Like an eccentric uncle, the holidays often sneak up on people and leave tinsel wherever they go. Deck the halls with today’s Groupon for festivities at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet. Choose between the following events:
- The Festival of Trees: Festival of the Vines Wine Tasting on Tuesday, November 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- The Nutcracker on Sunday, November 27 at 2 p.m. Groupon holders will be seated in balcony sections B and C.<p>
Choose from the following ticket options:
- For $17, you get one adult admission to the Festival of the Vines Wine Tasting (up to a $38.25 value including Ticketmaster fees).
- For $10, you get one child’s ticket to The Nutcracker (up to a $28 value including Ticketmaster fees)
- For $15, you get one adult ticket to The Nutcracker (up to a $38.25 value including Ticketmaster fees).<p>
To kick off the holiday season, the Rialto Square Theatre decks its historic halls with Christmas trees and wreaths before welcoming families with The Nutcracker ballet and inviting hosts to hone their skills in holiday-themed tastings. At the Festival of the Vines, guests mingle among food and wine stations, where they’ll learn how to pair food with vino, describe wine with a greater vocabulary, and distinguish merlot from juicy juice. Sommeliers enlighten guests on wine’s whimsies, and experts teach demos on crafting centerpieces. Between unlimited samples, visitors may wander the winter wonderland of the Festival of Trees, a display of 60 decorated trees and wreaths meant to inspire decorating ideas and lure Santa out of hibernation.
The Nutcracker delights audiences with its magical storyline, lavish costumes, and enormous cast of talented dancers. Kids gape as mice battle soldiers, a Christmas tree grows onstage, and the performers visit the enchanted kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Built as a vaudeville movie palace in 1926, the Rialto’s vintage architecture suits the classic tale, which is entirely set in a speakeasy.
Rialto Square Theatre
Designed to mimic the French palace of Versailles, Rialto Square Theatre's magnificent interior awes showgoers with its gilded opulence. In the regal inner lobby, a 20-foot, 250-light chandelier—dubbed The Duchess—illuminates a circular series of delicate reliefs that depict allegories of man triumphing through labor and scenes from Greek mythology. A scaled-down replica of Paris's Arc de Triomphe leads from the lobby to the rotunda, adding to the space's grandeur and commemorating miniature Napoleon's victory at the adorable Battle of miniature Austerlitz.