Bodies of water are frequent metaphors in poetry, due to their unfathomable depths, unknowable sprawl, and unattainable porpoises. Glide into an enigma with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $25, you get a theater outing for two to see The Match Girl’s Gift: A Christmas Story on Padelford Riverboats’ Centennial Showboat, docked at Harriet Island Regional Park in St. Paul (up to a $50 value). The outing includes:
- Two general-admission tickets
- Two drink tickets
This deal is valid for any performance from Friday, November 25 to Saturday, December 31. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday begin at 2 p.m., and evening shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday begin at 8 p.m. Seating will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis.
Rocking gently atop the currents of the Mississippi River, the Centennial Showboat’s intimate, 225-seat playhouse nets applause from buoyant theatergoers with year-round plays and musicals. Originally penned by Hans Christian Andersen, The Match Girl’s Gift: A Christmas Story rouses seasonal spirit with an uplifting tale that follows Lizzie, a youngster on the streets scraping through life by peddling matches to strangers and dwindling dumpster fires. After a particularly difficult night, Lizzie channels the warm, comforting presence of her grandmother before utilizing a newfound mirth to reveal the true meaning of the holidays to others. Prior to the performance, live Christmas caroling and eggnog-chugging contests coax Yuletide vibes from visitors, who are free to dispense cheer on the showboat’s outdoor decks or in a pair of opulent Victorian reception rooms.
In 1969, the founder of Padelford Riverboats, Captain William D. Bowell, Sr., launched the Jonathan Padelford steamwheeler into the Mississippi, hoping to bring visitors to the riverfront for leisurely jaunts. After more than 30 years of expanding his fleet and ferrying passengers along the historic waterways, he handed the reigs over to his daughters and nephew. Today, the family operates five boats equipped with dance areas, bars, sun decks, and the nostalgia that William hoped to keep alive. With the Twin Cities' skyline and the rugged, green banks of the river as the backdrop, US Coast Guard–licensed vessels float passengers past sights such as Pig's Eye Cave, Fort Snelling, and Pike Island. Some cruises also include dinner or fireworks, and special holiday cruises are also available.
950 Lilydale Rd.
Harriet Island Regional Park
St. Paul, Minnesota 55107