12 Tips to Keep Your Home Warmer in Winter

Brrr. It’s getting colder outside. Here are 12 tips to make your home warmer without cranking up the heat:

1 – Ceiling Fans
Use your ceiling fan throughout winter by setting the fan in a clockwise motion. This will force warmer air down into the room.

2 – Doors 
Make sure the door frame and the space under the door is well sealed. Weather stripping can help provide an air barrier. Door draft stoppers are helpful to keep air out from the bottom.

3 – Rugs
Hardwood and tile can be chilly. Use rugs on bare floors to provide some warmth to your feet.

4 – Open the Curtains
Let the sun in by opening south-facing curtains and blinds on sunny days. Close the curtains at night to provide a barrier. Thick curtains with a thermal lining are best.

5 – Windows
Make sure windows are latched. If you do not have newer windows, you may want to consider adding window film on them to seal in the heat.

6 – Have a Fireplace?
Keep the damper closed when not in use. And if you are home to supervise, light a fire.

7 – Programmable Thermostat
Programming your home to be warmer when home and at a lower temperature when away will save you money.

8– Unused Rooms
Close off unused room to stop air from circulating into them.

9 – Insulation and Sealing
Heat escapes through the attic since warm air rises. A well-insulated and sealed home can use as much as 45% less energy for heating or cooling. (Need professional help with this activity? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services.)

10 – Cook
Cooking is a warm activity! The heated over will add warmth.

11 – Exercise
Vigorous exercise will warm you up and keep you warm!

12 – Still Cold?
Put on some thick socks and drink hot chocolate!

Why You Should Sell Your Home in December

Selling home during the holidaysWhile many people understandably shy away from the housing market at this time of year, December may be a great time for you to sell your home. Here is why:

Low Supply of Homes
With today’s real estate market and so many buyers wanting to purchase homes (as compared with historical norms), and a relatively small number of homes for sale, you could find selling your home in December to be the perfect time to sell.

Serious Home Buyers
People are usually busy this time of year, so if they take the time to see your home, they are probably considering purchasing it. With less competition of homes on the market this time of year, your home could catch the eye of that serious home buyer.

Relocating Buyers
January is the popular month for people relocating to a new area to begin their jobs and they typically need to purchase a home in December. They will have a short time to find their next home – and it could be yours that they want to buy.

Move After the Holidays
If you sell in December, you will probably not have to move until after the holidays in late winter or early spring.

Helpful Hint about Holiday Decor
If you decorate for the holidays, hold back on pulling everything out from the attic or basement. Remember, people want to see your home – not your holiday decor.

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December 2019 Events, Festivals and Fun Things to Do in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

December events 2019It’s the holidays and there are so many fun, local things to do. Enjoy a festival, tree-lighting ceremony or holiday parade. We have listed over 200 events in December throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana.

Events are in order by date. Many events are happening into the month. Scroll down to see events that start in December.

Events occurring into December:

Crafty Supermarket Holiday Craft Show
Through December 1, 2019
Music Hall at 1241 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
100+ vendors will be selling their goods

Narnia
Through December 1, 2019
Victoria Theatre at 138 N. Main Street, Dayton, Ohio
Musical dramatization of the classic book

Icebergs
Through December 15, 2019 (various dates)
Dayton Theatre Guild at 430 Wayne Ave., Dayton, Ohio
Play about L.A. and waiting for a big break

Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Interesting Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic
Through December 21, 2019
Know Theatre of Cincinnati at 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Three friends study magic at school

Christmas at Fulton Farms
Through December 22, 2019
2393 State Route 202, Troy, Ohio
Christmas tree patch – pick your perfect tree! Horse-drawn carriage rides on certain dates. Live Nativity December 18–22, 2019

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa
Through December 22, 2019
Newport Aquarium at 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, Kentucky
Santa will diving in to greet you!

Winter Market
Through December 22, 2019 (various dates)
Fountain Square at Fifth and Vine Streets, Cincinnati, Ohio
Regional artisans will be selling their wares

The Christmas Ranch
Through December 23, 2019
Morrow, Ohio
One million holiday lights that are synced to music.

Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s
Through December 23, 2019
Cabela’s at 7250 Cabela Drive, West Chester, Ohio
Free photos with Santa, holiday characters, crafts and more!

A Christmas Carol
Through December 29, 2019
926 Mount Adams Circle at Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati, Ohio
Bah! Humbug!

Holiday Lights at Lost Creek Reserve
Through  December 29, 2019
Lost Creek Reserve at 2645 E. St. Rt. 41 in Troy, Ohio
Drive-through light tour!

North Pole Express
Through December 29, 2019 (various days)
Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad at 127 S. Mechanic Street, Lebanon, Ohio
Santa will visit the kids on the train ride.

A Carillon Christmas
Through December 30, 2019
Carillon Park at 1000 Carillon Boulevard, Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy the Carillon Tree of Light, candy cane slopes, train rides and more!

Festival of Trees & Host of Angels
Through December 31, 2019
Lanthier Winery ay 123 Mill Street, Madison, Indiana
Midwest’s largest collection f holiday angels

Holiday in Lights
Through December 31, 2019 
Sharon Woods at 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, Ohio
Outdoor light display with music!

Light Up Middletown
Through December 31, 2019
500 Tytus Avenue at Smith Park in Middletown, Ohio
Drive-through light display!

Whispering Christmas
Through December 31, 2019 
Fort St. Clair Park at 135 Camden Road, Eaton, Ohio
Drive-thru lights display with 2 million lights

Winterfest
Through December 31, 2019 (Select nights)
Kings Island in Mason, Ohio
Nine winter wonderlands featuring holiday lights, ice skating, rides and seasonal costumed characters

A Zinzinnati Holiday at Krohn Conservatory
Through December 31, 2019
Krohn Conservatory at 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio
The greenhouse will be decorated for the holiday! See building replicas of Cincinnati landmarks.

Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction
Through January 1, 2020
7379 Squire Court in West Chester, Ohio
Enjoy holiday trains! Entrance fee.

Antique Christmas
Through January 4, 2020 (various dates)
Taft Museum of Art at 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
View vintage Christmas treasures

Holiday Traditions at Behringer-Crawford Museum
Through January 4, 2020
1500 Montague Road, Covington, Kentucky
Holiday toy trains to watch!

Light Up the Fair
Through January 4, 2020
Boone County Fairgrounds at 5819 Idlewild Road in Burlington, Kentucky
Mile-long drive of twinkling lights that sync up to music

PNC Festival of Lights
Through January 4, 2020
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden at 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Come and see the magical lights!

Borealis (formerly Holiday Lights on the Hill)
Through January 5, 2020
1763 Ohio 128 (Hamilton-Cleves Road) at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, Ohio
Two-mile round trip drive-through light display

Christmas Night of Lights
Through  January 5, 2020 
Coney Island at 6201 Kellogg Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
Two-mile car ride through Cincinnati displays and light shows

Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains
Through January 5, 2020
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal at 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
9,000sf of trains with displays of Cincinnati from the 1900s – 1930s

Lawrenceburg Winter Wonderland Ice Skating
Through January 5, 2020
Todd Creech Park at 305 W. Tate Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Have fun ice skating!

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission
Through February 7, 2020
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal at 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
See artifacts from visits to the Moon!

Riverscape Ice Skating
Through March 1, 2020
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Outdoor ice rank at Riverscape MetroPark

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December events:

Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols
December 1, 2019
St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica at 1101 Madison Avenue, Covington, Kentucky
Advent carols will be sung a la King’s College in England

Aullwood Winter Luminary Walk 
December 1, 2019
Aullwood Garden MetroPark at 955 Aullwood Road, Engelwood, Ohio
Enjoy the evening walk and then have some refreshments

Centerville Tree Lighting
December 1, 2019
Benham’s Grove at 166 North Main Street, Centerville, Ohio
The Centerville Community Band will have a performance along with the Cline Cougar Chorus

Christmas in the Park – Luminary Night
December 1, 2019
Trolley Park at 1101 Amsterdam Road, Park Hills, Kentucky
Luminary kits available for Park Hills residents. Enjoy the lights, carols and Santa

Christmas on the Farm
December 1, 2019
Carriage Hill Farm & MetroPark AT 7800 E. Shull Road, Huber Heights, Ohio
A Victorian Christmas to enjoy

Dayton Turkey Trot
December 1, 2019
Welcome Stadium at 1601 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Dayton, Ohio
Run like a turkey!

Fairfield Parade of Lights
December 1, 2019
Village Green Park at 301 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, Ohio
Winter market, live music, luminous parade and Santa

German Village Christmas Walk
December 1, 2019
German Village at North 2nd Street, Hamilton, Ohio
Horse-drawn carriage rides, large toy soldiers on display, strolling musicians and more!

Holiday Season Kick Off – Taft Museum
December 1, 2019
Taft Museum of Art at 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Make an ornament and enjoy holiday stories

Holiday Shopping Event
December 1, 2019
Woodlawn Recreation Center at 10050 Woodlawn Blvd., Cincinnati, Ohio
Crafters, specialty stores and more!

Holiday Walk
December 1, 2019
Inverness Park in Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Tree lighting at 5:30pm; walk from 5:30pm-8pm

Inflatable Wonderland
December 1–31, 2019
Private home at 2026 N. Old Michigan Road, Osgood, Indiana
Drive through the arches to see 300+ inflatables

Light Up Dayton, Kentucky
December 1, 2019
Old YMCA at 625 2nd Avenue, Dayton, Kentucky
Start the holiday season!

Light Up Fairfield
December 1, 2019
Community Arts Center and Village Green, Fairfield, Ohio
Visit with Santa, live performances, festival of trees, activities for the kids and winter farmers’ market

Ludlow Flea & Craft Fair
December 1, 2019
322 Elm Street, Ludlow, Kentucky
Find a gift or treasure!

Merry & Bright Light Contest 
December 1, 2019
Symmes Township neighborhoods, Symmes Township (Cincinnati), Ohio
Look at all of the lights

Merry Middletown Elf Fest
December 1, 2019
Downtown Middletown, Ohio
Wear your elf hats and be prepared to get jolly! Help decorate the tree, listen to carolers, have your photo taken with Santa and more

The Midtown Men: Holiday Hits Tours
December 1, 2019
The Schuster Center at 1 W. 2nd Street, Dayton, Ohio
Holiday hits will be sung

Miracle on Main Street in Aurora
December 1–22, 2019 (weekends)
Aurora, Indiana
Dickens Village atmosphere: carolers, concerts and more

Moores Hill Carnegie Hall Winter Luminaria
December 1, 2019
14687 Main Street, Moores Hill, Indiana
Light the Christmas tree in the park; visit Santa; crafts, caroling and more

The Sound of Music with the Cincinnati Youth Choir
December 1, 2019
First Unitarian Church at 536 Linton Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
A concert that includes the Phil DeGreg Trio Jazz group

Tree Lighting – Edgewood, Kentucky
December 1, 2019 
City Building, Edgewood, Kentucky
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there – refreshments, too!

Christmas Tree Lighting – Florence, Kentucky
December 3, 2019
Florence Community Plaza, Florence, Kentucky
Start the holiday season with all of the lights!

Hello, Dolly! 
December 3–15, 2019
Aronoff Center for the Arts at 650 Walnut, Cincinnati, Ohio
Four-time Tony award-winning show!

The Frog Princess
December 4, 2019 – January 4, 2020
Ensemble Theatre at 1127 Vine St, Cincinnati, Ohio
A bride-to-be is actually a frog!

Santa Holiday in the Park
December 4–7, 2019
James Ranch Park at 177 Fairground Road, Xenia, Ohio
Santa, food vendors, crafts and 1000s of lights!

Miracle on 34th Street – The Musical
December 5– 29, 2019
Covedale Center for the Performing Arts at 4990 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
A holiday classic!

2nd Street Market
December 5–7, 12–14, 19–21 and 26–29, 2019
600 E. 2nd Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402
Local growers, bakers and artisans at this European-style market

Batesville 10th Annual Tree Light Celebration
December 6, 2019 
S. Main Street and W. George Street, Batesville, Indiana
Shop Santa’s Village, take a carriage ride and enjoy live choirs. St. Nick will make an appearance.

Boar’s Head Festival
December 6–7, 2019
Sisters of St. Francis Chapel, Oldenburg, Indiana
Christmas pageant with music and tradition

A Celtic Tenor Christmas
December 6–7, 2019
The Schuster Center at 1 W. 2nd Street, Dayton, Ohio
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing!

Ceremony of Carols
December 6, 2019
Kumler Chapel at 650 Western College Drive, Oxford, Ohio
Enjoy the music!

Christkindlmarkt
December 6–8, 2019 
Hamilton Courtyard Marriott at One Riverfront Plaza, Hamilton, Ohio
Enjoy German food, beer and Christmas items.

Christmas in the Village of Waynesville
December 6–8, 2019
Downtown Waynesville, Ohio
Enjoy the lights, carriage rides, entertainment and visit from St. Nic

Christmas Saengerfest
December 6–7, 2019
Over-the-Rhine
Award-winning choirs will be singing plus enjoy food and drink from various Over-the-Rhine establishments

Conductor Cody’s Christmas Express!
December 6, 2019
Haines House of Cards at 2514 Leslie Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Magician Cody Clark will perform his holiday show

Fairborn Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting
December 6, 2019
Main Street in downtown Fairborn, Ohio
Santa, tree lighting and more

First Friday – Second Look Saturday at Pendleton Art Center
December 6–7, 2019
Pendleton Art Center at 1105 Central Avenue, Middletown, Ohio
Meet artists and enjoy food, music and more!

Hamilton Christkindlmarkt
December 6–8, 2019
Courtyard Marriott at 1 Riverfront Plaza, Hamilton, Ohio
Authentic German Christmas marketing in the historic German Village district

Happy Hollandaise!
December 6–15, 2019 (various dates)
St. Paul Lutheran Church at 106 Maple Street, Reading, Ohio
Meal and show!

Homemade Holiday 
December 6–7, 2019
Yellow Cab Tavern at 700 E. 4th Street, Dayton, Ohio
Artisan vendors will be selling their goods

How Hans, Christian & Anderson Melted the Snow Queen
December 6–15, 2019 (various dates)
Beavercreek Community Theatre at 3868 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek, Ohio
A fractured fairy tale!

Junior Claus
December 6–22, 2019
Town Hall Theatre at 27 N. Main Street, Centerville, Ohio
Junior Claus is a rebellion!

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting
December 6, 2019
Lincoln Park Civic Commons at 675 Lincoln Park Blvd, Kettering, Ohio
Enjoy seeing the tree light up! Hot chocolate and carols will be sung

Quilt: A Musical Celebration
December 6–8, 2019
Baum Opera House at 15 S. First Street, Miamisburg, Ohio
Musical theater production about the AIDs quilt

Redsfest
December 6–7, 2019 
Duke Energy Convention Center at 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Meet current and former Reds’ players, purchase memorabilia and lot of games

Schumann’s Paradise
December 6–7, 2019
Music Hall at 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the music of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Twilight Christmas Parade
December 6, 2019
Downtown Maysville, Kentucky
Floats will be decorated for the holidays!

Unsilent Night
December 6, 2019
Washington Park at 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Drink hot chocolate while enjoying the warmth of a fire pit. Caroling via your phone, too!

Waynesville Christmas in the Village
December 6–8, 2019
Downtown Waynesville, Ohio
Get into the holiday spirit!

Yuletide Celebration at Snyder Park
December 6, 2019
Snyder Park, Springfield, Ohio
Light displays, candy cane hunt, horse-drawn sleigh rides, visit Sant and more!

Annual Tree Lighting in Silverton
December 7, 2019
Silverton Park at 7054 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Get into the holiday spirit!

Breakfast with Santa
December 7, 2019
The Grove Event Center at 9158 Winton Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy pancakes and more with Santa

Brunch with Santa
December 7, 2019
Polen Farm at 5099 Bigger Road, Kettering, Ohio
Enjoy a special breakfast and craft!

A Charlie Brown Christmas
December 7–15, 2019
Taft Theatre at 317 E. Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
A live presentation of the classic cartoon!

Christmas Festival
December 7, 2019
Municipal Park, Cold Spring, Kentucky
Lots of fun!

Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting – Harrison, Ohio
December 7, 2019
Downtown Harrison, Ohio
Parade starts at the Harrison Community Center at 5pm; tree lighting; photos with Santa; ice-skating rink and more!

Christmas Tour of Homes
December 7, 2019
Various historic homes, Waynesville, Ohio
The homes will be decorated!

Cold Spring Christmas Festival
December 7, 2019
Municipal Park, Cold Spring, Kentucky

Covington Winter Night Bazaar
December 7, 2019
Renaissance Covington at 2 W Pike Street, Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy holiday shopping

Dashin’ Through the Bars
December 7, 2019
Various locations: Over-the-Rhine and The Banks, Cincinnati, Ohio
Dress for the holidays and enjoy this pub crawl

Dayton Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
December 7, 2019
Bellbrook Middle School at 3600 Feedwire Road, Bellbrook, Ohio
Enjoy running and jingling in your costume!

Fairfield Parade of Lights
December 7, 2019
Community Arts Center and Village Green Park, Fairfield, Ohio
Visit Santa, enjoy live performances, festival of the trees and activities for the kids

Holiday in the City
December 7, 2019
Fourth Avenue and High Street, Springfield, Ohio
Santa Land at the Heritage Center, rides, food trucks, Santa, grand illumination and fireworks!

Holiday Market
December 7–8, 2019
Findlay Market at 1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Artisan and craft vendors will have their goods available for sale; local choirs will be singing and Santa will visit

Independence Christmas Walk
December 7, 2019
Downtown Independence, Kentucky
See attractions in Municipal Square and the downtown Courthouse Square area. from 6–9pm.

Lawrenceburg Winter Wonderland Pet Parade
December 7, 2019
Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Doggone fun!

Lebanon Carriage Parade and Christmas Festival
December 7, 2019
212 N. Broadway Street, Lebanon, Ohio
Enjoy the parade with the horses! Downtown Lebanon will be dressed up for the festivities!

Liberty Township’s Breakfast with Santa
December 7, 2019
Liberty Heights Church at 7904 Princeton Pike, Liberty Township, Ohio
Arts and crafts, visit with Santa and more!

Lollipops: The Snowman
December 7, 2019
Music Hall at 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
The snowman story comes to life! Watch the film as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra plays the music

Macy’s Downtown Dazzle
December 7, 14 and 21, 2019
Downtown Cincinnati
See Santa rappel down Huntington Bank Center, fire works and free rides on the Cincinnati Bell Connector.

5th Annual Mistletoe Magic Holiday Marketplace
December 7–8, 2019
Montgomery County Fairgrounds at 645 Infirmary Road, Dayton, Ohio
Find a treasure for holiday gift giving with 100+ vendors

Messiah
December 7–8, 2019
Christ Church Cathedral at 318 East Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
A Christmas musical tradition

Miamisburg Community Holiday Event & Parade
December 7, 2019
Downtown Miamisburg. Enjoy a parade with over 60 floats, visit Santa and take a carriage ride through downtown Miamisburg

Miracle on Main Street’s Breakfast with Santa
December 7, 14 and 2, 2019 
Main Street, Aurora, Indiana
Reservations required!

Mistletoe Magic Holiday Marketplace
December 7–8, 2019
Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Dayton, Ohio
Go holiday shopping!

Moores Hill Carnegie Hall Winter Luminaria Walk
December 7, 2019
14678 Main Street, Moores Hill, Indiana
Venues throughout American Legion Park, lighting of the town tree, Santa, carolers and more

Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes
December 7, 2019
Historic downtown Madison, Indiana
Tour public sites and private historic homes

Oakwood Historical Society Holiday Home Tour
December 7, 2019
Oakwood, Ohio
Visit some beautiful Oakwood homes dressed for the holiday@

Olde West Chester Christmas Walk Parade and Community Tree Lighting
December 7, 2019
9113 Cincinnati-Dayton Road at West Chester Township Hall in West Chester, Ohio
Enjoy the parade, community tree lighting ceremony.

Oxford Holiday Festival
December 7, 2019
10 S. College Avenue, Oxford, Ohio
Visit Santa, take a carriage ride and more!

Our Hometown Christmas in Dillboro
December 7, 2019
Dillsboro, Indiana
Lighting of the town’s old-fashioned lights, Santa, caroling and more!

A Rosewood Holiday Arts Festival 
December 7, 2019
Rosewood Arts Center at 2655 Olson Drive, Kettering, Ohio
Handmade items available for purchase. Instructor demonstrations.

Santa Paws
December 7, 2019
Kettering Recreation Complex at 2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering, Ohio
Holiday photos with your pooch!

Santa’s Workshop
December 7, 14 and 21, 2019
Washington Park at 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Visit Sant and make gifts and ornaments

Tippecanoe Christmas in the Village
December 7, 2019
Historic downtown Tipp City, Ohio
Tour homes decorated for the holidays, entertainment along the streets

Trolls Live!
December 7–8, 2019
US Bank Arena at 100 Broadway, Cincinnati, Ohio
Music, glitter and more!

Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl
December 7, 2019
Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Wear “that” sweater while pub crawling!

A Very Merry Madison Christmas Parade
December 7, 2019
Main Street in Madison, Indiana
Floats, Cincinnati Circus, bands and more!

Weihnachtskonzert
December 7, 2019
Dayton Liederkranz Turner at 1400 E. Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy your holiday favorite songs in German and English

Alternative Christmas Market
December 8, 2019
Covenant Presbyterian Church at 201 N. Limestone Street, Springfield, Ohio
Shop local and global organizations to benefit many

Family Holiday Bash
December 8, 2019
Matthew 25: Ministries at 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Family holiday party

Hillforest Holiday Open House
December 8, 2019
Hillforest Mansion at 213 Fifth Street, Aurora, Indiana
Holiday exhibit and open house refreshments

Light Up Cold Spring
December 8, 2019
Cold Spring, Kentucky
Judged by City Council

Sing A Song of Christmas
December 8, 2019
Warsaw Federal Incline Theater at 801 Matson Place, Cincinnati, Ohio
Nancy James will be singing!

Vandalia Christmas Tree Lighting
December 8, 2019
Vandalia Rec Center at 1111 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia, Ohio
Santa will be there! Enjoy the tree lighting along with cookies and cocoa.

Home for the Holidays – Concert at the Center
December 9 and 15, 2019
City of Florence Government Center at 8100  Ewing Blvd., Florence, Kentucky
Enjoy the holiday music!

An Old Kentucky Christmas
December 12–15, 2019
First Church of Christ at 6080 Camp Ernst Rd., Burlington, Kentucky
Step back into time…

Every Christmas Story Ever Told
December 13–29, 2019
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at 1195 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Irreverent and fun!

Holiday Pops
December 13–15, 2019
Music Hall at 1241 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy your holiday favorites with singers and dancers performing with the Cincinnati Pops

Home Free – Christmas Tour at Hobart Arena
December 13, 2019
255 Adams Street, Troy,, Ohio
Country Christmas concert

The Nutcracker by the Dayton Ballet
December 13–23, 2019 (various dates)
The Schuster Center at 1 W. 2nd Street, Dayton, Ohio
A holiday tradition to enjoy with the Sugarplum Fairy and more!

Spamilton – An American Parody
December 13, 2019
Studio Theatre, Clark State Performing Arts Center at 300 South Fountain Avenue, Springfield, Ohio
A very funny parody

St. Anne’s Hill Historic District Dickens of a Christmas Holiday Home Tour
December 13–15, 2019
St. Anne’s Hill Historic District, Dayton, Ohio
See unique homes including the  Bossler Mansion

Tickets the Radio Play
December 13–14, 2019
Matthew Ministries 25:  at 11060 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, Ohio
Old-time recording studio re-enactment

Wonderland in the Park
December 13–14, 2019
Bicentennial Park at 106 West Vaughn Drive, Madison, Indiana
Walk through a winter wonderland

Arcanum Christmas in the Village Horse Parade
December 14, 2019
Arcanum, Ohio
Enjoy all of the festivities including the parade

The Baby Krampus
December 14, 2019
Tend & Flourish at 1906 Brown Street, Dayton, Ohio
A dark holiday event with 12 unique vendors

Christkindlmarkt at Dayton Liederkranz Turner
December 14–15, 2019
Dayton Liedekranz Turner at 1400 E. Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio
Experience Christmas German style with ornaments for sale, German cuisine, and German beer and wine

Christmas in Loveland
December 14, 2019
West Loveland Avenue in downtown Loveland, Ohio
Live Nativity scene, Santa and more!

Christmas in Mt. Healthy
December 14, 2019
Mt. Healthy Business District at 7612 Hamilton Ave., Mt. Healthy, Ohio
Shopping, crafts, music, food and more!

Christmas in the Village
December 14, 2019
Mechanicsburg, Ohio
Enjoy the holiday season!

Cincinnati SantaCon
December 14, 2019
Jack Cincinnati Casino at 1000 Broadway Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Santas spread their cheer throughout downtown

The City Flea
December 14, 2019
Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
See what treasures you can find from 100+ vendors! Food trucks, too

Holiday Hijinks! Presented by Sir PatTrick
December 14–15, 2019
Madcap Puppets at 3316 Glenmore Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Magic holiday style!

Jingle Bell Run
December 14, 2019
Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington, Kentucky
Dress in your holiday gear as your walk/jog/run!

Light Up Wyoming
December 14, 2019
Wyoming, Ohio (Cincinnati)
Enjoy viewing the luminaries throughout the City of Wyoming!

Live Nativity Walk-Through 
December 14, 2019
Brookville Full Gospel Church of God at 235 S. Wolf Creek St., Brookville, Ohio
See the nativity and enjoy hot chocolate

Market BLEU
December 14, 2019
Contemporary Arts Center at 44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Artisans will be selling their products

A Million Dollar Christmas
December 14, 2019
Clark State Performing Arts Center at 300 S Fountain Ave, Springfield, Ohio
Enjoy the music of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash.

Nick Jr. Live Move to the Music
December 14–15, 2019
Victoria Theatre at 138 North Main Street, Dayton, Ohio
Sing, dance and move to the music!

Pancakes with Santa
December 14, 2019
Fairfield Community Arts Center at 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, Ohio
Each child will receive a special gift from Santa

Reindog Parade
December 14, 2019
Mt. Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
An annual event! See pooches dressed up for the season!

A Rosewood Holiday Arts Festival
December 14, 2019
Rosewood Arts Center at 2655 Olson Drive, Kettering, Ohio
Enjoy holiday shopping and live performances

Santa Visits the Market
December 14–15, 2019
2nd Street Market at 600 E. 2nd Street, Dayton, Ohio
Visit with Santa and take a pic!

Sippin’ with Santa
December 14, 2019
Great Crescent Brewery at 315 Importing Street, Aurora, Indiana
Photos with Santa, Ugly Sweater Contest and more!

South Dayton Dance Theatre presents The Nutcracker
December 14–15, 2019
Dayton Convention Center at 22 East Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio
Classic ballet performance

11th Annual White Christmas Parade 
December 14, 2019
Augusta, Kentucky
Remembering Rosemary Clooney with a parade, music and lights

The Dayton Ballet Barre’s Annual Sugarplum Tea
December 15, 2019
Dayton Woman’s Club at 225 N. Ludlow Street, Dayton, Ohio
Children’s holiday tea party

Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker
December 19–29, 2019
Music Hall at 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
The Cincinnati Ballet will be presenting this holiday classic!

Awaited: A Christmas Show
December 20–23, 2019
Aronoff Center for the Arts at 650 Walnut, Cincinnati, Ohio
Retelling of the Christmas story

A Christmas Evening with Over the Rhine
December 20–22, 2019
Memorial Hall at 1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Three-part harmonies with a mixture of Christmas and old favorites

Dessert Beer Fest
December 20, 2019
The Barrel House at 417 E 3rd St, Dayton, Ohio 45402
Sweet beers to enjoy!

Mrs. Claus Saves the Day
December 21–22, 2019
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati at 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Mrs. Claus saves Santa!

Nutter Center Sports Card Show
December 21, 2019
Wright State University Nutter Center at 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, Ohio
Buy, sell and trade!

Christmas in the Park – Luminary Night
December 22, 2019
Trolley Park in Park Hills, Kentucky
Lighted roads add to the holiday spirit!

Hollywood Series at the Air Force Museum Theatre
December 22, 2019
Air Force Museum Theatre at 1100 Spaatz Street, Dayton, Ohio
Your favorite films on the region’s largest screen!

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
December 26, 2019
Aronoff Center for the Arts at 650 Walnut, Cincinnati, Ohio
Holiday magic with music

Holiday Glow Walk
December 27, 2019
Kehl Park at 1730 Sonoma Ct, Sugarcreek Township, Ohio
See the lights and play some glowing games!

The Harlem Globetrotters
December 28, 2019
US Bank Arena at 100 Broadway, Cincinnati, Ohio
Basketball wizardry!

Dancing on Main
December 31, 2019
228 Second Street, Aurora, Indiana
New Year’s Eve theme!

Happy Zoo Year
December 31, 2019
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden at 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Countdown the year and enjoy fireworks!

New Year’s Eve at Music Hall: Frank and Ella
December 31, 2019
Music Hall at 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
The Cincinnati Pops will be performing!

October 2019 – Home Sales Report for Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

October Home SalesTake a look at our regional home sales report for October. Average home price increased for all areas and in Cincinnati, an October home sales record was reached! Mortgage interest rates remain low. With home values still on the rise and a low inventory of homes for sale, it is a great time to sell your home.

Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout October 2019:

Cincinnati / Southeastern Indiana

October 2019 home sales set a record for the highest number of sales in over 10 years for that month.

October 2019 vs October 2018

  • 7.59% Increase in homes sold (2,241 homes vs 2,083 homes)
  • 3.22% Increase in average sale price ($220,848 vs $213,967)
  • 4.77% Increase in median sale price ($178,000 vs $169,900)
  • 11.05% Increase in gross sales volume ($494,920,593 vs $445,693,300)

January–October 2019 vs January–October 2018

  • -.22% Decrease in homes sold (21,953 homes vs 22,001 homes)
  • 5.10% Increase in average sale price ($225,812 vs $214,855)
  • 5.75% Increase in median sale price ($184,000 vs $174,000)
  • 4.87% Increase in gross sales volume ($4,957,250,578 vs $4,727,031,368)

Statistics courtesy of Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors October 2019 Home Sales Report

Dayton

In September, the Dayton area saw gains in the number of homes sold along with average and median sale prices.

October 2019 vs October 2018

  • 4.79% Increase in homes sold (1,445 homes vs 1,379 homes)
  • 7.90% Increase in average sale price ($178,412 vs $165,344)
  • 5.26% Increase in median sale price ($150,000 vs $142,500)
  • 13.07% Increase in sales volume ($257,805,736 vs $118,009,113)

January–October 2019 vs January–October 2018

  • 1.05% Increase in homes sold (14,048 homes vs 13,902 homes)
  • 6.83% Increase in average sale price ($177,081 vs $165,766)
  • 7.26% Increase in median sale price ($152,900 vs $142,550)
  • 7.95% Increase in sales volume ($2,487,636,851 vs $2,304,484,496)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors October 2019 Home Sales Report

Northern Kentucky

Average home price increased by over 11 percent in October.

October 2019 vs October 2018

  • -2.09% Decrease in homes sold (610 homes vs 623 homes)
  • 11.16% Increase in average sale price ($214,501 vs $192,962)
  • 11.45% Increase in median sale price ($185,000 vs $166,000)
  • 8.84% Increase in sales volume ($130,846,191 vs $120,215,391)

January–October 2019 vs January–October 2018

  • -2.97% Decrease in homes sold (6,080 homes vs 6,266 homes)
  • 6.60% Increase in average sale price ($206,788 vs $193,977)
  • 6.27% Increase in median sale price ($178,000 vs $167,500)
  • 3.44% Increase in sales volume ($1,257,271,873 vs $1,215,462,873)

Statistics courtesy of Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors October 2019 Home Sales Report

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Sibcy Cline Insurance Services Partners with The Cincinnati Insurance Companies

Cincinnati Insurance Companies

Sibcy Cline Insurance Services has partnered with The Cincinnati Insurance Companies (CIC) and now offers personal lines (homeowners, auto, umbrella) insurance on behalf of CIC.

Cincinnati Insurance is one of the 25 largest property and casualty carriers in the United States and is rated “A+ Superior” by AM Best, placing them in the top 12% of insurers with regard to financial stability.

Locally, Cincinnati Insurance is a premier insurance company with a very loyal customer base in the Cincinnati market area. The partnership places Sibcy Cline Insurance in a optimal position to offer more superior insurance products at competitive pricing for customers.

Says, Ben O’Brien, Vice President of Sibcy Cline Insurance, “We are thrilled to be working with Cincinnati Insurance. They are selective about their partnerships and feel honored to be part of their insurance team.”

Sibcy Cline Insurance Services was established in 2000 to provide insurance coverage for homeowner/renter, auto, business and life needs. They were ranked #15 of the largest property/casualty insurance agencies by the Business Courier for 2019. In the past three years their business has increased by over 30 percent.

How to Have a Happy Holiday Season When Hosting a Party at Your Home

Holiday PartyWhile people love to see their friends and family during the holiday season, stress is an all-too-common part of the festivities. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to reduce such stress – especially for those hosting holiday get togethers at their homes.

Perhaps the best place to start with preparing for the holiday season is with something that can happen right now, a few weeks in advance. Planning as far in advance as possible can go a long way toward helping to stay on track. For instance, setting a budget for holiday gift shopping will really reduce financial stress, and simultaneously help people feel as though they have a good handle on meeting goals they know about in advance.

How To Handle Spending
Make a definitive list before purchasing party items is always a good move. By doing so, you can help to get a better idea of what things costs and lists can then be pared down from “must-haves” to “nice-to-haves”.

Nailing It Down
In addition to putting together a prep list for what needs to be purchased, hosts are encouraged to create a visual idea and fully plan out what a party is going to look like. Whether it’s friends, family or business associates coming by, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get a feel for what the gathering will require in terms of food, drink, gift bags, decorations or other necessary items.

That kind of simple preparation also makes it simpler for people to have realistic expectations for what their parties are going to require. With that in mind, it becomes easier to set expectations for guests so they know what they’re asked to bring, and whether they need to eat a more substantial meal ahead of time.

What to Focus On
At this time of year, it’s also helpful to keep in mind that most guests aren’t going to be too upset if a batch of homemade cookies got a little burnt or every detail of a family tradition is followed to the letter. Don’t feel the pressure to impress everyone in every way.

After all, kids and adults alike don’t get excited to go look at the same local Christmas light displays or events every year – they get excited because they’re spending a special part of the year with people they care about.

The Finer Details
Finally, it’s smart for hosts to make sure they’re doing as much as possible in advance of an event so they have a little more time to relax before they actually have people show up at their homes. Cooking or putting out snacks and drinks at least a few hours before the scheduled start time can be a great way to tackle this, and the same is true of doing a deep clean of rooms where the party will be held. Getting as much done a day or two beforehand is a good idea.

Get in the Mood for Your Festivities
Listen to music while you get ready for your party or event. Whether it’s holiday classics or just an everyday favorite, music can put the mind at ease and can do wonders for one’s mood. It’s a good idea to keep those tunes going throughout the party as well, especially if it’s a playlist of everyone’s favorites for the holiday season.

Maybe the most important thing to remember of all this is hosts are supposed to have fun, too. After all, why have friends and family over to your home if it’s going to be a major source of stress? Take a little time throughout the course of the night to take a deep breath, have something to eat and drink, and just relax.

Brought to you by HMS Home Warranty. HMS is an industry leader with over 30 years of creating success for clients and providing peace of mind for customers. To learn more click www.hmsnational.com

Winterize Your Home Now So You Can Sell This Spring

Road in snowIt’s important  for homeowners to keep their homes in the best shape possible during the winter season and be prepared as potential listings for the spring. A little bit of work to winterize properties before colder weather really sets in can go a long way toward keeping a home in great shape.

Start Indoors
There are plenty of ways to winterize a home and the simplest usually start indoors. For instance, by simply checking and swapping out old furnace filters (which are available at a relatively low cost) homeowners can both improve the quality of the air in their homes and make those furnaces run far more efficiently.

Don’t forget to drain the water pipes that run water outdoors. Whether it’s a spigot that comes out of the side of the house or an underground sprinkler system, flushing them out at this time of year is vital. Otherwise, they can burst, leading to lots of water damage and costly repairs.

Where Inside Meets Outside
Homeowners may not be aware, but a primary cause of high heating bills is cracked seals around doors and windows. These can be small, but across an entire house can add up to be equal to the size of leaving a window open. Going through the home and inspecting the frames around windows and doors for cracks or fissures, then closing them up with weather stripping or a sealant, will make a home heating more efficient.

Make sure the roof is in good shape before the first snowfall or cold rain. If there are damaged shingles, replace them, and if gutters are clogged with fallen leaves or other debris, clean them out. In a lot of cases, a small issue on the roof can lead to big problems if left unaddressed.

Owners of older homes should evaluate their insulation situation. If it hasn’t been changed out in a decade or more, now might be the right time to do it. Often, homeowners might not even notice the difference over the years, but putting in new insulation could really help them save on their heating (and cooling) costs for years to come.

Out in the Yard
This time of year is the right one to go around your yard and see if there are any hazards, such as rotting trees or big, overhanging branches. Weighted down with snow, they could fall and do damage to your house or other parts of the property. Taking some time now (before the first big snowfall of the year) to trim them back or have them removed altogether can help avoid what would otherwise be some rather costly damage.

It’s also important to have plenty of products on hand to keep walkways clear – with de-icers and shovels and perhaps even a snowblower – so guests and family members can keep their footing even when conditions aren’t ideal.

When Selling a Home
Many homeowners who plan to sell within the next few months may not think of all these aspects of winterizing as being particularly vital, but if something were to go wrong with their plumbing, roof, siding or any other part of the home, that could really hurt their sales prospects.

Following all the above steps is a great idea, and it’s also important to add protection with a home warranty on top of any and all winterizing efforts. A home warranty can protect both buyers and sellers – even before the real sales process formally begins –because it will add financial protections in case a major home system or appliances suffer a mechanical failure. That, in turn, can provide all parties involved in the sale with peace of mind, even long after it has been finalized.

Need help with winterizing your home? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services who can recommend vetted service vendors to you!

Brought to you by HMS Home Warranty. HMS is an industry leader with over 30 years of creating success for clients and providing peace of mind for customers. To learn more click www.hmsnational.com.