Join us as we warmly welcome the arrival of the holiday season with new twists on old favorites and even a few brand-new traditions to start with your family during the most special time of the year!
Nothing says "holidays" like a little sparkle. The Museum is full of all things shimmery, twinkly, and sparkly–so come see them! Receive 50% off of your admission tickets on December 5 or 6. Locals who qualify for our resident rate (residing in zip codes starting with 148, 149, 169) will pay only $5 per adult. Advanced tickets are still required.
Holidays at Home Ornament Project
Start a new tradition with us as we celebrate creativity this holiday season! Families may purchase Holidays at Home design templates at The Studio or the Museum Admission Desk. You can customize everything about your ornament: colors, design motif, and even ornament shape! Together as a family you can enjoy coloring and personalizing your designs safely at home. Once you return your design page, our team of glass artists will create your ornament from molten glass—a keepsake that you can treasure forever.
Festive Hot Glass Demonstrations
There's no better way to warm up than by seeing a Hot Glass Demonstration. Watch as our gaffers and flameworkers take molten glass and transform it into beautiful holiday-themed creations!
Winter is the season of sparkle and shine! From many holiday displays to the snow-white Contemporary Art + Design Galleries and sparkling cut class in the Crystal City Gallery, we can't wait to see the photo ops you find. Make sure to tag us on Instagram @corningmuseum!
Themed Gallery Hunts
Test your super-sleuthing skills in our galleries! Our Winter Wonders-themed gallery hunt will have you looking for all kinds of wintery objects from chilly to whimsy and everything in between!
20% Off in The Shops
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and save some money at the same time! Our Shops have gifts for everyone on your list. Stop in and save 20% off on your regularly-priced purchases!
Cozy Café Offerings
Get cozy at our Café. Featuring everything from festive desserts and fanciful hot drinks to family-friendly meals and other special offerings; you're sure to find more than one delectable treat.
A Special Gift
As a way to say "thank you" for spending some of your holiday time with us, each family will receive a special thank you gift as they leave the Museum on December 5 or 6. We can't wait to start the season with you!
Discounted Make Your Own Glass Experiences
Visit The Studio for a Make Your Own Glass experience at a special, discounted rate. Choose from a variety of festive projects for all ages and skill levels and try your hand at glassmaking! Plus, handmade Make Your Own Glass pieces make great gifts to give–or to keep! The number of projects limited due to COVID-19. Advanced reservations are required, some projects are sold out.
Is The Corning Museum of Glass hosting the annual Holiday Open House for 2020?
Holiday Open House has long been a favorite annual event, and it has been our pleasure to open the Museum for a special weekend each holiday season as a gift to the entire community. Due to safety and capacity considerations associated with COVID 19, we are unable to hold Holiday Open House in its traditional form, and will instead present Holiday Kickoff, an alternative festive event that invites community members to start their season of celebration at the Museum.
How is Holiday Kickoff different than Holiday Open House?
Holiday Open House has long been a favorite annual event, featuring a weekend packed with special activities for families. COVID-19 has changed everything this year, and our annual holiday event is no exception. Due to safety and capacity considerations, we will present Holiday Kickoff, an alternative weekend event that invites community members to start their festive season of celebration at the Museum.
What is Holiday Kickoff?
Holiday Kickoff is a new event that invites the community to ring in the holiday season at CMoG, but is designed with our COVID-19 safety regulations in mind. Families will be able to enjoy holiday-themed scavenger hunts, glassmaking demonstrations, and décor, including our 14-foot glass ornament tree featuring 2,000 handblown glass ornaments, and some new seasonal works by our Hot Glass Demo Team. The event will be offered at a discounted admission of 50% off, meaning locals receive admission for only $5. As always, kids and teens are free. Advanced tickets are required as capacity is limited, so make your reservations early.
Will I be able to drop in for Holiday Kickoff?
All guests will need to pre-register on our website for a timed ticket, and due to limited daily capacity, we expect tickets to book quickly for Holiday Kickoff on Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6. There may be a limited number walk-in tickets available on event days, but we encourage folks to book tickets in advance to ensure entry.
CMoG’s Holiday Open House has always been free. Why are you charging admission this year?
Although we have always loved extending free admission to our community on this particular weekend, the reality is that COVID-19 has had an impact on every organization, and The Corning Museum of Glass is no exception. Our doors were closed from March 16 to July 1, and we are operating at significantly reduced capacity and revenue levels. Given the circumstances, we are delighted to be able to offer a 50% admission discount to all who visit during the Holiday Kickoff weekend. That means locals who qualify for our resident rate (residing in zip codes starting with 148, 149, 169) will pay only $5.
Will there be Breakfast with Santa this year?
Unfortunately, Santa won’t be making an appearance at the Museum during the Holiday Kickoff. Breakfast and lunch with Santa as well as photos with Santa will not be available this year. We know there will be some disappointment at this news, but this decision was made with careful consideration, so that the Museum can ensure a safe experience for our guests and staff.
I usually buy many gifts at the Studio Glass Sale. Will that happen this year?
Unfortunately, we are unable to hold our annual Studio Glass Sale, but we will have plenty of glass gifts available in our Shops, which will be offering 20% off regularly priced items during the Holiday Kickoff weekend.
Will Make Your Own Glass experiences be available during Holiday Kickoff?
Yes! We realize that making glass together is a beloved family tradition for many in our community, and we are doing what we can to ensure that opportunities will still be available. Sandblasting, fusing and hot works projects are available at a $4 discount per project for the weekend. Advanced reservations are required and project availability is limited, so we recommend booking your project soon.
What if I can’t do a Make Your Own Glass experience? Are there other glassmaking opportunities?
Given reduced Make Your Own Glass project capacity due COVID, we’ve gotten creative and developed two brand new programs that allow you to get in on the glassmaking process without having to physically come to the Museum. Holidays at Home, in which you purchase a design page at The Studio or Admissions Desk, then color and personalize the ornament design page at home, choosing colors, design and shape. Return your design page to the Museum by November 30, and our glass artists will create your ornament from molten glass, with project pick up beginning December 16. Similarly, our online Design Your Own Ornament project lets you select the color, shape, and pattern of an ornament—then await the arrival of your customized work, created by our Studio team just for you.
My kids love decorating cookies at Holiday Open House each year. Will they be able to this year?
We cannot offer cookie decorating given our COVID-19 safety guidelines, however we will be providing a small box of prepacked cookies for each family as a gift as they leave.
Will there be holiday craft projects to work on as there have been in the past?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer hands-on craft projects due to social distancing concerns.We encourage guests to book a Make Your Own Glass experience during the weekend, which are being offered at a discounted price.