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Thursday, November 17, 2016

2016 Holiday Events in St. Charles County, Missouri

holiday events 2016 St Charles County Missouri

It’s Christmas season in St. Charles County, Missouri! The Boehmer Team loves the sights and sounds of the season. We have put together a handy list of events in St. Charles County for you and your family to enjoy over the 2016 holidays.

9th Annual Treasure Chest Holiday Expo at the St. Charles Convention Center November 18, 19 and 20
A Holiday Shopping Extravaganza with over 200 booths filled with one-of-a- kind Arts/Crafts, unique Gift items, Gourmet Goodies, Home Decor and everyone’s favorite Product vendors. Find just the right gift for everyone on your list this year. Free admission, free parking, raffles and door prizes through-out the weekend.

Christmas Traditions Festival  November 25 – December 24
This annual month long festival celebrates the best of the holiday season. From the boisterous cheer of our legendary Christmas figures and joyful singing of our harmonious carolers, to the unique shopping and dining opportunities found along the festival decorated brick lined streets, of historic St. Charles, Missouri. Christmas Traditions offers something special for everyone.
 November 25th - 11:00 AM
Kister Park Gazebo - 400 block of South Main Street

34th Annual Augusta Candlelight Christmas Walk  December 2 & December 9
Start your holiday traditions in beautiful Augusta, Missouri on Friday, December 2nd & 9th from 5 to 10 p.m. at the 34th Annual Candlelight Christmas Walks.
Experience an old-fashioned “Norman Rockwell-feeling Christmas”
Over a thousand luminaries light the way as visitors wander through the historic town visiting shops and galleries showcasing unique and distinctive gift ideas including hand-blown glass, local artisans, paintings and jewelry. Food vendors, restaurants, wineries & brewery pull out all the stops to entice the culinary pallet with traditional holiday fare.
O'Fallon Celebration of Lights
Celebration of Lights is a holiday light display held at Fort Zumwalt Park. Each scene is designed and funded by local organizations, churches and businesses. Started in 1991, the event attracts more than 10,000 vehicles each year and more than 10,000 individuals during the Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll.
Drive-through, no reservations needed

LSU's 3rd Annual Christmas Carol Sing: "The King is Coming!" Sunday, November 27 2016, 5:00 PM to 5:45 PM
LSU would like to welcome you to its third annual Christmas Carol Sing! This year we will feature an aural journey through the history of music, starting with the Gregorian Chant of the Middle Ages and moving through the Classical Period and into Jazz, Liturgical, and Contemporary settings. This chronological journey through music will be paralleled with Scripture readings and poetry reflecting on the gift of our Savior. This event is part of Lindenwood's Christmas Walk festivities, so please join us on Sunday, November 27, at 5:00 p.m. in Sibley Chapel for this time of musical celebration of the birth of Christ! 

Foundry Art Centre – The Polar Express November 30
Bring your family & friends to enjoy films throughout fall and winter at the Foundry Art Centre. Enjoy delicious, hand-crafted, made-from-scratch sweets from local St. Charles vendor SugarBot Sweet Shop at each of our film series events. 

Mayor Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Meadows of Lake Saint Louis December 2
Celebrate the holidays with a tree lighting ceremony, cookies, hot chocolate, horse and carriage rides and a special visit from Santa.
Major Kathy Schweikert will light the holiday tree at The Meadows of Lake Saint Louis, and live music will be provided by the Green Tree Elementary Choir. Free. 6 to 8 p.m.

Christmas Candlelight Tour December 2, 3, 9, & 10
Thousands of candles illuminate a world on the edge of the frontier. Step back into the early 1800s to experience Christmas as it was celebrated in the past with stories, music and hot cider. Limited tickets are available. Reservations are highly recommended.

Las Posadas December 03, 2016
Join us for the re-enactment of the Spanish Tradition of "Las Posadas".  The procession begins at Boone's Lick and South Main and proceeds to Frontier Park.  Participants carry candles while following Mary and Joseph as they seek shelter prior to arriving at Bethlehem.  Our journey ends at a live nativity scene on the riverfront.  A celebration follows with Christmas carols around the Yule Log bonfire. 

Santa at the Old Town Log Cabin – St. Peters December 3, 1-3pm
Get your kids' wish list together, and visit Santa for FREE at the Old Town Log Cabin in Old Town St. Peters. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, hot chocolate and cookies. It's all FREE! Bring your own camera, and dress appropriately -- this is an outdoor event. The Log Cabin is located at 141 Gatty Drive across from Old Town Park. 

Santa's North Pole Dash and Children's Snowman Shuffle – St. Charles, Mo December 3
This fun fundraiser for the Greater St. Charles County Chamber is in its sixth year! Come join the fun in historic downtown St. Charles. Race participants can receive special deals with many main street merchants by wearing their race shirt into the shops after the race.
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Winter Wonderland on Ice Show – St. Peters December 9, 10
Celebrate the holidays as the Rec-Plex North ice rink comes to life and turns into an enchanted Winter Wonderland on Ice. The best Rec-Plex solo skaters and synchronized skating teams will dazzle audiences with the beauty and skill of their original programs. Beloved holiday characters join in the festivities to make this a delightful event for the whole family.

The Gateway Ringers Holiday Concert – O'Fallon, MO December 9, 7:30 pm
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8945 Veterans Memorial Parkway, O'Fallon, MO 63366
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St Charles Big Band – Holiday Concert @ Lindenwood Scheidegger Center for the Arts December 13
The Concert Band will open the program at 7 PM with classic and contemporary Holiday Music, with a visit from Santa Claus expected. After a brief intermission, the Big  Band will  perform pop Holiday Favorites with a featured vocalist. 

Do you know of a holiday event in St. Charles County, Missouri that we are missing? Contact us and let us know by emailing or Kelly@TheBoehmerTeam.coom and we'll add it to the list. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from The Boehmer Team!

Friday, November 11, 2016

5 Reasons to List Over The Holidays

No matter the season, homebuyers need to purchase homes.  Think that if you list your home for sale during the holiday season that it won’t sell?  Then check out these reasons to list your St. Louis or St. Charles County area home over the holidays.

Reasons to List Your Home For Sale Over the Holidays

1. Buyers are motivated.
Buyers looking to purchase a home over the holidays are serious buyers. They may be trying to purchase before the end of the year for tax reasons.  Interest rates are predicted to go up next year and homebuyers will be looking to take advantage of still-low rates. Also, January is a big season for job transfers and homebuyers may be preparing for a job at a new location in the new year.

2. There is less competition.
Fewer homes on the market means fewer homes for sale for your home to compete against. This year there have been more buyers than homes coming onto the market and some buyers have simply been waiting all year for the right home to come onto the market. And that home could be yours.

3. Homes show better.
Homes show better over the holidays
Go ahead and decorate for the holidays. Holiday décor give buyers a nostalgic feeling can illicit positive emotions for your home. The holidays in general are a more emotional time of year and buyers are often motivated by emotion. Just be careful not to overdo the festive decorations, as you don’t want to clutter the space and make it feel smaller.

4. People are looking at homes over the holidays.
Despite the season, the Internet isalways available for online shoppers to discover your home online. In fact, COO of Zillow Group, Amy Bohutinsky, said their data shows an “influx of buyers between Christmas and January are online.”  In addition, buyers have designated time off work over the holidays to search for their next home.

yes buyers are looking at homes over the holidays
5. The process is quicker and smoother than any other time of year.
With the market being a bit slower during the holidays and winter months, the processors of your home sale have more time to dedicate to you and make sure that things go quickly and smoothly. Mortgage loan officers can process your loan quicker. Appraisers and inspectors will show up faster. Title companies will have more time to research. All this means a fast, smoother closing for you.

The Boehmer Team knows you have needs but also concerns. Afraid of dealing with home selling while you are out of town visiting relatives? The Boehmer Team takes care of that.  In fact, there are many things The Boehmer Team does to make sure your St. Louis or St. Charles County area home sale is as painless as possible. Contact The Boehmer Team to find out how they deliver great experiences for their home sellers and help them get the most from their home sale.