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A Season of Holiday Celebrations

The Christmas holiday season is quickly approaching and that means fun and festive events all through Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes to celebrate the season.

Start this holiday season with Keuka Holidays on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. Visit each winery along the trail for superb wine samples paired with winter inspired foods. Each guest will collect a Christmas ornament for a handmade grapevine wreath from each winery. Purchase your tickets now for Keuka Holidays happening November 11th-12th, and November 18th-19th.

Watch a Crystal City tradition as the trees in Centerway Square and on Bridge Street are lit November 25th. After, watch the magical Parade of Lights make its way through the Gaffer District ending on Market Street.

Parade of Lights courtesy of Matthew Burroughs
Parade of Lights courtesy of Matthew Burroughs

Gingerbread houses are a staple in décor for celebrating Christmas. Back again this year The Rockwell Museum is holding The Gingerbread Invitational. While the opening reception and awards are happening November 30th, guests are welcome to visit the museum through December 31st to view the gingerbread creations built inspired by the region's favorite parks, community centers, museums and more.

Gingerbread Invitational courtesy of the Rockwell Museum
Gingerbread Invitational courtesy of the Rockwell Museum

Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas in Bath on December 1st. Visit Santa, enjoy food and drinks, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride! Watch the community tree lighting and wander downtown for crafts, storytelling, and other fun holiday activities.

Spirit of Christmas courtesy of Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce
Spirit of Christmas courtesy of Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce

Hornell goes WhoNELLville for their holiday celebrations during Holiday Aglow. December 1st catch the WhoNELLville parade at 6pm, a colorful cheery display of Christmas fun. Before that check out arts and craft vendors, and enjoy a free horse and carriage ride from 4pm-8pm. Visit with Santa at when Santa Land opens for the season from 6pm-8pm. December 2nd join in on the 2nd Annual WhoNELLville 5K Run/Walk. Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite Whoville character!

Hornell Holiday Tree
Hornell Holiday Tree

The Corning Museum of Glass Open House lets visitors delight in holiday fun through the whole museum with caroling groups providing holiday music throughout the museum, decorating a holiday cookie, and making holiday crafts (a small fee applies). Make a special glass project in the Studio from blown holiday ornaments, to flameworked icicles at discounted prices. A favorite holiday tradition continues at the Corning Museum of Glass this year with breakfast or lunch with Santa! Make your reservation now. Bring the whole family to enjoy the Corning Museum of Glass' Holiday Open House December 2nd and 3rd.

Holiday Open House at Corning Museum of Glass courtesy of Corning Museum of Glass
Holiday Open House at Corning Museum of Glass courtesy of Corning Museum of Glass

After exploring the Corning Museum of Glass venture over to Market Street where twinkling lights line the streets filled with festive food, vendors, bell ringers, and more during Sparkle December 2nd. Step inside the shops and restaurants for special promotions. Santa and his reindeer make a special appearance at the Crystal House in Centerway Square. Take a horse and wagon ride, and stay for fireworks to end a night filled with holiday spirit.

Sparkle courtesy of Cagwin Photography
Sparkle courtesy of Cagwin Photography

For sweet treats join the Hammondsport Cookie Walk on December 2nd. A perfect event for couples, friends, and families! Buy your cookie tin at the Hammondsport Chamber of Commerce starting November 26th, then on the second take your tin and "cookie card" around to local participating businesses in Hammondsport and collect your delicious treats!

Christmas in the Park is Hammondsport's community holiday celebration of an old fashion Christmas filled with music, food, storytelling, wagon rides, and vendors. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus along with their reindeer, and take a horse drawn wagon ride. Celebrate Christmas in the Park December 9th.

Starting this month, you and your loved ones can celebrate the holidays in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes at the magical events that embody the spirit of Christmas time.

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