shop without being bogged down by bags, and go later in the day for smaller crowds. Lastly, be sure to stop by booth 907, also known as the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Boutique, for a…
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