10 Fun Ways to Ring In the New Year in St. Louis

482791704It’s hard to believe it, but in just one week, we will be celebrating the arrival of a new year and ringing in 2016. If you think you’re stuck doing the same old thing again this New Year’s Eve, we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to! After all, there’s always something fun to do in and around St. Louis, no matter time of year.

Here are 10 ways you can welcome 2016 by yourself, with your family or friends, or with that special someone!

Hang Out at Ballpark Village – Join the party at New Year’s Eve Live at Ballpark Village this year from 8 p.m. to midnight! You can have fun checking out the many bars and restaurants that the Village has to offer and enjoy live music from Charles Glenn. There are also drink packages and party favors for you to enjoy. General admission is $75, or you can splurge on the Diamond Access tickets, which include a delicious food buffet, for $125.

Throw a Strike at Edison’s – Want to keep your celebrations local, somewhat low-key, and lots of fun? Check out Edison’s in Glen Carbon! You can try your hand at bowling with your buddies, hit up the arcade games, or have a blast with laser tag until 1 a.m. Plus, they have a whole menu full of scrumptious appetizers, foods, and beverages. Regardless of your age, Edison’s is fun for everyone!

Get Some Laughs In – Chuckle, laugh, and guffaw the night away this year at the Funny Bone in Westport Plaza! This year, comedian John Morgan will be entertaining the crowds at 5:30, 7:30, and 10 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $40.

Take a Local Cruise – That’s right, you can go on a cruise close to home! Check out the New Year’s Eve Cruise here in St. Louis as you hop on a steamboat that cruises the Mississippi River. Starting from the south leg of the Gateway Arch, you can enjoy dinner, an open bar, music, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. This three-and-a-half hours-long cruise is only $85 per person.

Dance the Night Away – Love dancing? Then come to Casa Loma this year for the Beggar’s Carnivale show, complete with gypsies, a circus, vaudeville acts, and much more! The Three Penny Orchestra will be performing for your dancing pleasure. Doors open at 9 p.m. A light buffet will be served after midnight, and you can keep on dancing until 3 in the morning! Tickets are only $69 for this fun night of music and food.

Put Your Thinking Cap On – If you’re a fan of Sherlock Homes (and love to laugh), then the Comedy-Mystery Dinner Theater on New Year’s Eve at the Lemp Mansion is for you! For $62.50, come out and enjoy an evening of good food and entertainment, and enjoy party hats, favors, and delicious champagne!

Enjoy the City’s Best Music – Treat your ears to some amazing music this New Year’s Eve by attending the famous St. Louis Symphony’s New Year’s Eve concert at Powell Hall. The program for the evening is always a secret, but you can bet that you will have a memorable evening under the direction of conductor David Robertson. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets range from $45 to $125.

Take To The Ice – For a wintery experience this New Year’s Eve, come out to Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park for a fun time for the whole family. Kids and adults alike can skate on the ice until 12:30 a.m. Skate admission is $7 and skate rental is $5 for everyone. Enjoy party favors and noisemakers, and purchase food and drinks to enjoy the night. Best of all – no reservations are required!

Take a Mini-Getaway to Pere Marquette – Looking for something completely different to do? Tune into your romantic side and take your significant other for a night at Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton, Illinois! Enjoy appetizers, an open bar, and a buffet dinner. After you eat, dance to the music and make a champagne toast at midnight, then head back to one of the lodge’s cozy rooms for the night. You’ll also be treated to breakfast the following morning! This little getaway costs $389 per couple.

Have a Blast at Home – Don’t feel like heading out this year? Have fun at home! You can call around to see if your friends or family members want to come over for your New Year’s bash, too. There’s nothing that a few pizzas, drinks, fun games, and music won’t solve!

Looking for more ideas to help you celebrate the New Year? Check out this list for plenty of ideas to help you celebrate in St. Louis! We hope you have a fantastic New Year’s Eve and a happy 2016!

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It’s Not Too Late To Winterize Your Home With These 7 Crucial Steps!

winterize-homeLet’s face it – we’ve been pretty lucky with our fall season. It’s been warmer than usual out there, and it feels like winter is still a long way away. The winter solstice will be arriving next week, and you can expect to see the temperatures going more and more into decline as time goes by.

Be ready for the winter before the cold really kicks in this year. Just follow these 7 tips below to winterize your home now so you won’t regret it later on in the season!

Clean Out the Gutters – Just about all the leaves have fallen here in the Metro East St. Louis region, making it the perfect time to grab a sturdy ladder and clean out those hard-working gutters. It won’t just make your home look nicer; it will also help drain water and take it away from your home and help prevent any ice build-up that could happen on your roof this winter. Even if you have leaf guards, make sure to clean out any leaves and debris that might have fallen from the trees. Before you call it a day, run a pail or two of water down the gutters to check for any holes or weaknesses. Make sure to address those problems before winter comes!

Trim Back the Trees – Take a look at your trees. How do the limbs look? Do they look sturdy and far enough away from your home, or would you feel worried about any stray limbs hitting your home or your car during a nasty winter storm? If you see any limbs that are dying or that could possibly do any damage in a storm, go ahead and trim them or cut them down now. After all, it’s much easier to do it now when it’s nicer outside than when it’s freezing and snow is covering the ground.

Stock Up on Essential Winter Supplies – No one really thinks about the winter until it’s cold or there’s a nasty winter storm on the way. Take the time now to stock up on the essentials. Get salt and sand for your driveway, replace any broken or worn-out shovels, and fill your snow blower with gas and start it up to make sure that it works properly. Do this now before all the supplies are gone when the temperature plummets!

Change the Furnace Filter – There’s almost nothing worse than having your furnace go out in the cold of winter. Give your furnace some extra care before it gets really cold and check out the furnace filter. If you haven’t done so recently, or if the filter is dirty, go ahead and replace it. Having a clean filter will help your furnace to run more efficiently, and it will also help save you more energy and more money throughout the season.

Insulate Your Pipes and Hot Water Heater – The Department of Energy states that when you take the time to insulate your hot water pipes, you can get hot water on a lower setting, which saves both money and energy (and can trim 4-9% off your water heating costs). Wrapping your pipes can also help protect them from freezing should an emergency occur as well.

Clean the Chimney – Do you have a fireplace? Before you turn it on, prop your feet up, and enjoy it this season, call a professional to clean it. Chimney fires can easily occur when the fireplace isn’t cleaned, but a professional can help clean out any build-up of soot or any animals that might be nesting in the chimney. Do this every year to protect your fireplace, your home, and your friends and family.

Add Insulation In the Attic – Extra insulation won’t just make your house feel warm and cozy – it will also help you save more energy and money in the long run. Most homes require 12-15 inches of insulation in the attic in order to be effective, so make sure to call up a professional to check your insulation. If you find that it’s lacking, go ahead and put some extra insulation in before winter arrives.

Looking for more suggestions on how to ready your home for the winter? Call the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at either (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 for all of your home needs! If you’re in the hunt for a new home, you can view our listings online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com as well.