- 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
’s role in the American production of glass ornaments in the mid-1900s in the new mini-exhibition, “A Glittering Tradition: Glass Corning HolidayOrnaments,” 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 offers 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 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.