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Crystal City Traditions

Corning's Gaffer District is excited to announce a new twist to celebrating the holiday season in our downtown!
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114 Pine St., Ste. 202 Corning, NY 14830

Corning's Gaffer District is excited to announce a new twist to celebrating the holiday season in our downtown!

The Crystal City holiday season in Corning's Gaffer District is steeped in beloved traditions that span decades. Generations of families and friends have enjoyed the extraordinary backdrop of holiday lights, two beautiful Christmas trees, dozens of extraordinary window displays in our downtown businesses, and so much more. 


The pandemic restrictions will prevent us from hosting this year's beloved Crystal City Christmas events such as the Parade of Lights, Sparkle, in-person visits with Santa at the Crystal House, etc. But, we are not going to let this stop our celebration. Instead, we are excited to introduce Crystal City Traditions. For nearly half a century, Corning's Gaffer District has helped create cherished holiday memories for the young and young at heart. With a unique blend of events, shopping, and family fun, The Gaffer District has transported visitors and locals to a world of nostalgic holiday cheer in our downtown. Never has that task been taken more seriously than it is this year. We proudly welcome you to (safely) shop, dine, and explore Corning’s Gaffer District’s Traditions.


The community is an essential part of all of our celebrations. So we invite you to share your favorite memories and photos from past Parade of Lights, Sparkle, visits with Santa, photos in front of the Centerway Square, and Northside Christmas trees, horse and carriage rides, etc.. Please share them with us at, private message to our Facebook page, or mail a copy of photos and/or your favorite memories to Corning's Gaffer District, Inc., 114 Pine Street, Corning, NY. 14830, and we will share them on our social media channels.


Our retail business owners work every day to keep their premises sanitized and socially responsible as you shop. If you would like the option to shop online or over the phone, we can help you with a free delivery service! We are so grateful to our partners at Ferrario Ford, who will be providing vehicles for us to deliver your retail purchases within a 30-mile radius of Corning. Ferrario Auto Team is excited to be involved with the Gaffer District Crystal City Traditions and assist the Gaffer District business owners as they compete with large online retailers during the holiday.


Most of our restaurants continue to offer delivery and curbside pickup. Go to or our business directory at Stay tuned for new and innovative ways to experience our diverse and delicious offerings that you would expect from a Bon Appetit top culinary destination.


We are committed to continuing the tradition of a spectacular backdrop of seasonal decor to enhance the holiday experience in downtown Corning, including the announcement that Santa is indeed coming to town. However, Santa's Storytime will be available through our social media channels with updates every week from both Santa and our local dignitaries, sponsored in part by the Southeast Steuben Library. Don't miss a chance to win one of the downtown's most coveted holiday decorations in the Vitrix Masked Snowman Scavenger Hunt and giveaway, a partnership with radio station Magic 92.7, and tune into WENY TV to watch memories from Parade of Lights from the past on Sunday, November 29, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. Also available on Ithaca channel NYLocal, Saturday, November 28, at 6:30 p.m.


We appreciate the community's extraordinary support for our business community over the years but especially since the Pandemic cast its shadow over our world. We continue to be a community that is defined by our remarkable resilience and astonishing ability to overcome any adversity on our path by joining together", said Coleen Fabrizi, executive director of Corning's Gaffer District.


Crystal City Traditions Delivery Service

Corning's Gaffer District combined with Ferrario Ford is introducing a new delivery service to provide the community with another opportunity to shop locally!


Crystal City Traditions Storytime

Corning's Gaffer District has partnered with the Southeast Steuben County Library to offer Holiday storytime with local dignitaries beginning on Tuesday, October 27th with Legends of the Gathers to be read by the author of the story Dave Degoyler. Tune into our Facebook page at 10am every Tuesday until December 29th to watch!


Vitrix Snowman Scavenger Hunt & Letters to Santa

In partnership with Magic 92.7, Corning's Gaffer District will have a mailbox set up at the UPS Store to receive letters to Santa that will be read live on the morning show with Alisa Marie. This year we are adding a Scavenger Hunt that will have well-placed Vitrix Snowmen throughout the Gaffer District.  We will be giving away three snowmen a week.  Listen to the morning show on Magic 92.7 with Alisa Marie to win! 


Parades of the Past

Corning's Gaffer District has partnered with WENY tv to bring past parade memories to watch from the comfort of your home.  Get the hot chocolate and popcorn ready, cuddle up with your family and enjoy the memories from past parades.


Corning's Gaffer District Weekly Holiday Specials & Promotions

Check here weekly on Sundays for new sales and discounts from your favorites Gaffer District businesses!

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