A New Twist to Holiday Celebrations in Corning


Corning’s Gaffer District Is Excited To Announce A New Twist To Celebrating The Holiday Season In Our Downtown.  

The Crystal City holiday season in Corning’s Gaffer District is steeped in beloved traditions that span decades.  Generations of families and friends have enjoyed the extraordinary backdrop of holiday lights, two beautiful Christmas trees, dozens of extraordinary window displays in our downtown businesses, and so much more. 

The pandemic restrictions will prevent the district from hosting this year’s beloved Crystal City Christmas events such as the Parade of Lights, Sparkle, in-person visits with Santa at the Crystal House, etc.  But, they are not going to let this stop their celebration. Instead, they are excited to introduce Crystal City Traditions. 

The community is an essential part of all of their celebrations. They invite you to share your favorite memories and photos from past Parade of Lights, Sparkle, visits with Santa, photos in front of the Centerway Square, and Northside Christmas trees, horse and carriage rides, etc..  Please share them with at events@gafferdistrict.com, private message to their Facebook page, or mail a copy of photos and/or your favorite memories to Corning’s Gaffer District, Inc., 114 Pine Street, Corning, NY.  14830, and they will share them on their social media channels.  

Their retail business owners work every day to keep their premises sanitized and socially responsible as you shop. If you would like the option to shop online or over the phone, they can help you with free delivery service!  The district is so grateful to their partners at Ferrario Ford, who will be providing vehicles for them to deliver your retail purchases within a 30-mile radius of Corning.  Don Ferrario, the owner of Ferrario Auto Team, said “Ferrario Auto Team is excited to be involved with the Gaffer District Crystal City Traditions.  Crystal City Traditions Delivery Service sponsored by Ferrario will help local merchants compete with the online retailers during the pandemic when we are all finding ways to remain safe yet keep our local businesses alive.” 

The Gaffer District is committed to continuing the tradition of a spectacular backdrop of seasonal decor to enhance the holiday experience in downtown Corning, including the announcement that Santa is indeed coming to town. However, Santa’s Storytime will be available through their social media channels with updates every week from both Santa and local dignitaries, sponsored in part by the Southeast Steuben Library.  Don’t miss a chance to win one of the downtown’s most coveted holiday decorations in the Vitrix Masked Snowman Scavenger Hunt and giveaway, a partnership with radio station Magic 92.7, and tune into WENY TV to watch great memories from parades past on Sunday, November 29th at 9:30 am. Also available on the Ithaca channel, NYLocal, Saturday, November 28 at 6:30 pm.   

They appreciate the community’s extraordinary support for our business community over the years but especially since the pandemic cast its shadow over their world.  “We continue to be a community that is defined by our remarkable resilience and astonishing ability to overcome any adversity on our path by joining together”, said Coleen Fabrizi, executive director of Corning’s Gaffer District.

Most of their restaurants continue to offer delivery and curbside pickup. Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/gaffer.district.eats or their business directory at https://www.gafferdistrict.com/eat.  Stay tuned for new and innovative ways to experience their diverse and delicious offerings that you would expect from a Bon Appetit top culinary destination.

Stay tuned to GafferDistrict.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for details on all upcoming promotions.

For more information, visit gafferdistrict.com.

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