7th edition

Les Grands Ballets’ Nutcracker Market

The magic is back at the Palais des Congrès!

Thousands of gift ideas await visitors at the Les Grands Ballets’ Nutcracker Market, back this year at the Palais des congrès from Thursday, November 24 to Sunday, December 4, 2016.

A record number of exhibitors are, for yet another year, working with The Nutcracker Fund for children. Nutcracker Market visitors will indeed be supporting a good cause, since 10% of exhibitors’ proceeds and all revenue earned by Les Grands Ballets during the event go directly to the Nutcracker Fund for Children.

The Nutcracker Market is all about gourmet delights, sumptuous fashions, one-of-a-kind decorative objects, must-have beauty and wellness products, unique toys and accessories for children, and all kinds of ideas for that ideal host or hostess gift. There’s something for everyone!

An Abundance of Gift Ideas
Unique gifts: Gourmet Pleasures – Beauty – Gifts – Home Decorations – Toys – Fashion

“For the past 5 years, The Nutcracker Market has been inviting the public to stock up on gifts in a fair where one can find a multitude of products by local artists.” − Caroline Bertrand, DécorMag, 2014

Nutcracker Market

Dancer: Esabelle Chen
Photo: Daphné Caron


Since its creation in 2010, the Nutcracker Market has earned a reputation as a can’t-miss, one-stop shopping event. Despite current economic difficulties facing the retail sector, the Montreal event’s value and appeal can be seen in its great number of visitors.

Through its ambitious projects and dedication to the community, Les Grands Ballets is constantly renewing itself, proving that dance has an important role to play even outside the cultural arena by contributing to the well-being of the entire community. The Nutcracker Fund for Children, funded in part by the Nutcracker Market, is one example of that role (FondsCasseNoisette.com).

The company will also be moving into its new home in the heart of Montreal’s entertainment district in fall 2017, alongside the National Centre for Dance Therapy.

All these initiatives have one artistic goal:
to move the world, differently.

The Nutcracker Fund for Children Activities
“Because all children do not have the same chances… ” More than ever this statement characterizes the essence of Les Grands Ballets’ mission. Through the Nutcracker Market, Les Grands Ballets is also perpetuating the values ​​associated with the spirit of the holiday season: generosity, tradition and sharing.

Each year, the Fund allows 2,800 disadvantaged children to attend a free performance of The Nutcracker and to participate in educational workshops and also serves to annually refurbish the sets and costumes for the ballet.
Une école montréalaise pour tous (Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport du Québec) chooses schools at random from Montreal’s most disadvantaged communities to participate in the program. Thanks to generous
contributions from businesses and individuals, 30,200 children have so far experienced this unique holiday magic.

On December 13, these children will live the magic of The Nutcracker thanks to the Educational Matinee, which will give them access to a free performance of the show.

To support his initiative, Les Grands Ballets relies on the generosity of enterprises and individuals who are invited to part in the Nutcracker Fund for Children’s Benefit-Brunch. Taking place on December 18 at noon, the event offers numerous activities for children such as magicians, make-up artists, a chocolate fountain and much more! A delicious gastronomic brunch prepared by our caterer and a draw of more than 200 prizes for adults and children also await the guests! The brunch is followed at 2 P.M. by a performance of The Nutcracker.

Free Admission
Opening Hours
Monday to Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Palais des Congrès
1001, place Jean-Paul-Riopelle Montréal (QC) H2Z 1H2

For more information: www.grandsballets.com/en/nutcracker/market/     514-849-8681