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A very cool happening for Crystal City

Dec 03rd, 2021

Hallmark movie-worthy city in Upstate New York named among best Christmas towns in nation.

A small city in Upstate New York that sparkles with holiday charm has been dubbed one of the best Christmas towns in the nation.

Corning, known as the “Crystal City,” has made Country Living’s list of 55 bucket list-worthy Christmas towns — communities the magazine lauded for being filled with Hallmark Christmas movie magic. The Southern Tier city made the list alongside North Pole, Alaska and bustling New York City.

Country Living recognized Corning, home of Corning Glass, for glittering — quite literally — during the holiday season.

The city starts off a month’s worth of festivities with its Parade of Lights, which lights up the chilly night with floats and vehicles dressed up in twinkling lights. It continues with Sparkle, a festival that features horse-drawn carriage rides, community sing-alongs and visits to Santa in a life-sized snow globe.

Much of holiday magic can be found in Corning’s Gaffer District, where a giant Christmas tree completely bedecked in ornaments made of colorful hand-blown glass currently stands inside the Corning Museum of Glass.

“As a child, did you ever shake a snow globe and marvel at the magical scene within of snow swirling around a winter wonderland?” wrote the Gaffer District. “That perfectly describes the feeling you’ll get as you stroll through Corning’s Gaffer District during the holidays.”

And that “sparkling holiday season” magic is exactly what earned Corning a spot on Country Living’s list of the best Christmas towns in the country.

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