For some, the start of holiday shopping is the day after Thanksgiving. For others, it's the day after Halloween. But for many Houstonians, the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market is the true kickoff for the Christmas season. The market is one of the biggest of its kind in the United States. And with all kinds of apparel, food, jewelry, and decor, this massive bazaar is the best spot in the city to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.