Turning visions of sugarplums into a retail reality, Pennsylvania Ballet’s first-ever Nutcracker Market debuts at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, with a preview party on Friday, December 6.
This brand-new pop-up holiday market, which is a fundraiser for both Pennsylvania Ballet and The School of Pennsylvania Ballet, will feature curated goods from 50 select exhibitors offering a variety of gifts and hand-crafted works — from ornaments and jewelry to photography and dance-inspired pieces.
The market will also include such ongoing activities as origami lessons, appearances by characters from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, a candy shop, Fleisher Art Memorial’s art and crafts experience van, and performances by area school and arts groups.
So as market-goers won’t go hungry, Garces Catering hosts a Nutcracker Market cafe with breakfast breads, sandwiches and desserts, as well as seasonal beverages, both adult and non-alcoholic.
Plus, Garces Group’s pastry chef Jessica Mogardo is set to host two gingerbread-house building workshops for children. For $25, each child will receive a gingerbread house kit and then be taught to build it.
On Friday, the preview party offers shoppers a chance to experience the extravaganza before it opens to the public. Tickets, $100, include festive holiday fare and cocktails from Garces Catering and more.
The market is free and open to the public Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday, December 6, a special ticketed preview party kicks off the weekend from 6 to 8 p.m.
For a complete list of exhibitors and to purchase preview party tickets, check online.
Make plans to take a twirl through this pop-up holiday bazaar.
When: December 6-8
Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets
Cost: Free admission
More info: www.paballet.org