Looking for fun family events than won't cost a fortune while celebrating the Holidays? Than look no further than the Holiday open houses hosted by some of your favorite spots in Corning. Offering free admission and discounted activities making your Christmas merry and bright!

Visit two of Corning's most beloved spots in one day on December 3rd. Start your day at the Corning Museum of Glass Holiday Open House and enjoy breakfast with Santa, live entertainment included, before venturing out into the museum to check out all the great art and intriguing demos. Make sure to make reservations, spots fill up quickly! Hear local carolers and bands throughout the museum filling the spaces with live festive music. Make holiday crafts or your special own glass piece at a discounted price for this weekend only. Don't forget to pick up some great gifts for friends and family from The Studio during their Annual Studio Glass Sale. Admission to the museum is free during their open house!

Kids at the Corning Museum of Glass courtesy of the Corning Museum of Glass
Kids at the Corning Museum of Glass courtesy of the Corning Museum of Glass

After you've spent a wondrous few hours discovering and creating at the Corning Museum of Glass head down the street to The Rockwell Museum Holiday Open House where you will be filled with Christmas Spirit from the minute you walk in the door. The first thing you'll have to check out is the Gingerbread Houses created based on popular landmark from around the region at the Gingerbread Invitational. Do the special Gingerbread Art Hunt, and then cast your vote for your favorite! Then journey up to the Family Exploration Studio where new fun winter themed activities await you. Get to know the art at the Rockwell Museum through interactive I-Spy Games and Art Hunts. After your afternoon of exploring the museum make your very own gingerbread cookie from 3-6pm, and enjoy sweet treats and warm drinks in the museums newly renovated store. Oh, and did I mention that admission the museum is free for the weekend?

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

Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes is bringing Christmas Cheer to Corning on December 10th from 10am-3pm with their free family friendly Holiday Open House. Demonstrations from the blacksmith shop, and the hearth will have you feel like you are celebrating Christmas in the past. Kids can listen to stories by the fireside and make their own crafts, while mom and dad shop through Attic treasures of local historic items, quilted items, wooden toys, and unique items made right at the museum. Don't forget to catch a horse and wagon ride, and then meet Santa and get your picture taken!

Holiday Open House at Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes
Holiday Open House at Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes

Hands-on Glass Studio wants to open their doors not once, but three times through this Holiday season to let you inside to create your own special glass piece. Bring the whole family and make your own ornaments for your Christmas tree. Visit the studio December 4th, December 11th, and December 18th from 12-4 pm. For more information call (607) 962-3044.

Glassblowing at Hands-on Glass Studio
Glassblowing at Hands-on Glass Studio

The Holidays are a fantastic time to explore local museums and businesses, not only can you see what they have all year long but they are all decked out for the season with special activities and fun for the whole family!

Don't forget to take pictures and share your experiences with us on our Instagram using the hashtag #FLXsparkle for a chance to win some festive prizes made right here in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes!