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Join us for the 45th annual Sparkle of Christmas on December 7, 2019
December 7, 2019
Santa Visits during Sparkle
Photo by Alexandra Elise Photography
Businesses on Market Street during Sparkle
Photo by Alexandra Elise Photography
December 7, 2019
5pm - 9pm
114 Pine St., Ste. 202 Corning, NY 14830

If you have ever shaken and held up a snow globe, you're familiar with that enchanted, winter wonderland scene. Welcome to Corning's Gaffer District this Crystal City Christmas season!

Sparkle is held annually on the first Saturday in December, and this year, it will commemorate 45 years of holiday memories in our downtown. We're searching our archives and reaching out to the community, in hopes of embracing those cherished family memories and traditions.

Market Street will be closed and the Centerway Square Christmas tree will be aglow. You'll enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, the sounds of our local and regional choral groups, 30 Gaffer District businesses out on the street, 50 unique and handmade craft vendors, a wide variety of food and free activities for children, as well as the whole family! Explore our downtown's incredible shopping and dining, take a photo with Santa in his historic Crystal House and discover the unlimited locations for that perfect selfie in one of our many #exploreCorning Crystal City Christmas backdrops!


45th Annual Sparkle

Saturday, December 7, 5–9pm


Market Street:

  • Santa in his Crystal House! Free to visit--take your own picture with Santa!

  • live music at Centerway Stage, Market Street Social, and roaming performances along the street!

  • horse & wagon rides, $10 adult/$5 kids

  • live reindeer & alpacas

  • bell ringers in Vitrix Hot Glass Studio (77 West Market Street)

  • face painting 

  • Gaffer District business specials & promotions

  • Vendors, festive food, and more

Santa's Crystal House (in Centerway) hours:

  • 12-4pm

  • 5-9pm

Horse & Wagon Schedule:

  • 4-8:45pm (load on north side of Walnut Street and loop around Corning Inc. Headquarters); $10 adult, $5 kids

Centerway Square:

  • 5:00-5:30 - Crystal Chords Choir

  • 5:40-6:10 - SPEBSQSA Barbershoppers

  • 6:20-6:50 - HIS Tabernacle

  • 7:00-7:30 - Horseheads Choir 

  • 7:40-8:10 - Corning Christian Academy chorus

  • 8:20-8:50 - Acoustic Remedy

Market Street Social at the Radisson Corning:

  • 6:30-7:30: Can't Count Trio

Roaming Performances:

  • 5:30 - Crystal Chords quartets

 Join Corning's Gaffer District for the 45th annual culmination of the Crystal City Christmas Events Season with Sparkle!

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