Home for the Holidays 2021

Home for the Holidays at the Rialto Square Theatre November 20th through December 22nd

Generously sponsored by ComEd. The 18-foot Christmas Tree is sponsored by Hollywood Casino. This lineup of family-friendly shows includes classics titles, holiday favorites, well-known artists, and soon-to-be new holiday favorites.

Home for the Holidays has something for everyone! The festivities begin on Monday, November 20th with events and activities through Saturday, December 22nd. It includes entertainment options for the whole family with holiday shows, concerts, social gatherings, movies and special events throughout the holiday season.

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November 2021

Josh Turner Holiday & The Hits

November 20 @ 7:30 pm
Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, 60432 United States
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JOSH TURNER Holiday & The Hits TOUR

From the very start of his career through chart-topping hits like “Your Man,” “Would You Go With Me,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” and “All Over Me,” Turner has immersed himself in country music’s history and its iconic figures. After all, this is someone who, as a student at Nashville’s Belmont University, took an open gate on Johnny Cash’s property as a sign he should knock on the legendary singer’s door and introduce himself.

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A Very Rialto Christmas Making Merry Music!

November 22 @ 7:00 pm
Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, 60432 United States
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A Very Rialto Christmas Making Merry Music

Kick off your holiday season with the Rialto Square Theatre and a special concert from Nick Thomas and guests. Join us starting at 6:00PM as we light the marquee, officially kicking off the holiday season with Home for the Holidays sponsor, ComEd.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

November 23 @ 6:30 pm
Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, 60432 United States
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Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage encompasses each of your favorite scenes from the original animated television show, with more fun, more music, and more finding the true Christmas spirit. After the final bow, the show crescendos into a celebration of song as the audience is invited to join the Peanuts gang in singing traditional Christmas songs and carols.

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Teddy Bear Tea – 9:30am

November 26 @ 9:30 am
Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, 60432 United States
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Teddy Bear Tea at the Rialto Square Theatre

The Rialto Square Theatre holiday tradition continues. Young and old alike will enjoy this family tradition featuring delicious food and family fun complete with a special appearance by St. Nick himself and a keepsake teddy bear. A ticket is required for all in attendance and space will fill up quickly!

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Teddy Bear Tea – 12:30pm

November 26 @ 12:30 pm
Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, 60432 United States
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Teddy Bear Tea at the Rialto Square Theatre

The Rialto Square Theatre holiday tradition continues. Young and old alike will enjoy this family tradition featuring delicious food and family fun complete with a special appearance by St. Nick himself and a keepsake teddy bear. A ticket is required for all in attendance and space will fill up quickly!

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Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker

November 28 @ 2:00 pm
Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, 60432 United States
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Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker

This holiday favorite fairytale ballet is perfect for the entire family. The magical production features lavish costumes, exquisite sets, including a Christmas tree that grows before your eyes, and sensational choreography by ballet master, Kenneth von Heidecke. Journey through the land of whirling snowflakes and visit the kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy. This is one holiday tradition you won’t want to miss.

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December 2021

Merry Little Soiree Featuring the Nova Soul Quartet – Dec. 1

December 1 @ 6:00 pm
Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, 60432 United States
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Merry Little Soiree featuring music from Nova Soul

Local favorite, Nova Soul will present an evening of holiday themed music. Enjoy an evening of drinks, food, and music by Nova Soul. Reservations are required. Each table of two will receive a charcutarie board, bottle of wine, and two Rialto stemless wine glasses to remember the magical evening.

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Big Bad VooDoo Daddy’s Wild & Swingin’ Holiday Party

December 2 @ 7:30 pm
Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, 60432 United States
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Big Bad VooDoo Daddy’s Wild & Swingin’ Holiday Party

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s unique and spirited “Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party” has become an eagerly anticipated annual family event.

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Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular

December 5 @ 7:30 pm
Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, 60432 United States
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Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular brings the joy and excitement of the holiday season to your theater like never before.

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular brings the joy and excitement of the holiday season to your theater like never before. This all-new production features some of the greatest holiday songs of all time performed with the world-renowned cast of Cirque Musica. Experience the chills, thrills, and excitement of the best Cirque performers from around the world performing to your holiday favorites.

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Million Dollar Quartet Christmas

December 10 @ 8:00 pm
Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, 60432 United States
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Million Dollar Quartet Christmas

Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley come together again to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Sun Records, now donned with a Christmas tree, garland, and mistletoe, rings with the sounds of the season and the chart toppers that made these four famous. Follow along with the gang’s usual antics as we journey through a story of Christmas past, present, and future. It's a jam-packed evening of holidays hits and classic characters you won't want to miss!

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Santa’s Secret Workshop

December 12 @ 1:00 pm
Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, 60432 United States
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Santa’s Secret Workshop

Does your child want to make a secret gift for someone special? Bring them to Santa’s Secret Workshop where they will create and wrap a special holiday gift for the recipient of their choice. While your child is crafting, you will enjoy holiday theme activities, food, and drinks with fellow parents. Reservations required.

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It’s a Wonderful Life

December 12 @ 7:00 pm
Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, 60432 United States
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It's a Wonderful Life Movie

It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas family fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story and booklet The Greatest Gift, which Philip Van Doren Stern self-published in 1943 and is in turn loosely based on the 1843 Charles Dickens novella A Christmas Carol. The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his personal dreams, to help others in his community, and whose suicide attempt on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George how he, George, has touched the lives of others and how different life would be for his wife Mary and his community of Bedford Falls if he had not been born.

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Merry Little Soiree Featuring The Nova Soul Quartet – Dec. 15

December 15 @ 6:00 pm
Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, 60432 United States
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Merry Little Soiree featuring music from Nova Soul

Local favorite, Nova Soul will present an evening of holiday themed music. Enjoy an evening of drinks, food, and music by Nova Soul. Reservations are required. Each table of two will receive a charcutarie board, bottle of wine, and two Rialto stemless wine glasses to remember the magical evening.

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The Polar Express

December 18 @ 2:00 pm
Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, 60432 United States
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The Polar Express

Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"; "Cast Away") reunite for "Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

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American Legion Band Concert

December 19 @ 2:00 pm
Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, 60432 United States
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American Legion Band Concert

The Joliet American Legion Band will bring the sounds of the season to life on the Rialto Square Theatre stage. Enriched in tradition, military sharpness and musical integrity, these musicians are delighted to bring you an unforgettable performance with their tremendously rousing musical spirit. A ticket is free in exchange for a generous food/non-perishable donation.

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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

December 22 @ 1:00 pm
Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, 60432 United States
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Miracle on 34th Street Movie

In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain's main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.

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