This time of year is all about spending quality time with family and loved ones. Whether you are traveling to visit family or sightseeing in your own hometown, getting out to explore during the holidays can create wonderful lifelong memories. To help with making those memories, museums in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes open their doors and offer more than just their usual displays and programs to spread cheer during their Holiday open houses.
The Corning Museum of Glass invites families to their Holiday Open House December 2nd and 3rd. All weekend long hear local caroling groups and bands as they provide cheerful holiday music throughout the museum as you explore the fascinating exhibits. Decorate a holiday cookie, and enjoy holiday crafts, a small fee applies. Get even more artsy and make your own glass at The Studio. Make a blown holiday ornament, flameworked icicles, and other winter and holiday themed pieces. Reserve your space now, as it is limited and going fast! Take advantage of the annual Studio Glass Sale and find a unique gift to give this season made by artists who teach and work at The Studio.
Take the family to The Rockwell Museum where admission is free during their Holiday Open House December 2nd and 3rd. Start your visit with a special Gingerbread Art Hunt for kids while exploring The Gingerbread Invitational, then cast your vote for the Gingerbread Invitational Community Choice Award. The whole family will have fun with authentic, winter-themed activities in the family exploration studio. After you're done exploring the museum check out The Museum Store for special deals on quality gifts for everyone on your list. Enjoy tasty treats and warm drinks in the museum store while browsing. On December 2nd from 3-6pm The Rockwell is hosting Family Sparkle: Cookie Decorating. Step out of the cold to decorate your very own gingerbread house cookie, play Bison Bingo, and participate in other winter-themed activities and crafts.
Discover the Holidays at Heritage Village during their Holiday Open House December 9th. Kids will delight in crafts, face painting, storytelling, and no Holiday event would be complete without a visit from Santa! Parents can check out the Attic Treasures holiday sale, handmade gift boutique, raffle, and select your own cookie sale. The whole family will enjoy demonstrations in Cooley Blacksmith Shop and around the hearth fire. Make sure to bring your camera for special photo opportunities!
Holiday open houses are a great way to get out and discover museums in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes this holiday season with just an extra touch of holiday magic.