November 26, 2019
Please note that due to the holiday there will be no garbage pickup on Thursday, November 28. Thursday and Friday's regularly scheduled routes will be picked up one day late.
Winter Driving Tips
From the Pontiac Police Department!

  • Have your vehicle serviced before it is too cold
  • Know your vehicle
  • Keep windshield and windows clean
  • Be familiar if you do or do not have traction control and how it works
  • If your vehicle is electric or hybrid, plug it in when possible
  • Stock your vehicle
  • Blanket, flashlight, warning devices
  • Snow shovel, broom, scraper
  • Jumper cables (even if you have a battery pack charger)
  • Sand or kitty litter if you get stuck
  • Phone charger
  • Plan ahead
  • Don’t rush
  • Let others know your route
  • Look at map overviews before you go
  • State Roadway conditions
  • Check local media sites for local conditions
  • If you are in a crash
  • Safety comes first
  • Removing drivable vehicles from the roadway reduces secondary crashes
  • Have driver’s license and insurance information
  • The law requires police notification when total damage is $1500
  • When not sure, contact police

A Hometown Holiday
PROUD Light Up Parade

Pontiac Proud is once again pleased to present their annual light up parade! A favorite of many, the Light Up Parade is the traditional kick-off to the holidays in Pontiac. Held the Friday after Thanksgiving (this year's date is Friday, November 29 ) the parade steps off at 6:30pm from First Lutheran church. It crosses the Mill Street Bridge, turns east at Washington Street, heads north on Chicago Street, then heads back west on Madison to County Market. The parade features both professional floats and floats created by local organizations and businesses. And we'd be remiss to not mention the most important aspect of the parade: Santa! The light up parade marks Santa's first visit to Pontiac this holiday season. He'll ride through the parade route to it's completion. After the parade is finished he'll return to the Santa House (located on Madison Street north of the courthouse) to visit with any children waiting for him. If you're unable to see Santa that night, he has additional visiting hours throughout the season.

Santa's Visiting Hours this year are:
Thursdays 12/5, 12/12, 12/19: 5:00-7:00pm
Saturdays 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21: 10:00am-1:00pm
These hours can be found posted on the door to the Santa House as well as on our Community Calendar and in the rTown Calendar.
Downtown Tree Lighting

Hosted by Pontiac Parks and Recreation, the downtown tree lighting will feature a twenty foot tall community tree in the green space in the block south of the courthouse. They will also be unveiling welded holiday sculptures created by the LACC welding class with a holiday theme that will also be covered in lights. The celebration on Friday, December 6 will include caroling, hot chocolate, children's activities, vendors, and more! The event will be held at 6:30pm .

The tree and sculptures will then remain lit throughout the holiday season.
Trolley Light Tours

December 5, 12, 19
See the beauty of the holiday lights decorating the city from the seat of the Jolly Trolley as it cruises past the most elaborate displays. All tours are first come first served. The Trolley will run 6:00-8:00pm on the listed evenings. It will pick up from the north side of the square (next to the Santa House).
The Twelve Dates of Christmas Dinner Theatre

Embrace the holiday spirit with Vermillion Players at The Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center! After seeing her fiancé kiss another woman at the televised Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mary (Alisha Prunty)'s life falls apart -- just in time for the holidays. Over the next year, she stumbles back into the dating world, where "romance" ranges from weird and creepy to absurd and comical (Anthony Gullo, Joe Nolan, and Noah Welch) with the support and encouragement from her friends and family (Chloe Clayton and Jayne Tyler). It seems nothing can help Mary's growing cynicism, until the charm and innocence of a seven-year-old boy (Logan McCabe) unexpectedly brings a new outlook on life and love. The story moves along with help from the Doo Wop Chorus (Jamie Martin and Abigail Vernia) as they interject your favorite holiday songs into the tale. This heartwarming play offers a hilarious and modern alternative to the old standards of the holiday season.  The show is directed by Mary Jones with Brittany Roper as the assistant director/producer.

Tickets are on sale now and are $37 each. Show dates are December 6-8 and 13-15. Friday and Saturdays are evening performances with doors opening at 6:00 and dinner starting at 6:15. Sundays are matinees with doors opening at 12:30 and dinner starting at 12:45. Bernardi's II of Pontiac will be catering the buffet meal. It includes two meat entrees, pasta, vegetable, potato, salad, roll, and dessert. Coffee, water, and iced tea are complimentary; soda and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. If you have dietary restrictions, please call to reserve your seats so we can discuss how to best accommodate your needs.

Dinner theatre tickets MUST be purchased in advance. Sales close at 1:00pm the day of for Friday and Saturday performances and at midnight the night before for Sunday performances. A small number of show only tickets might be available at the door - please call the box office to confirm availability. Show only tickets will not be sold in advance. To purchase your tickets, visit our website or call 815-844-1187. Box office is open 10:00-4:00 Monday through Friday. If we are unable to answer your call, leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

All tickets are non-refundable. If you are unable to use your tickets you are free to give them to someone who can.

Doors will not open before the listed time so please plan accordingly.
What's happening in Pontiac?
November 29: PROUD Light Up Parade
November 30 : Shop Small Saturday
November 30 : Santa Visiting Hours
November 30: Historic Homes Christmas Open Houses
December 5: Santa Visiting Hours
December 5: Trolley Light Tours
December 6 : Downtown Tree Lighting
December 6-8: The Twelve Dates of Christmas Dinner Theatre
December 7: Santa Visiting Hours
December 8: Breakfast with Santa
December 8: Yost Museum Open House
December 8: Jones House Open House
December 12: Kris Kringle Night/Shop Late til 8
December 12: Santa Visiting Hours
December 12: Trolley Light Tours
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