CORNING, N.Y. (November 29, 2017)The Rockwell Museum presents a bounty of holiday events this season in downtown Corning. From the festive scarf adorning the beloved Artemus the bison on the façade of the building, to cookie decorating events, to the long-awaited Gingerbread Invitational, a visit to The Rockwell is the perfect addition to your holiday tradition.

Third Annual Gingerbread Invitational
On view: November 24, 2017 – December 31, 2017
Open daily, 9 a.m. –  5 p.m.
Daily admission rates apply.

This whimsical exhibition and competition features gingerbread creations modeled after beloved regional buildings and architecture, all created by local businesses and community members like you. The “Judges’ Choice” winners have been announced – now it’s your turn to visit and cast your vote for the Community Choice Award. Try the Gingerbread Art Hunt to help young visitors find all the tasty details, and explore hands-on holiday activities in the Family Exploration Studio.

Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 2, 2017: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 3, 2017: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Kick off the holiday season with free admission to The Rockwell Museum for all ages during the first weekend of December. See this year’s Gingerbread Invitational, find seasonal games and hands-on activities in the Family Exploration Studio, and explore The Museum Store for the perfect gift.

Family Sparkle: Gingerbread Cookie Decorating & More
Saturday, December 2, 2017: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Join The Rockwell in celebrating Sparkle with Corning’s Gaffer District by stopping by to participate in fun family activities. Decorate your own gingerbread house cookie – you will end up with a tasty treat to take home and enjoy (gluten-free cookies available)!  Additional activities include Bison Bingo and winter-themed Gallery activities and crafts. No registration required - all ages are welcome!  Family Sparkle and Holiday Open House made possible by Elmira Savings Bank.

Art Explorers’ Story Hour + Art Project: Colors of the Season
Thursday, December 7, 2017: 10 – 11 a.m.
Free and open to the public. No registration required.
For preschool age children and their families.

Children’s Librarian Sue McConnell will read Walking in a Winter Wonderland by Richard Smith. This extra special Story Hour includes an art project – create your own paper gingerbread bread house using geometric shapes. Explore the galleries after Story Hour for free, including a visit to the hands-on Family Exploration Studio at no charge. Art Explorers’ Story Hour takes place on the first Thursday of each month in partnership with The Southeast Steuben County Library.

Movie At The Museum: The Polar Express
Movie Night: Friday, December 15, 2017 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Movie Matinee: Saturday, December 16, 2017 |
2 – 4 p.m.
Kids/teens free. Adults $5.50 (local resident admission rate). Register at

Families are invited to wear their pajamas and bring a comfortable pillow for a fun viewing of this popular holiday movie! Meet The Conductor at these two opportunities for this special holiday tradition at The Rockwell. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To protect the artwork, please keep snacks at home!

Artisan Spotlight
Each week of the holiday season, The Rockwell Museum Store features a different artisan! These trunk shows are designed to give our customers the widest possible variety with top-quality gifts and apparel. The Museum Store features USA-made, Native-made, and fair-trade quality products. Your purchase today supports museum programs tomorrow. There is no admission fee to shop.

November 24 – December 3: Maruca Design Bags
December 3 – December 9: Asian Eye Scarves
December 10 – December 16: Turquoise Moon Jewelry
December 17 – December 23: Turquoise Terrapin Jewelry

ABOUT THE ROCKWELL MUSEUM: A Smithsonian Affiliate
The Rockwell Museum is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids and teens 17/under receive free admission to The Rockwell. Local residents enjoy 50% off admission, including for up to two out-of-town guests.

The Rockwell Museum collection tells the story of the American experience through a display of stunning art about the American experience. Founded in 1976, The Rockwell is an evolving community center which showcases the best of America through compelling exhibitions and imaginative programs.  The diverse collection includes a mix of contemporary Native American art with traditional bronze sculptures, landscape paintings and other works that embody America. Housed in the beautifully restored 19th century Old City Hall building, The Rockwell is active in the local community and holds special events and educational programming with area public schools. The Rockwell provokes curiosity, engagement and reflection about art and the American experience.

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