Gaffer District cancels Parade of Lights, Sparkle, Santa at the Crystal House, announces new events

Corning Bureau

CORNING, N.Y. (WETM) – The Corning Gaffer District has canceled the annual Parade of Lights, Sparkle, and in-person visits with Santa at the Crystal House due to COVID-19.

The community is an essential part of all of our celebrations. So we 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 us at, private message to our 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 we will share them on our social media channels.

Our 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, we can help you with a free delivery service! We are so grateful to our partners at Ferrario Ford, who will be providing vehicles for us to deliver your retail purchases within a 30-mile radius of Corning. Ferrario Auto Team is excited to be involved with the Gaffer District Crystal City Traditions and assist the Gaffer District business owners as they compete with large online retailers during the holiday.

Most of our restaurants continue to offer delivery and curbside pickup. Go to or our business directory at Stay tuned for new and innovative ways to experience our diverse and delicious offerings that you would expect from a Bon Appetit top culinary destination.

We are 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 our social media channels with updates every week from both Santa and our 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 memories from Parade of Lights from the past on Sunday, November 29, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. Also available on Ithaca channel NYLocal, Saturday, November 28, at 6:30 p.m.

We appreciate the community’s extraordinary support for our business community over the years but especially since the Pandemic cast its shadow over our 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.

The Gaffer District will hold the following events in place of the large in-person events:

Crystal City Traditions Delivery Service

Corning’s Gaffer District combined with Ferrario Ford is introducing a new delivery service to provide the community with another opportunity to shop locally!

Crystal City Traditions Storytime

Corning’s Gaffer District has partnered with the Southeast Steuben County Library to offer Holiday storytime with local dignitaries beginning on Tuesday, October 27th with The Days of Incandescence to be read by the author of the story Dave Degoyler.

Vitrix Snowman Scavenger Hunt & Letters to Santa

In partnership with Magic 92.7, Corning’s Gaffer District will have a mailbox set up in Centerway Square, near the Christmas tree to receive letters to Santa that will be read live on the morning show with Alisia. This year we are adding a Scavenger Hunt that will have well-placed Vitrix Snowmen throughout the Gaffer District. We will be giving away three snowmen a week. Listen to the morning show on Magic 92.7 with Alisia to win!

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