A full day of holiday cheer is coming to downtown Pittston.

“We are all in need of some happiness and a little bit of Christmas magic after the past two years,” said Main Street Manager Mary Kroptavich.

What started as an idea for Shop with a Cop has grown into the city’s first La Festa Natale Pittston, a holiday market, tree lighting and toy truck parade all set for Saturday, Dec. 4.

The event will run from noon to 8 p.m. and children can participate in Shop with a Cop while residents browse the holiday market outside the Pittston Memorial Library.

“Shop with a Cop came about when Chief Neil Murphy approached me about wanting to do something special for the children in the City of Pittston,” Kroptavich said. “After deliberating about it, we came up with the ‘Pittston version’ of Shop with a Cop.”

Since the holidays are about giving, Kroptavich said,children from low-income households will have the opportunity to shop for gifts for their families at the holiday market outside the library with a member of the police force.

“We wanted to offer that opportunity to children who wouldn’t necessarily have the opportunity to buy loved ones something special,” she said. “We also wanted to help our own small businesses in town and local crafters and vendors who are still suffering from the pangs of (COVID-19).”

La Festa Natale grew from that idea into a new holiday event for the city.

Kroptavich said the event will start at noon with 40 vendors both inside the library and in a heated tent outside the library.

Elsa from “Frozen” will visit the marketplace from noon until 2 p.m. along with the Tomato Festivals mascot.

Those attending the festival can also make s’mores outside until 4 p.m., and food trucks and other food vendors will be available outside the library and in the lower Tomato Festival lot all day.

Free trolley rides will also be available all day, providing rides to local businesses, and dance performances will begin at the bandshell at 5:30 p.m.

At 6 p.m., the toy truck parade will lead into Santa’s arrival.

Once Santa Claus has landed in downtown Pittston, the La Festa Natale Christmas Ambassador will light the tree.

Kroptavich is looking forward to making the city a “Christmas wonderland,” once again this year.

“This was the perfect opportunity,” she said. “I am most excited about the Shop with a Cop and knowing that we will be making Christmas extra special for so many children and their families.”

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