Corning, NY – The Corning Museum of Glass, in America’s “Crystal City,” Corning, NY, celebrates a glittering tradition this holiday season. Special activities at the Museum take a closer look at the glass ornament, a well-loved part of holiday decorating.

In November and December, visitors to the Museum can make their own glass ornament, watch master glassmakers handcraft glass ornaments, and even explore the history of the glass holiday ornament.

In addition to the Museum’s permanent offerings: galleries filled with more than 45,000 glass art and historical objects spanning 35 centuries (the largest collection in the world), hands-on exhibitions about with the science and technology of glass, and daily live glassblowing demonstrations, the Museum is offering a unique line-up of holiday activities:

 

  • Working with professional glassmakers, all ages (as young as preschool) can blow molten glass to create their own glass ornaments in 40-minute hands-on Make Your Own Glass experiences ($22 per person). Other glassmaking projects are also available – a one-of-a-kind opportunity for all ages to make a handmade holiday gift!

  • The weekend of December 6 and 7, the Museum opens its doors with free Museum admission for all at its Holiday Open House. Visitors can make their own glass projects at discounted costs ($5 and $10 per project), shop a sale of glass art from The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, and enjoy a free weekend of music and holiday crafts at the Museum. Breakfast and Lunch with Santa is a special treat for all ages ($5 per person, advance reservations required; call 607.974.4084).

  • Learn about the traditions of glass holiday ornaments and Corning’s role in the American production of glass ornaments in the mid-1900s in the new exhibition, “A Glittering Tradition: Glass Holiday Ornaments,” on view November 15, 2008- January 31, 2009.

  • Watch live glassblowing and flameworking demonstrations and see a special tree in the Museum’s GlassMarket showcasing glass ornaments made in Museum demonstrations.

 

  • Stay overnight and enjoy the holidays in Corning’s picturesque historic downtown Gaffer District, where you can visit Kris Kringle in his Crystal House, take carriage rides, and attend free parades and events, including an evening “Sparkle” celebration on December 6 (http://www.gafferdistrict.com/news-and-events).

The Corning Museum of Glass is located in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country, and is surrounded by beautiful wine trails and beautiful countryside.

Other holiday activities in the region include:

·         November 22-23 and December 6-7: Deck the Halls on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail (about 30 minutes drive from the Museum). Taste holiday wines and foods at 34 wineries, all decorated for the holiday season.

·         December 3- 21: Downtown Ithaca’s Holiday Festival: A holiday parade of ice, Central New York State’s largest ice sculpture display, ice wine gala event and more (one hour drive from Corning).

·         December 14: A Christmas Ride with Santa on the Finger Lakes Scenic Railway, boarding in Watkins Glen (about 20 minutes drive).

Visit www.fingerlakeswinecountry.org for details, or to find great deals on accommodation packages.

Corning, NY, and The Corning Museum of Glass are conveniently located directly off Exit 46 on I-86/Rte. 17. The town is 4 hours north of New York City, 2 hours south of Buffalo and 6 hours north of Washington, D.C. 

The Corning Museum of Glass (www.cmog.org) is home to the world’s most comprehensive and celebrated collection of glass, with more than 45,000 objects reflecting 3,500 years of glassmaking history. An independent, non-profit, educational institution, the Museum is dedicated to the art, history, science, research and exhibition of glass. The Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day and from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the summer. Children and teens 19 and under receive free admission.

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