Vendors at the Nutcracker Market will be open for business Thursday at Reliant Center.

Last year the annual Shopping event drew a crowd of more than 70,000.

More than 300 vendors sell giftable holiday items and sweets. The Nutcracker Market is the largest fundraiser for the Houston Ballet. Last year the event brought in more than $2 million for the Ballet.

November 12-15 Shoppers will pay admission to enter the event at Reliant Center. There they'll find gourmet food, home decor, accessories, and more. Over the course of 4 days, Nutcracker Merchants made more than $12 million in sales in 2008.

This is the 29th Annual Nutcracker Market in Houston.