Experience Christmas in Downtown Corning This Holiday Season

Crystal City Christmas

Sponsored by First Heritage Federal Credit Union

Walk along our brick-lined sidewalks, slip into family-owned boutiques, and enjoy a Crystal City Christmas in our charming downtown.

There’s a festive holiday spirit alive in Corning’s Gaffer District when the air turns crisp and the lights twinkle on our tree-lined streets. When you step into our charming downtown, it isn’t hard to see why Country Living Magazine named Corning, NY, one of “America’s 25 Best Small Towns for Christmas.” Some locals even say that if you crinkle up your eyes on a snowy day, you will think you are exploring a Christmas snow globe!

You can’t help but feel the magic!  Whether you’re coming home for the holidays or visiting downtown Corning for the first time, we promise you’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.

The holiday season kicks off the day after Thanksgiving, November 25th, with Black Friday Shopping small business-style. Come visit our charming boutiques and galleries and grab lunch at one of our award-winning restaurants.

Small Business Saturday & The Parade of Light presented by First Heritage FCU

Come back downtown on Small Business Saturday, November 26th, and win gift certificates and prizes from the Gaffer District Shop Small info tent. But don’t call it a day yet! Bundle up and bring the whole family down for The Parade of Lights. A cherished part of the Crystal City Christmas events schedule with approximately 50 participants ranging from marching bands and carefully crafted floats to the much-anticipated arrival of Santa Claus on a horse-drawn carriage. All parade entries are adorned with beautiful lights to celebrate the season’s enchantment as the parade moves down Market Street in the heart of our beautiful historic district. People from miles around make this annual holiday happening a part of their family traditions.

Sparkle presented by First Heritage FCU

Downtown Corning’s longest-running annual Event, The Sparkle of Christmas, arrives for its 43rd celebration on December 3rd. Each year Corning’s small business owners go all out to make it a magical evening for all ages. Santa awaits visitors in his Crystal House, the tallest tree in the area graces our Centerway Square, and the whole downtown feels alive with Christmas magic. Historic Market Street closes to traffic and plays host to craft & artisan vendors, our small businesses, live reindeer, and so much more. 


Sparkle presented by First Heritage FCU Dec 03

The 47th annual Sparkle event returns for 2022! As a child, did you ever shake a snow globe and marvel at the magical scene within-of snow swirling around a winter wonderland? That perfectly describes the feeling you'll get as you stroll through Corning's…


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