Fun St. Louis Winter Activities

The temperature is dropping, the leaves are falling, and the sun is setting earlier and earlier. Winter is just around the corner, which means it’s time to break out the hot chocolate, ugly Christmas sweaters, and your favorite holiday tunes. While some see winter as a time to hibernate, life continues even as blizzards blow in and the roads freeze over. So, instead of daydreaming of all the things you can do underneath the beating sun of summer, find out what you can do with your time now. Stick around and learn what the top St. Louis activities are that will leave you feeling merry and bright this winter.

See The Lights

You don’t need to travel to Paris to feel like you’re in the City of Lights this winter. St. Louis Boasts beautiful light displays throughout December that will leave you oohing and aahing in wonder. Try The Way of Lights—a mile-and-a-half drive that boasts over one million lights and displays. Or perhaps you’d like to take a trip through the Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park this holiday season. Tilles Park’s Winter Wonderland has been a time-honored tradition for St. Louisans for over 30 years. Experience something truly magical, made possible by millions of lights and various holiday scenes. Other holiday light displays around the St. Louis area include:

Theatre, Music, And More

St. Louis prides itself on its robust population of talented thespians, musical artists, and dancers. This year don’t miss out on the many different performances scheduled around the city. Experience the classics, like Rudolph the Red Nosed-Reindeer at the Fox Theater December 17-18 or The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert, December 11-12. Whether you prefer a classic or new take on the holiday spirit, there is something for everyone this holiday season. Other performances include:

Family Favorites

Take a trip out of Union Station on the Polar Express this December and give your kids memories that will last a lifetime. Tickets go fast, so make sure to book your trip today. And make sure you don’t miss out on Grinchmas, Saturday, December fourth. The Grinch’s heart has grown three sizes, and he’s ready to give back to his community. This year he’ll be raising funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Each photo with the Grinch will cost $7, or you bring a toy to donate, in which case, the photo will only cost $5.

Looking for something some more family fun? Try different holiday-themed activities with festive music, lights, drinks, and more at:

Whether you’re at Six Flags St. Louis or skating on the Midwest’s largest outdoor skating rink, you’ll be overwhelmed in exaltation as you spend these winter days enjoying your friends, family, and all those who partake in this season of celebration.

Check Out Our Museums

We have history, art, science, and more, all available throughout winter. A personal favorite of ours is the City Museum. This quirky, 600,000 space warehouse has been transformed into a wonderland all its own. Part funhouse and part theme park, no matter how many times you go, there always seems to be something new to enjoy. This crazy experience is excellent for the whole family. Other St. Louis classics include the following:

After Hours

Bring in the new year at Ballpark Village. From concerts to watching the Blues play their way towards victory, there’s something for everyone. How could you turn down a night full of great music, friends, and drinks? Do remember, while live, in-person concerts are back on, there will be limited capacity to allow for safe social distancing, so buy your tickets soon if you haven’t already.

Along with Ballpark Village, countless rooftop bars around the city provide a good time and an even better view. You can see a list of our favorites below:

The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties

When you move into a new home, you move into a new community with new people, places, and activities. TheMassey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties values their St. Louis roots and urges everyone to embrace everything this city has to offer.

Are you looking to contact The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties? Visit our website today, or call the following phone numbers to talk with a member of our team: (618) 791-5024 & (618) 791-9298. Don’t hesitate to reach out! We’re here to help you feel at home.

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2021 Holiday Decorating Trends

What do eating comfort foods, celebrating time-honored traditions, and opening heartwarming gifts have in common? Put them all together, and you’re spending time with loved ones during the holidays! Of course, before you can invite everyone over, you need to decorate. Find the best 2021 holiday decorating trends below to spruce up your space.

Use Merry and Bright Colors

Red and green don’t have to be the only colors you see this holiday season. They’re a classic combination for sure, but this year people are expanding their color palettes to include neon, pastel, and jewel tones. You can search online for a custom neon sign, hang up a pink wreath, or decorate the tree with multicolored ornaments.

Hang Vintage Tree Trimmings

What was popular decades ago is back in style. It’s time to find those long-overlooked treasures you have in storage! People are particularly interested in displaying glass ornaments from the 1950s, which are often in bright pastels and vintage shades of chartreuse, blues, and pinks.

Walk Down Memory Lane

This year, with more people able to travel home for the holidays, homeowners want to express how nostalgic they feel with their décor. Using vintage ornaments, old dishes, and passed-down table linens will unlock happy memories. Plus, reusing decorations instead of buying them new is environmentally friendly.

Go Green for the Holidays

Interest in sustainability has grown over the last few years. Now, people are looking for cards, wrapping paper, gifts, and holiday decorations that are sustainable in some way. Consider handcrafted or wooden decorations in addition to those made of recycled glass or paper.

Personalize DIY Decorations

This holiday season, get creative and budget-friendly with DIY decorations. Sew a tree skirt, make your own stockings, and even craft a paper garland or wreath. Incorporating dried orange and grapefruit slices creates a vintage vibe. To make your guests feel extra special, you can set out personalized placeholders by having a fun photo or handwritten name card at each seat.

Bring Natural Elements Indoors

Holiday celebrations are the perfect time to bring the outdoors in, especially when it’s too cold to stay outside for long. You can put up a real tree, bring in houseplants, and decorate with evergreens. When choosing evergreens, look for holly, ivy, euonymus, pine, and spruce because they don’t dry out quickly. Some homeowners spray paint leaves with silver, gold, or other colors to keep them from withering and add a nice holiday touch.

Find a Home That Makes You Joyful

By following these tips, you’ll spread holiday cheer throughout your home. But what about the other months of the year? If a new home is on your wishlist, the real estate experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties are here to help! Call us at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 and learn more today.

How to Brighten a Dark Room

A common interior design challenge is figuring out how to brighten a dark kitchen, living room, or bedroom. This is especially true if your place doesn’t have many large windows to let in natural sunlight. Luckily, there are many ways to decorate your home and create ideal lighting conditions. From painting the ceiling to covering the floors, we gathered our favorite tips on how to brighten a dark room.

Hang a Mirror or Two

Use mirrors to their full potential by placing them near a light source. As light bounces off the reflective surface, your room will feel brighter and more spacious. You can hang mirrors across from windows to take advantage of natural lighting. Otherwise, positioning a mirror near a table lamp or floor lamp will achieve a similar effect.

Add Light Fixtures

When there is a lack of natural light, adding light fixtures like floor and table lamps may be the way to go. At the same time, how you aim the light also makes a difference. Focusing a narrow area of light on the floor won’t be very luminous. When you wash the walls or ceiling with light, you give every corner of the room a warm glow. This simple shift will make the room feel cozier and more spacious as well.

Embrace White Walls

If your ceiling or walls are in a dark color, it’s time to strap on your overalls, grab your paint roller, and open a gallon of white paint. Since white paint reflects light onto other surfaces, it makes the room appear brighter and bigger. Yet, if you consider white just too boring, consider adding ornamental trims to the ceilings for added texture, or painting an accent wall with a refreshing color.

Deep Clean Your Windows

Think of wearing glasses with smudges on them. In the same way, windows can become dirty and limit visibility. So, perhaps the answer to brightening up your dark room is a good window cleaning. While this sounds obvious and almost too simple, the less dirt and dust on your windows, the more sunshine there will be. 

Opt for Light-Colored Curtains

Luckily, there are plenty of window treatment options that will give you privacy while still letting light into the room. You can swap heavy drapes for lighter materials, such as linen. Another option is using Venetian blinds to help direct sunlight up toward the ceiling. Since dark curtains absorb light, opt for shades of beige or light gray.

Pick Minimalist Furniture

The furniture you choose should match your personal style and go well together. At the same time, think about how your sofa, chairs, tables, and more impact the light in your home. In particular, stuffing an already-dim room with oversized furniture will cast more shadows. When you compare a walnut coffee table with a translucent acrylic, you can see the difference. Picking minimalist furniture with smooth, sleek lines and lighter colors is the key.

Reduce the Number of Accessories

When too many objects are in a room, they crowd the space, making it feel dark and small. Take away some of the art and accessories while decorating. Plus, using baskets to store small items will organize your belongings and remove them from everyday view. By narrowing down your pieces, your space will have a bright, clean look.

Have a Bright Area Rug

Flooring is more difficult to replace than the wall color or furniture, which is why area rugs are a great idea. They add softness and texture, and large rugs help to expand the visual space. The rug doesn’t have to be a solid color; use this as another opportunity to show off your personality and aesthetic. When selecting a color, look for those in white, ivory, or yellow, or a combination of warm hues.

Reach Out to The Massey Team

The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties will help you discover the home of your dreams. As our experts know, sometimes all it takes is re-envisioning your current space. Other times, a new home is just what you need, which is easier to find with a knowledgeable real estate agent by your side. Call us today at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298, or get started by viewing our current listings!