Holiday Opportunities for Home Viewing Magic!

Holiday Home Tours in the Kansas City Area

Peeking Inside Beautifully Decorated KC Homes!

As  REALTORS Ⓡ, we view a number of homes each and every year. We get to see the interior of homes all day long while we are out with prospective buyers, or previewing properties for an investor. When viewing homes in this capacity, we have our REALTOR Ⓡ hats on, firmly perched, and while the hat itself is imaginary, our position as professional agents is not. 

During a viewing, we are focused on structure and soundness, whether a home is a good investment, or if a particular home can meet the needs of the people that we are showing it to. We look for dampness in the basement, aging systems, and shoddy roofs. We are on high alert, as we would never want to be a part of our clients making an ill-fated transaction. After all, purchasing a home is one of the largest investments someone will make in their lifetime. 

Sometimes when viewing homes, looks can be deceiving, and while a facade and the interior of a home are lovely, we never quite turn off our real estate agent's “spidey sense” or let our guard down. We focus on potential issues, so that our clients can focus on the home itself, and not the nitty gritty. It is because of this, that we hope people view us as their trusted real estate experts.

We would love to be your trusted real estate professional as well. Our team is filled with agents of distinction and experience, meet them here.  If you are thinking of buying or selling a home, let's meet for a no-obligation consultation.  We would love to show you the Ask Cathy Team Difference! 

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Viewing homes, however, is not all doom and gloom. It actually is quite fun. We see new design styles, historic architecture, and innovative features all day long. The Kansas City area is especially rich with a plethora of fantastic homes all in varied environments, from peaceful country settings, welcoming family neighborhoods, charm of a historic urban downtown. Surely, we all can probably appreciate some good design and a great location.

Viewing beautiful homes is a wonderful perk of being a real estate agent, and it is a pleasure to be able to appreciate these homes, not only from the outside but from the interior as well. For people who enjoy viewing homes, and who are not necessarily in the market to purchase one, they mostly need to be content in viewing beautiful homes from the exterior as they drive through a great neighborhood, on the internet, or in a magazine. Sadly, pictures rarely do it justice.

The exterior of a home is truly important.  In the real estate "world", a home’s facade can hold the key to the “first impression”. Sometimes a home is offputting or unkempt from the outside, or just not what the potential buyer is expecting, and can deter someone from going into the home - one badly timed driveby is all it takes to turn off a potential buyer in a heartbeat. The exterior of a home creates expectations, of what is behind closed doors.  For the viewer, you can often wonder what a home’s interior holds beyond the front door. 

View Through a Different Lens

During Christmastime and the winter holidays, this is especially true. The exterior facades of homes decorated with wreaths, decorations, and twinkling lights can be breathtaking with the evening winter sky as a backdrop. It is one of the things that makes this time of year so special. One often wonders, if the outside is so lovely, how have they done up the interior?  Is it just as special and magical? 

This season, wonder no more. Holiday home tours allow anyone to view homes through an entirely different lens, not as an agent focused on a sensible purchase, but solely as an appreciator of beautiful things. Holiday home tours can seem like magic. They allow spectators to step through the doorway into something unexpected, and utterly charming. They are the perfect opportunity to see beyond the facade and view something truly special inside.

Kansas City Area Opportunities

If this sounds like something that you would enjoy, below we have listed several opportunities to take a Holiday home tour.  These tours range from ones that have been a tradition for many years, to a brand new opportunity and some in between. They are sure to get you into the holiday spirit, and maybe inspire some decorating of your own!  We’ve included links so you can see about admission costs, hours, and all the details.

Also, if you are looking to make a change in your own home, and move to something a bit more “magical”, either now or in the future, please keep us in mind. We would value becoming your trusted REALTORS Ⓡ, who help you make a solid investment. Please connect with The Ask Cathy Team at your earliest convenience to discuss the possibilities!  

Kansas City Area Holiday Home Tours

Kansas City 

Alexander Majors House and Barn 

  • 8201 State Line Rd, Kansas City
  • Saturday, December 9 · 9 am - 12 pm CST

"Join us for a very merry Christmas at the Alexander Majors House and Barn! A Very Merry Christmas will be packed with holiday activities perfect for all ages. Come learn about how nineteenth-century Kansas Citians would have celebrated the holiday. Crafts and games will fill the barn. The Major House will host museum tours and holiday readings with a costumed interpreter. Santa will be available for photos from 10 a.m. to noon. Mo' Crepes 'N Cakes will provide a mini pancake and crepe bar."

  • Tickets are $10 per person.* Last entry at 11:30 a.m.


14th Annual Pendleton Heights Holiday Homes Tour

  • Saturday, December 9, 2023
  • 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • 2200 Lexington Ave, Kansas City, MO 64124

“For one day only guests are being given the chance to walk through some of the most inspiring private homes in Kansas City’s Pendleton Heights neighborhood. This self-guided tour features seven distinct residences. Learn about local history & architecture, while enjoying the unique festive décor at each home.”

72nd Annual Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Homes Tour

  • Tuesday, December 5th | Cocktails & Candlelight | 5pm-9pm
  • Wednesday, December 6th | Tour 12pm-8pm | Boutique 11am-8pm
  • Thursday, December 7th | Tour 10am-6pm | Boutique 10am-3pm

The Kappa Homes Tour has been a holiday tradition for more than 70 years! Started in 1951, the Tour has raised more than $2 million for local charitable organizations and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation.

Homes Featured in Tour:

  • 6638 WENONGA TERRACE, MISSION HILLS, KS
  • 5200 SUNSET DRIVE, KANSAS CITY, MO
  • 1055 W 54 TERR, KANSAS CITY, MO
  • 5838 HOWE DRIVE, FAIRWAY, KS

Excelsior Springs

Holiday Homes Tour

  • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2023
  • 12 – 6 PM

Enjoy visiting 5 residents’ homes that are graciously opened and enjoy their stunningly decorated abodes. The joy and magic of the season is brought to life! Start the holiday season off by touring homes that go above and beyond when it comes to holiday decor!

Leavenworth

The 31st Annual Vintage Homes Tour Presents: A Victorian Christmas

  • Sunday, December 10, 2023
  • 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
  • Carroll Mansion, 1128 5th Ave, Leavenworth, KS

“The annual Leavenworth Vintage Homes Tour has become a holiday tradition for area residents and visitors when they tour vintage homes decorated for the season and learn the history of past owners and their lives in the First City of Kansas. As a river city on the Missouri, Leavenworth takes great pride in an extensive selection of Victorian-era homes. A tour of local homes offers a glimpse into the unusual legacy of history to be found only in Leavenworth. The Carroll Mansion Museum, where Leavenworth’s history has been witnessed since1858, serves as tour headquarters. Selected homeowners graciously open their historic homes, festooned in holiday decor, to transport visitors back in time as they become immersed in the Christmas spirit on the second Sunday of December.”

  • Tour proceeds benefit the operation of the Carroll Mansion Museum and the mission of the Historical Society to preserve Leavenworth County's history.

Additional Events:

  • Soup and Sandwich Lunch (Sponsored by June & Aree Catering of Leavenworth)
  • Served from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 209 N 7th Street, across the street from the church on tour.
  • Available with pre-purchased ticket: $10 donation

Weston

Historic Candlelight Homes Tour

  • Sat, Dec 2, 2023
  • Sun, Dec 3, 2023 
  •  2 pm - 7 pm  Shuttles will run all day. 
  • Tickets are $20 until Nov. 15th and then $25 afterward. Under 10 free

“For over four decades, Weston homeowners have opened the doors to their historic homes and welcomed visitors for the holidays. Come share in the festive atmosphere and holiday decor—"It's Like Being in a Holiday Movie!" 

Weston shops will be all decked out for the season, and our iconic Father Christmas will be strolling the streets along with holiday carolers.

Homes on Tour

  • The Hatchery House, 618 Short St
  • The Roost at Hatchery House
  • 605 Short St (Spinner House)
  • 400 Main Street (Apt above Cactus Creek)
  • 930 Washington St
  • 901 Welt St

Independence

62nd Annual Holly & Mistletoe Homes Tour

  • Hosted by Independence Young Matrons 
  • Thursday, December 7th, 2023.  
  • Homes will be open for touring at 10 am until 8 pm. 
  • 12700 E 37th Street Court S. Independence, Mo
  • 5024 S Conway Ct. Independence, MO
  • 4308 SE Willow Tree Ct. Blue Springs, MO
  • 7000 SE Moreland School Rd Blue Springs, MO

"Please visit our Sweet Shop, being held at Colonial Hills Community of Christ Church, from 10-5. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets may be purchased from any IYM member or from participating businesses. The list of those businesses and their address is attached in a photo. We are so excited to share in this long-held tradition! See you there!"

Bigham-Waggoner Mansion and Estate House Tours

  • 313 West Pacific, Independence, MO 64051

"Beginning in the Carriage House, let our tour guides take you into the 1800s. We begin with a 10-minute video that introduces the amazing families that lived in this house. This 26-room, 3-story mansion houses 95% original contents from the last family living on the estate for 97 years. Allow about 1 hour for the tour. Feel free to explore the grounds in our beautiful park."

  • Mon-Wed 12 pm or 2 pm
  • Thu-Sat 10 am-4 pm
  • Sun 1 pm-4 pm
  • (Last tour begins at 3 pm) 

*Closed Nov 20-23, Dec 23-25, 30-31, Private and Group Tours Available

Other Special Holiday Events

"Join us for a truly magical Christmas experience! The evening promises to be a captivating journey through time, as we adorn our cherished mansion with splendid holiday decorations.  You will have the opportunity to wander through the halls, each adorned with its unique charm, and learn about the fascinating history that have unfolded within these walls over the centuries. Enjoy the festive entertainment, delightful hors d'oeuvres, and delectable holiday treats."

"Join us for a delightful event with Mrs. Claus herself! Enjoy a delectable assortment of cookies, coffee, tea, and cocoa while Mrs. Claus reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and gladly answer any Santa or Christmas-related questions posed by the little ones. Each child makes a Christmas craft to take home with them. Our event welcomes youngsters aged 3 to 8." 

Vaile Mansion and Arboretum

Royal Victorian Christmas Tours 

  • Enjoy the wonderful decorations of the Vaile Mansion.  
  • November 25th-December 30th (Closed Dec. 23rd-25th)
  • 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence, MO 64050

Holiday Tour Hours:

  • Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
  • (Last tour at 3pm)
  • Purchase tickets at the door. No reservations needed for individuals or small groups. We accept cash or credit cards.

Special Holiday Event 

Champagne and Chandeliers at the Vaile Mansion

  • Saturday, December 2

"Twilight Tour of the Vaile Mansion with appetizers and champagne. Come anytime during the 3 hours to enjoy the beautiful Christmas decor. Come any time between 5:30 and 8:00 and enjoy the beautiful Christmas ambiance while sipping champagne or sparkling water and enjoying passed appetizers. Tour guides will be available through the Mansion to share the background of this wonderful piece of history. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite for $40.00/person or at the door for $45.00."

  • Proceeds from the event will go to the Vaile Mansion Restoration Fund for major exterior repairs needed on the Mansion. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.

KANSAS

Strawberry Hill Historical Museum

Holiday Tours - Olde World Christmas

  • 720 N. 4th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66101
  • November 4th, 2023 - January 14, 2024
  • Saturdays & Sundays
  • 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM, and 3 PM

"The museum becomes a magical kingdom when viewed in the twilight of the day. Consider a night-time tour of the Strawberry Hill Museum to really get you into the Christmas spirit. The Mansion will be illuminated with all kinds of NEW DECORATIONS  including hundreds of special Christmas lights."  

Other Holiday Events

"St. Nick has included us in his flight plan and will be arriving Saturday, December 2nd from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. A $10 fee will include breakfast for a child, a visit with St. Nick and one picture. If your child wishes to only visit St. Nick for the picture, the fee is only $5.00.An adult breakfast will be available for $6.00. Breakfast will consist of pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, and coffee, tea or milk. Please purchase your tickets online to hold your spot with St. Nick and breakfast.

Today is a good day to refuel your soul and have brunch! After brunch we are including a guided tour through the Museum's Olde World Christmas. Bring a friend or group of friends to have some deliciousness for lunch and then enjoy all the lights for the holiday spirit.

Nightime Holiday Events

  • NightTime Tours December 21st and January 4th 
  • NightTime Wine Sampling Tour December 7th 
  • NightTime Dinner Tours - December 14th 
  • NightTime Appetizer Tour - Dec 28 
  • NightTime Dinner/Open House - Jan 11, 2024  

Wrapping Up

One of the benefits of touring homes, is that it might bring you to an area that you are less familiar with or haven’t been to before. This is just one of the ways people discover new neighborhoods they can picture themselves living in.  If you are out touring, and a neighborhood looks intriguing, that might be a sign that your current neighborhood no longer fits your needs.  Want to see more? View available properties here that are on the market today.  The Ask Cathy team would love to set up a special property search curated just for you, and show you any available properties in the area, and other similar neighborhoods that would appeal to you.  We can also help match you with a financing professional for a mortgage if needed as well.  Give us a call or connect with us below, and you could be showing off your home next holiday season!  

Happy Holidays! 

 

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