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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Chicago, Illinois

by Allyson Hoffman



Christmas in Chicago - Family Fun for Everyone

by Allyson Hoffman

This is the time of year when we try to free up extra time to enjoy the holiday season and spend time with family and friends. The Chicago area is full of fun and entertaining activities for the whole family to enjoy. Below are a few attractions you may want to check out this holiday season.

Chicago's Millennium Park
Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, Millennium Park is open 6am - 11pm daily. You won't want to miss the amazing display of art and architecture in this four season park. Round up family and friends and head down to Millennium Park's 16,000 square foot ice skating rink for a few twirls and maybe a few spills. The Park Grill is nearby and is perfect for a quick bite to refuel.

For more information visit the Millenium Park website.

Lincoln Park ZooLights
An amazing display of Christmas lights open to you and your families from 5pm - 9pm, December 14th - January 1st (closed December 24th and 25th). Perfect for the whole family, the zoo offers displays and activities sure to warm everyone. Santa's Safari, Ice Carving, Family Crafts and Giant Snow Globes are a few of the seasonal attractions.

For more information visit the Lincoln Park ZooLights website.

Winter Wonder Fest at Navy Pier
Live entertainment, music, rides, games and ice skating are sure to entertain the whole family this holiday season. Winter Wonder Fest at Navy Pier also hosts a fabulous New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Family Fireworks display. Experience the fun of Winter Wonder Fest during these hours.

December 7, 2007 - January 6, 2008

Sunday-Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM
Friday & Saturday 10 AM to 10 PM
Christmas Eve: 10 AM to 5 PM
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year's Eve: 10 AM to 6:30 PM

New Year's Eve Fireworks at 7 PM & Midnight,
New Year's Day Family Fireworks at 7 PM

For more information visit the Winter Wonder Fest at Navy Pier website.

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Selling Your Home During the Holiday Season

by Allyson Hoffman

Are you trying to sell your home during the holiday season or will you take it off the market until after the New Year?

Some people will argue that leaving it on the market over the holidays is a perfect way to weed out the “looky-loos” from the more serious buyers. Others think that leaving your home on the market during the holiday’s make you appear desperate to sell.

Discuss the pros and cons of both arguments with your Realtor® to decide what would be best for you and your home. In the event that you both feel it is in your best interest to leave your home on the market over the holidays, below are a few tips to consider when it comes to holiday decorating.

As most of us like to decorate our homes with lights, Christmas trees, and holiday scents during the Christmas season, this doesn’t always work well with properly staging your home for potential buyers. Keep the following in mind:

  • Curb appeal is still important. Try not to “over decorate” your front yard. A few lights on the house should be sufficient. You want your front yard to be inviting, not clutter
  • Interior decorations should be kept to minimum. You don’t want to take away from the many features of the home, by covering them up with decorations.
  • If you are use to having a beautiful large Christmas tree in your front window, you might want to consider scaling down the size of the tree or possibly getting rid of it all together and use festive table centerpieces in stead. A tree can take away from the real focus of the room and make the room appear smaller.
  • Wrapped present should not be left out. Keep them stored away so as not to add any additional clutter to the room.
  • Instead of having holiday scented candles and incense throughout your home before a showing, why not create some natural holiday scents with fresh baking and a simmering apple cider. The baking and the cider can be left out with napkins and cups as a treat for potential buyers viewing your home.


If you would like more information regarding selling your home during the holidays, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Allyson Hoffman & Paul Wells
RE/MAX of Barrington
306 W. Northwest Highway
Barrington IL 60010
Allyson: 847-310-5300
Paul: 847-913-6100

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