It's a chance to showcase the Coraopolis business district, said Cara Lindberg Mason, of the Coraopolis Community Development Foundation.
For the first time since 1997, the borough will host "Celebrate Coraopolis"—a daylong festival on Dec. 1 that invites the public to eat, shop and browse in Coraopolis' downtown.
Businesses in the community will open their doors to the public for the Christmas celebration, organized by the community foundation. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
"Our businesses have a lot to offer and this sort of links people in the community to their area businesses," Lindberg Mason said of the event.
The festival will feature children's events at the Coraopolis V.F.W. Keith-Holmes Post, and a breakfast and dinner with Santa Claus at Lviv European Deli on Fifth Avenue.
The public can also tour the Coraopolis Cooperative Food Pantry and lend a hand, creating holiday baskets for area families in need.
The community will shut down Mill Street, setting up a stage where performers will entertain throughout the day. Students from Rhema Christian Academy, and Cornell High School will be on hand to sing Christmas carols.
The last "Celebrate Coraopolis" event in 1997 drew thousands of people to the downtown area.
Lindberg Mason said the foundation revived the celebration more than a decade later to place the spotlight on the borough's again growing business community.
"I think that Coraopolis is really ripe for something like this," Lindberg Mason said. "We have (Robert Morris University) down the street and a lot of great businesses moving in and we're hoping to get more businesses interested in the community."