My apologies for leaving you hanging for the first half of the month! Fortunately, the real estate market has been keeping us on our toes helping our clients achieve their real estate goals.
As we grow closer to the end of the year, it is a great time to reflect on our successes and the other things that we can learn from. Speaking of successes, my beloved St. Louis has done a great job of delivering another great month for us to enjoy.
I hope that you’ll join me in getting out and living a beautiful life in St. Louis this month!
All the best. -Nate
As my daughter, Nylah said, tonight will be the last Friday, the 13th of the decade! What better way to enjoy it than to check out millions of lights at the Missouri Botanical Garden at the Garden Glow, a favorite spot to stroll and revel in the holiday spirit.
This evening, you’ll also find a couple of art opening receptions. The Winter Group Show at the Houska Gallery and the Opening Reception: Jill Hackney & Perry Haas at the Duane Reed Gallery, both in the Central West End.
I haven’t seen Boogie Chyld in years! If you are looking for something to do this evening, check them out at 1860 Saloondown in Soulard. This party band is certainly a crowd pleaser!
Also this weekend, and throughout the rest of the month, you and the family will enjoy several fun events at the St. Louis ZooBreakfast with SantaDinner with Santa, and Wild Lights. Choose a favorite or attend them all this holiday season! Catch the 34th Annual Brewery Lights will be at Anheuser-Busch as well!
I cry every time I see the movie, but I haven’t seen the play yet. This weekend will be our chance as the bells will be ringing and angels will get their wings as Metro Theater Company performs It’s a Wonderful Life at The Grandel.
If you are looking for him this weekend, have no fear as the fine folks at St. Louis Magazine have put together a great list of places Where to See Santa Claus in St. Louis this weekend.
On Saturday, you might want to head Midtown to check out the Urban Chestnut Brewery where you will find their Winter Market, complete with local vendors on hand for holiday shopping, food & drink specials, hot chocolate, fire pits & live music! to the Central West End to check out the CWE Window Walk Holiday Market. Enjoy live music, warm drinks and free donuts!
Later tomorrow, you’ll find me and my lovely bride at the 100 Black Men Winter Royale fundraising gala. Dirty Muggs will be on stage!
This weekend, and throughout December you and the family will enjoy several fun events at the St. Louis ZooBreakfast with SantaDinner with Santa, and Wild Lights. Choose a favorite or attend them all this holiday season! The 34th Annual Brewery Lights will be at Anheuser Busch as well!
I’ve been doing some research, and you may be shocked to know that the City of Overland has experienced the highest median home sale price increase in St. Louis County over the last decade. This weekend, you can check out the winners of the Overland Christmas Light Contest and see the town for yourself!
Make the season merry and bright at Winter Celebrations at the Saint Louis Art Museum! This family-friendly extravaganza of performances, art activities, and festivities is inspired by the warmth of the season and traditions from around the world. Drop in for performances by community groups like Afriky LoloSt. Louis Osuwa Taiko, and Hispanic Festival, Inc. You can also enjoy art making and cookie decorating with your little ones during this special, free two-day festival on Saturday and Sunday.
An unforgettable evening is planned for holiday revelers: the Mercy Holiday Celebration with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Holiday Festival Chorus, will delight you and your friends and family all weekend long.
Also this weekend, be sure to head over to Better Family Life for an event that draws families and shoppers from the entire St. Louis metropolitan area for food, fun, education, and entertainment. The BFL Kwanzaa Holiday Expo is a 35-year old tradition where you can purchase hand crafted, artisan and hand selected goods. The stage will be grooving all day long with performances. You’ll also find lectures and discussion panels along with a Children’s Village to become more familiar with the 7 principles of Kwanzaa.
If you are looking for more unique gifts this holiday season, head over to South County for a one-day-only indoor Holiday Pop-Up Shop, featuring a variety of local artists and vendors at the Laumeier Pop-Up Shop!
You can head over to The Hill neighborhood for an event that you’ll never forget! Visit with Babbo Natale who is the Italian Santa, and take selfies with a Real Reindeer all while enjoying a nativity petting zoo, Carriage rides, cookie decorating for the kids, train rides, gift village and more at the Old World Christmas on The Hill!
An educational experience at The Missouri History Museum is available for you at Segregation in the City symposium that explores the steps that St. Louis, Baltimore, and Kansas City are taking to confront issues of segregated housing and policy solutions. You’ll find my friend, Washington University Professor Molly Metzger, along with several others discussing how to break down the lasting legacy of housing inequality.
Enjoy another Kwanzaa Celebration and support the youth, the community, artists, and small business at St. Louis ArtWorks. This free event is complete with a fashion show, live art, music and vendors.
All weekend, Candy Cane Lane Trolley Tours gives you a chance to enjoy the Holiday Lights of Candy Cane Lane, the Anheuser- Busch Brewery and Webster Groves Lights while riding aboard an authentic old-fashioned trolley. The trolley is enclosed, heated, and decorated and will be playing holiday music.  
St. Louis Holiday Light Hopping has done a great job of curating a list of the best spots to check out holiday lights all across the region. Check it out!
Finally, this weekend, you can head to University City to check out some amazing talent as three talented dance ensembles will be blessing the stage at COCA. You’ll find COCAdance, Ballet Eclectica and the COCA Hip-Hop Crew rocking the house at Winter Rep: A Movement in Color.
December 16-22
The 17th is the last day for us to get Free Weekly Chess Lessons at Apotheosis Comics . Maybe I’ll get good enough to beat Nylah!
On Wednesday, the 18th, you can get into the groove at Jazz St. Louis with Nate Smith + Kinfolk. This talented drummer and his band fuses his original modern jazz compositions with R&B, pop, and hip-hop. 
This weekend you might like to see Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Check out the full list of exhibitions here.
On Saturday the 21st Lioness: The Amy Winehouse Tribute will be at The Grandel Theatre with special guest Hillary Fitz.
Saturday, Yoga with Jamie will be hosting heLast Yoga Class of the year The Last Hotel.
Through the 22nd at Laumeier Sculpture Park the Sam Falls: Conception exhibit will please viewers as it reflects the landscape in a lovely and creative way.
Don’t forget about Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park. This tradition is a favorite outing for many who make it a yearly excursion, so bundle up an join in the fun!
December 23-29
This week, St. Louis Ballet is presenting The Nutcracker, on the vast stage at the Touhill Performing Arts CenterIt incorporates spectacular effects such as glitter, smoke and pyrotechnics plus new choreography each year to keep this holiday classic fresh.
Why not be the life of the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s parties? Learn the tricks to getting some laughs on the 23rd at CszStLouis Improv Comedy Workshop at Pat Connelly Tavern. Enjoy a tasty dinner while you’re there.
On Friday, singer-songwriter Phoebe Elliot will be having a release party for her new CD This is Who I am.
Also on Friday, My Posse in Effect , which is a tribute to the Beastie Boys will be rockin’ the mic at Delmar Hall
Sunday will be your last chance at the Contemporary Art Museum to see Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States exhibition.
With family and friends gathered for the holidays, it’s the perfect occasion to see the spectacular new St. Louis Aquarium at St. Louis Union Station. It’s grand opening is sold out on Christmas Day, but hopefully, you can check it out before the end of the year. You also can hop aboard The Polar Express Train Ride! with the kids. Their eyes will sparkle with delight time of year in downtown St. Louis! And… be sure to savor something delicious in the station’s new restaurants.
On the 29th, you can check out the Last Brunch of the decade at The Last Hotel on Washington Avenue!
Anticipation: Pre-New Year Party, The start of a new year is always an exciting time filled with anticipation of what’s to come and the Angad Arts Hotel is kicking off the celebration early with live music by Laka! Feel free to wear that glittery dress and your Sunday’s best! As always, all are welcome and even better than your standard NYE party, there is no cover charge.
As you can see, there are plenty of great ways to enjoy St. Louis over the next month. I hope that you have a lovely holiday season, and a safe and prosperous new year! Please don’t hesitate to let me know if there is anything that I can do for you.
All the best. -Nate
P.S.
Here is the latest Housing ReportIt shows that pending sales are down about 7% from last year, and the inventory continues to be low as it is down about 22% from last year. If you have any questions about how this affects you, just let me know. I’d be happy to provide some more insight.
Let me know if there is anything that I can do for you. -Nate
Nate K. Johnson
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