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5 Favorite Holiday Activities in Kansas City

Christmas in Kansas City is truly a wonderful time of year. There is a chill in the air and the holiday spirit can be found throughout the entire metro area. With so much going on during the holiday season, it can be hard to find the time to go out and explore the city, but we suggest taking a few hours to enjoy one – if not all – of these special Kansas City traditions with the ones you love.

Our List of Can’t Miss Holiday Activities in Kansas City

Kansas City natives are well aware of these extraordinary places and events but, if you just moved to Kansas City or are planning to relocate here soon, this is a list of our favorite things to do during the holiday season!

1. Have Some Holiday Fun at Union Station

Union Station (pictured at the top of this post) is one of the most iconic places in the city, and if you haven’t been there during the holidays, you are missing out on some of the best holiday decorations in the city. If seeing the beautifully decorated trees, and professional displays aren’t enough to justify the drive downtown, they also have a variety of family-friendly holiday activities going on every day before Christmas. Click here to visit their website for more information on events and activities.

2. Christmas at Crown Center

Crown Center is a well-known holiday hotspot in Kansas City. They have a huge ice skating rink that is open every day, Santa’s Gingerbread Station, a favorite among KC kids, holiday choir performances, and you can even get some of your holiday shopping done at one of their many boutiques!

3. Have a Winter Walk on the Plaza

The Country Club Plaza has a lighting ceremony every year on Thanksgiving. There are few things more magical than taking a stroll through The Plaza and seeing the Christmas lights. This could be the perfect end to a romantic evening or a magical experience for your little ones.

4. See a Live Show

Kansas City has a thriving theater scene, and sometimes going to see a live show is exactly what you need to get into the holiday spirit. A favorite of ours is the Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker (showing Nov. 30-Dec. 23). The Coterie Theater in Crown Center has something a little more kid-friendly; their annual production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is showing through December 30th.Click here for a full list of live holiday shows around the city.

5. Visit Candy Cane Lane in Prairie Village

If you are in Johnson County and want some holiday fun that is close to home – or you want to look at holiday lights from the warmth of the car – we suggest paying Candy Cane Lane a visit. While driving through this quirky winter wonderland, you will see candy canes (of course), giant Christmas trees, show-stopping displays, and beautifully lit homes. Candy Cane Lane is located on Outlook Street and 79th Street in Prairie Village, KS. For more information on where to see Christmas lights in Kansas City, click here.At Cami Jones Collaborative, we do more than just sell you a home; we help you navigate your transition in Kansas City so you feel both welcome and comfortable.Our relocation specialists are here to help you! Let our team help you find the perfect home in this wonderful city. Give us a call today!  You can reach our team at 913.521.8806.  Want to come and see us? Our office is conveniently located at 5000 W. 135th St. Leawood, KS 66224.

Selling Your Home: How to Decorate for the Holidays

You might be struggling with holiday decorating this year if you are trying to sell your house. One question we get around this time of year is, “Will putting up holiday decorations in my home make it less desirable to buyers?” The answer is that decorating will not turn off buyers. It might even make your home more enticing during showings because buyers will see how beautiful everything looks decked out with holiday decor; though the key is to keep holiday decorations simple and elegant.

Decorating for the Holidays When Your Home is on the Market

To get you on the right track, we’ve put together a list of four things to keep in mind when decorating your home while it is on the market this holiday season.

1. Keep it Subtle

The goal is to be festive, without overwhelming potential buyers. You do not want to distract them from the structure and details that your home has to offer year round. Choose a subtle theme that still aligns with the season. When you decorate for the holidays, you want to create a look that is cozy, warm and inviting without overdoing it.Some popular decor items you should try to avoid while your home is on the market are huge, bright multi-colored lights and Santas or snowmen that make noise or dance when you walk by. Generally, anything loud, noisy, or attention-grabbing is a no-go.One way to keep things festive without being too drastic is to use snowflake themed decorations that subtly reflect the winter season. You can add subtle touches like holiday-scented candles, a wreath or a holiday-themed welcome-mat.These are all things that won’t take too much attention away from the home itself, or be off-putting.If you want to throw in some extra holiday spirit, switch out your blankets and throw pillows with ones that have a vintage holiday theme (right photo source:

2. Coordinate with Everyday Decor

As you prepare to decorate for the holidays, keep in mind that you’ll want to choose colors and pieces that won’t clash with the rest of the decor in your home.If your current living-room decor consists of statement patterns or bold colors, it will be a bit more difficult to coordinate with the typical red and green color palette. If you find yourself struggling to coordinate your holiday decor with your current decor, try going with neutral ribbons, ornaments, and lights in white, silver, or gold.

3. Keep it Simple

We all love those cute ornaments that the kids make, but we suggest keeping them out of the main rooms of your home while it is on the market. In our Home Staging Tips From the Pros post, we discussed the importance of removing anything from your space that makes buyers feel as if the house belongs to somebody else – this also pertains to holiday decor.You can still display those personal ornaments on a small tree in bedrooms or play areas; buyers pay less attention to these areas and will know that they are meant for children. Another option is to take down personal family ornaments/holiday decor when a showing is scheduled.

4. Consult Your Agent

Whether you’re simply unsure of how to decorate your home or just want a second opinion, your agent should be your go-to person for these questions. That’s what we are here for. We can use our expertise in staging to help you deck the halls, without scaring away potential buyers.Are you looking to buy a home in Kansas City or thinking of putting your home on the market?  Give us a call today!  You can reach our team at 913.521.8806.  You can also come visit our office at 5000 W. 135th St. Leawood, KS 66224. Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from Cami Jones Collaborative!

As December winds to a close, the holidays remind us of the year’s blessings, while we anxiously look forward to 2018.  On a professional note, 2017 saw record real estate sales for our former team.  December brought the formation of Kansas City’s Boutique Real Estate Experience; Cami Jones Collaborative.  As we look back over the year, we offer a few notes of thanks.

To our clients:

Thank you for trusting us to help you, whether you are buying, selling or both.  Your home purchase is likely the biggest of your life and we’re honored to be a small part of it.  You and your family deserve a remarkable concierge experience and that’s exactly what you will get. We are honored to provide a hands-on real estate experience while caring for each detail of your transaction from beginning to end.  We value the friendships we’ve made with each of you over the years and thank you for your repeat business and referrals.

To our team:

We are blessed with the hardest-working real estate team around.  Each person on the Cami Jones Collaborative team demonstrates on a daily basis how she will go the extra mile to make it all happen.  We support one another and cheer on each other’s successes- what a team!  Thanks to Christine Carlson, Rebecca Kyger, Missy Hutton, Stacy Vollmar and Mandy Doull for always going above and beyond to deliver KC’s best real estate experience.

To our family and friends:

Thank you for supporting us in what can be a crazy, hectic and fast-paced career that we all love!  We couldn’t do it without your love and support.  “I feel truly blessed to have found the perfect fit for my family in this community.  I take great pleasure in helping my clients achieve the same result,”  said Cami.

To our amazing city:

Kansas City is home to so many wonderful people, unique neighborhoods, awesome restaurants, terrific sports teams and so much more.  It’s so much fun introducing out-of-town transplants to KC- we know you’ll love it as much as we do!  You can see by our current team listings that we help clients buy and sell throughout the metro; if there’s an area you’re curious to learn more about, ask us!Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season filled with good health, family, friends and endless joy!  Happy New Year to you and all the best for a happy, healthy 2018 filled with family, friends and all good things.