The paint had barely dried by the time visitors flooded into Radstock's Victoria Hall for the first chance to see the upper floor at the building since renovation work began.
People enjoyed a Christmas craft fair where more than 40 stalls were offering up hand-made festive treats.
Both floors of the building were open to guests giving them the chance to see how changes have transformed the upper floor.
Sue Hill, who has leased part of the community building for her popular dance school, said: "The workmen were in the building on Friday and Saturday and only left a few hours before the doors opened."
Local people will be given another chance to see the building at its best at an official opening party at 7pm on Saturday, January 4. The free event will see live performances taking place across both floors.
Since the building was given a £660,000 overhaul, thanks to B&NES Council earlier this year, it has become a hub for community arts in the town.
A free street-theatre workshop takes place there on Monday between 7pm and 9pm, laid on by the world-renowned Bath-based Natural Theatre Company.
There will be an opportunity to create your own pieces to be performed at the Victoria Hall's grand opening.