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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, a live nativity, 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!

If you are an artist or vendor that would like to showcase at 2019 Sparkle, click here for the form! Or if you are a Gaffer District business that would like to participate at Sparkle, click here for the form!


45th Annual Sparkle

Saturday, December 7, 5–9pm


Market Street:

  • Santa in his Crystal House (time TBD), free to visit Santa - take your own picture with Santa!

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

  • live reindeer display

  • bell ringers, vendors, festive food, music and more

  • Gaffer District business specials & promotions

  • live music at Centerway Stage, Centennial Sculpture, 84 W. Market Street rooftop, and roaming performances along the street!

  • face painting

Santa Schedule:

  • TBD

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 - Acoustic Remedy 

  • 6:20-6:50 - HIS Tabernacle

  • 7:00-7:30 - Horseheads Choir 

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

  • 8:20-8:50 - TBD

Centennial Sculpture/Wall Street:

  • 5:00-5:30 - Centre Stage Community Theatre (kids' musical & performances)

  • 6:30-7:30 - Can’t Count Trio 

  • 8:15 - Caledonian Highlanders Pipe & Drums

Info Center:

  • TBD

Roaming Performances:

  • 5:30 - Crystal Chords quartets

  • 6:15 - Caledonian Highlanders Pipe & Drums

Chestnut Street Park

  • TBD

84 West Market Street Rooftop:

  • 7-7:30 - Caledonian Highlanders Pipe & Drums

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

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