10 Fun Things to Do in St. Louis This Holiday Season

St. Louis at ChristmasIt’s that time of the year again! The turkey is just about on the table for Thanksgiving, and we will soon be in the holiday season once again. You’re probably gearing up to decorate your home in holiday décor and light peppermint or cinnamon candles all throughout your home, thinking of all the gifts you want to give your family and friends this year.

This holiday season, take some time out to explore your neighborhood and the neighborhoods around you! Check out the following 10 events taking place in and around St. Louis, and get ready to have some holiday fun with your family and friends!

Christmas Light Displays – The Greater St. Louis area and the Metro East St. Louis region all have fantastic Christmas light displays throughout the holiday season! Treat your eyes to the wonders of Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park, the gorgeous displays at the Way of Lights in Belleville, and many, many more! Click here for information on hours of operation, admission prices, and more!

Gardenland Express Deck the Halls Wreath Exhibit– Kick off the holiday fun at the Missouri Botanical Garden at their two fun events! The Garden is once again showcasing its “Gardenland Express” annual flower and train show, which features model trains winding their way through a miniature landscape filled with winter scenes and surrounded by poinsettias and other beautiful flowering plants. Then you can check out the “Deck the Halls” Wreath Exhibit, designed by local floral designers. Each of these events is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Saturday, November 23 to Sunday, January 5.

Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade – For many St. Louisans, Thanksgiving officially begins at the annual Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade. Enjoy local marching bands, giant balloons and floats, and much more as the parade makes its way down Market Street. The parade kicks off at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 28!

Edwardsville’s Downtown in December – For those who don’t want to venture too far from home, Edwardsville’s Downtown in December event is for you! From December 1st through the 21st, you can enjoy wonderful window displays, extended downtown hours, caroling, Santa’s house at City Park, and so much more! Mark your calendars also for the Winter Market on December 7th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Edwardsville. The market will feature local artisans, baked goods, crafters, locally grown items, and unique boutique gifts from the community. You can find more information here

Catch Breakfast with Santa – You and your family are invited to have breakfast with Santa at three different locations this holiday season! Catch Santa at the St. Louis Zoo, the Magic House, or Eckert’s Orchards to dine with the Old St. Nick. You can find him at Eckert’s Orchards on November 30 and December 1, December 7 and 8, December 14 and 15, and December 21 and 22. You can find Santa at the zoo on December 7 and 8, December 14 and 15, and December 21 and 22, and you can also find him at the Magic House on December 8th and 15th.

Christmas at the Fabulous Fox – Celebrate the season at the Fox Theatre! This year, you can choose from A Christmas Carol, The Joy of Christmas with Martina McBride, or Elf. These shows are available at the Fabulous Fox Theatre from December 5 to December 29.

Symphony Holiday Concerts – Is classical music more up your alley? Enjoy a special holiday concert with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at Powell Symphony Hall! Concerts vary between Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and A Gospel Messiah to popular holiday classics and favorite carols. Catch a show from December 6 through December 22 and treat your ears to fantastic music!

Lafayette Square Parlor Tour – Check out the finest Victorian homes in St. Louis as they are all decked out for the holiday season! The tour begins on Sunday, December 8 at Park House at 2023 Lafayette Avenue, and all of the beautiful homes are within walking distance. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 on the day of the tour. Children younger than 12 years old are free when accompanied by an adult.

Santa vs. the Snowman – Interested in a lighthearted and funny holiday tale for you and your family? Come to the St. Louis Science Center throughout the month of December to experience “Santa vs. the Snowman” in the OMNIMAX theater. It tells the story of a curious snowman who challenges Santa and his workshop for control of the Christmas gift delivery business. Tickets are just $9 for adults and $8 for children and seniors, and special group discounts are also available.

Gingerbread Walk – Visit downtown Belleville on Saturday, December 14 to enjoy a special holiday walk along Main Street. You can buy a gingerbread cookie bag at the beginning of the walk and then stop at the dozens of stores along the way to get a different cookie to fill your bag! This event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If all you want for the holidays is your dream home, we can help! Call us at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298 or visit us online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see how we can help you find it! Have a wonderful holiday season!

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8 Tasks to Check Off Your Home Maintenance List This November

Home maintenance for NovemberNovember is the month nearly everyone thinks about Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season. November should also be considered as a great home maintenance month before the cold winter weather makes its imminent arrival to the St. Louis region.

This November, take the time to perform and check off the following 8 tasks from your home maintenance to-do list! Check them out below!

Maintain Your Chimney and Fireplace – Before you decide to put a fire on in your fireplace, make sure that you give it thorough seasonal maintenance, giving special attention to the flue, damper, and firebox. A buildup of creosote can lead to a very dangerous chimney fire. Also, if you don’t already have a chimney cap, we suggest that you go ahead and get them installed at the time of service. This will help prevent outside critters from coming inside through your fireplace. Also, if you store firewood outside, make sure that it is not directly stored up against the house – mice and termites like to hang out there and can easily find their way into your home!

Ready Your Snow Supplies – You might not be ready to face the impending winter and the frozen precipitation that comes with it, but you will have to eventually! While winter has yet to arrive and it won’t start snowing tomorrow (or so we hope), forecasters in the St. Louis region are calling for a rough winter this year. Ready your snow gear before the weather turns nasty! Make sure that your snow shovel isn’t buried underneath all of your gardening tools and car supplies and that you have easy access to it in case of bad weather. If you use a snow blower, have it serviced and fill the tank with fresh gasoline. Finally, stock up on calcium chloride and some sand for deicing – keep a little of it inside your entrance in case you wake up to a snowy surprise!

Clean Your Gutters – If you haven’t done this yet, now is the time to get to it! Wear long rubber gloves, grab a gallon bucket, and scoop out leaves and debris into the bucket by hand. After the gutters are cleaned, run water down the gutter to see if it drains properly or if there are any spots that need to be patched up before the winter hits.

Clean and Maintain Closets – Can you see the floor space in your closets? Can you easily close the doors? If you answered, “No,” to either one of those questions, you need to clean your closets. Cramped closets can give unwanted pests a home, and too much stuff can break racks from the walls and derail sliding doors off their hinges. Go through your closets and throw out or donate the things you don’t want or need anymore. Consider adding compartments and hanging racks at different levels to make better use of your closet spaces.

Maintain Large Appliances – The holidays are quickly approaching, and that means family, fun times, and of course, lots of great food! You will want to make sure that your appliances are properly prepared for the demands you will be putting on them. Pull your fridge from the wall and clean the condenser coils in the back with a vacuum cleaner and a brush attachment. Vacuum away dust from the lower grille as well. Clean your oven and stove drip pans on your electric range oven. This will help ensure that your holidays are even safer!

Check Your Sump Pump – Most homes have sump pumps installed in an unfinished area in the basement. These pumps switch on automatically when groundwater levels rise, eliminating basement water before it’s a problem. If you happen to have a sump pump in your home, be sure that it is in good working order before the season begins. You wouldn’t want to wake up to a snowstorm and a flooding basement!

Maintain Moisture in Your Home – During the winter season, heaters can rob a home of its humidity quite easily. If moisture sounds like a bad thing to have in your home, please take note that even just a touch of moisture in the air can make heated air feel warmer, which means that you can keep the heat at a slightly lower temperature as long as your humidity is balanced. If you find that your woodwork is cracking or your skin is dry all the time, you probably need more moisture in your home. Consider investing in a humidifier to help add moisture to the atmosphere!

Check Your Windows – After the first snowfall is not the time to discover that your windows aren’t properly sealed. As snow builds up and begins to melt in these areas, the water will then penetrate into unprotected areas, which can cause structural members to rot out. Check your windows before the cold weather arrives and caulk areas that aren’t properly sealed to keep out unwanted moisture and drafts.

Need more advice? Want to know how you can improve your home for your family or to help sell faster? Call us today at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298 or visit us online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see how we can help! We are THE home experts in the Metro East St. Louis region!