Houston has an exciting temporary market that pops up twice a year to give locals access to thousands of homemade goods and a variety of products from local businesses. This year, the Spring Nutcracker Market in Houston was canceled amid growing fears of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the event will go on — but now it will be completely online. 

Get your virtual shopping carts ready, because you will be filling it up with all of the same exciting things you would see at the original Nutcracker Market.

You can shop from 85 of the 160 merchants who were scheduled to be at the market this spring. All proceeds will go straight to the vendors, so you'll be helping local businesses while staying safe from home!

According to the CEO of the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market, Patsy Chapman, this virtual market is the best way to get an "alternative space for our merchants to showcase their items" during these difficult and unexpected times.

To access the virtual marketplace, you can visit their Facebook page here. Once you have joined the group, you will get access to all wares posted by the vendors.

You can honestly scroll for hours looking at all the exciting things for sale. This is great since you'll have all of March and April to find the coolest gifts — for others and for yourself.

Just a few of the things you can find right now are fashion accessories, hair supplies, bags, toys, towels, home goods, delicious desserts, dresses, bows, and stylish outfits.

You can explore the thousands of goods up for sale on the virtual marketplace on Facebook. The Nutcracker Market will be open online through April 30.

Don't worry if you bought your market ticket and now can't attend, you are still able to get a full refund until May 15.

Help out your local small businesses and check out the market. We can make it through these unfortunate times if we all work together.

Stay safe, Houston!