Cirque Italia will bring the circus arts with their new water circus to Peoria Dec. 5-8.

The Italian Circus is bringing an entire new show, with new performers and acts. Exposition Gardens will be hosting the event, with tickets already on sale.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $30 to $40 and can be purchased online at Cirque Italia's website.

“It is nice having a circus that brings foreign experience touring America," Illinois State University senior Rosalie Bronke said. "It brings us a new sense of entertainment.”

The circus is known for its extravagant performances and acts. This year the new and improved show will feature many acts that include a wheel of death, hand-balancing acts, contortionists, a water curtain, state of the art water fountains and a 35,000-gallon water stage.

What is being called the Amazing Italian Water Circus is offering deals as well on ticket prices. One free children’s ticket is available with the purchase of each full-price adult ticket, However, this offer only applies to seats on the second and third level.

In classic circus fashion, the events throughout the extended weekend will take place under a large tent. 

Saturday and Sunday events will also have the option for a matinee. This allows those who are unable to view the show at night the chance to see the water extravaganza in daylight.

HAILEY BIALAS is a Features Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at Follow her on Twitter at @haileybialas 

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