Saturday, December 21, 2013

New Year's Eve Parties in Charlotte !!

*New Year's Eve in Charlotte, NC!!*

First Night Charlotte
10 p.m. to Midnight
Romare Bearden Park
First Night is the city of Charlotte's "official" celebration. It's an alcohol-free, family-friendly, cultural celebration in Uptown Charlotte. Artists, dancers, comedians, musicians and magicians will take to the streets and venues for you to enjoy as you count down the end of 2013. If midnight is too late for the younger ones in your family though, there's a kid's countdown earlier in the day. The evening will be capped off by fireworks at midnight.

First Night Charlotte for Kids
1 to 6 p.m.
Romare Bearden Park
Is midnight just too late for the little ones in your family? Then check out the kid's counterpart of Charlotte's official celebration. First Night Kids kicks runs starts at noon with a kid's countdown at the main stage.

NYE 2014 Extravaganza at Westin Charlotte Hotel
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Entertainment includes exclusive performances by two (2) Special Guest DJs featuring the best in Top40/Pop/HipHop in the Venetian Ballroom (second floor)and the La Rumba Ballroom (first floor).

Drop It! New Years Eve Charlotte
The Fillmore
9 p.m.

New Years Eve Party
Howl at the Moon
6 p.m.

NYE 2014 at The FINN
8 p.m.

Studio Movie Grill EpiCentre
Hors d'oeuvres buffet & passed apps, complimentary champagne toast at midnight

NYE Masquerade Ball
9 p.m.
Celebrate a little mystery in the New Year and say goodbye to the old one

Studio 54 New Years Eve Party
9 p.m.
Whisky River
Whisky River is transformed into the famous 70's New York night club! DJ Boss Austin will be in the booth counting you down to midnight and keeping the party crazy until 2 am!

5Church New Year's Eve 2014
10 p.m.

NYE 2014 - The Biggest Party of the Year
8 p.m.
Bar Charlotte

3rd Annual New Year's Eve Party at VBGB
9 p.m.
NC Music Factory

Nan and Byron's New Year's Eve 2014
10 p.m.
Nan and Byron's

Fitzgerald's New Years Eve 2014
9 p.m.
Fitzgerald's Irish Pub

Dharma Nye 2014 With Mark Starr
9 p.m.
Dharma Lounge
A debaucherous disco with all the trimmings to celebrate the dawn of a new year featuring Dirtybird's Mark Starr.

Chocolate For A Cure
11 p.m.
Hilton Center City
An annual gala & charity event held during October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month bringing awareness of breast cancer specifically to the uninsured and underprivileged communities.

NYE All-Inclusive Party with the Galway Hooker
8 p.m.
The Galway Hooker Irish Pub
Cornelius, NC

Kennedy's New Years Eve
9 p.m.
Kennedy's Premium Bar and Grill

*Excerpts taken from

Want to learn more about the Charlotte area? Feel free to contact me anytime! 

Jackie Young
Keller Williams Realty
Cell: 704-575-9202

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

3 Home Improvements That Will Help Your Home Sell!

3 Home Improvements
That Will Help Sell Your House

When it comes to getting your house ready to sell, you don’t have to pour tons of money into remodeling your home. It’s mostly about fixing tiny little things that all add up to make your house seem much more valuable to potential buyers. 

1: Fix the Things That People Can Easily Touch
When potential home buyers are touring a house, they’re not exactly sure what to do or what to look for, so they always end up messing with the little things: flicking light switches, opening cabinets, peering in closets, turning on faucets, etc.
It’s important to make sure that all sink fixtures, as well as door handles and cabinet handles, look shiny and new. If you can’t do this by cleaning it, just buy new ones – it’s a pretty inexpensive cost that ends up being worthwhile when it comes to impressing potential buyers.

2: Check on Leaky Faucets, and Have Good Water Pressure
People are likely to turn on your sinks and bath tubs, so make sure that you have good water pressure that will leave a lasting impression. Make sure there are no stains or rust on any of the bathroom appliances, and keep an eye out for leaky faucets. Bathrooms are the places in the home that people are especially wary, so having these look spick and span, and functional, can make a huge difference.

3: Steam Clean Your Carpets and Try a Fresh Paint Job
Sometimes carpets with stains turn off potential buyers immediately, even if they are easily removable. So set up a one-time appointment with a steam-cleaning carpet service, and make sure everything looks clean and fresh – you’d be surprised how much of a difference this can make. Be sure to also try some touch-up paint jobs. A clean, spot-free wall can go a long way.
Many people trying to sell their home end up spending thousands of dollars and racking up a huge amount of debt from trying to remodel their home in order to sell it – when all you need to do are a few cheap, inexpensive repairs. 

Thinking of selling your home? I'm always here to help! Feel free to call or email me anytime! I look forward to earning your business!

Jackie Young, Realtor/Broker
Keller Williams Realty - LKN

Monday, December 9, 2013

5th Annual Christmas Wonderland of Lights at Zootastic Park of Lake Norman!

                 It's that time of year again...
            5th Annual Christmas Wonderland of Lights
     at the Zootastic Park of Lake Norman!

The Christmas Wonderland of Lights features over 3.5 Million Lights over a 2 mile drive-through and ends with a computerized light show set to music in our Western Town. We also have Santa Claus joining us every night until Christmas Eve, pony rides, petting zoos, concessions, roasting pits for marshmallows and s'mores, a candy shop, general store and much much more!!!
Located at 448 Pilch Road, Troutman, NC 28166

Fri and Sat. 6pm-10pm, Sun-Thur. 6pm-9pm

Know anyone who wants to buy or sell real estate in Charlotte or surrounding areas?? Feel free to call or email me anytime and visit!! I LOVE Referrals!! :)

Jackie Young, Realtor/Broker
Keller Williams Realty - Lake Norman
Direct: 704-575-9202

Holiday Fun in Charlotte!!

There's no better place during the holidays than Charlotte!

WBT Holiday on Ice
Holiday on Ice brings the coolest surface in the city to the heart of uptown. Located on the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza, the rink has more than 7,000 square feet of ice. With skates available for rental or the option to bring your own, Holiday on Ice is a cool treat for the new or experienced skater. Discount combo tickets are available for skating and admission to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. 

Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Speedway Christmas is one of the largest holiday light shows in the U.S., featuring more than 800 LED light displays boasting 3 million lights. And as if that wasn't enough, there's Christmas Village with a realistic Bethlehem-themed village, a Festival of Trees, photos with Santa, movie nights, an ice skating rink, and areas with food and music. The route starts at zMAX Dragway and weaves through the infield of the 1.5-mile superspeedway giving visitors a taste of the Speedway with holiday flair.

Christmas Town USA - McAdenville Lights
McAdenville, also known as Christmas Town USA, shines bright with holiday lights and decorations strung from every home, building and tree in sight. Hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights turn this small mill town into a spectacular holiday display. Visitors stroll down Main Street surrounded by the sights and sounds of Christmas.

Christmas at the Billy Graham Library
Explore Christmas at the Billy Graham Library where visitors can view a nativity scene with real animals, ride on horse-drawn carriages, or take in the incredible lights display and merry carolers. Evening story times for the children and seasonal treats at the Dairy Barn are added bonuses.

Holidays at The Garden
At Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, you'll be greated by a half million lights, a breathtaking Christmas tree created with hundreds of orchids, carriage rides, live entertainment and even a visit from Santa in a room designed to capture the essence of Christmas morning.

The Real Christmas Story: A Broadway-Style NarroWay Original
See your favorite Christmas scenes. Hear your favorite Christmas songs. Then watch in awe-stricken wonder as NarroWay Productions beautifully recreates the real Christmas story. Guaranteed snowfall at every performance!

There are plenty of holiday-themed performances and events taking place throughout the Charlotte area. Here are some short-duration events available this holiday season:

Buddy Valastro Live! The Cake Boss
Buddy Valastro, the star of TLC’s Cake Boss, brings a special holiday show the entire family will enjoy. Sharing the holiday traditions and stories from his family at Carlo’s Bakery, Buddy presents an all new show full of holiday spirit and jingle bell rock. Demonstrating the techniques that have made him the most famous cake artist in the country, Buddy will share behind-the-scene stories from his hit TV show, answer audience questions, and bring several lucky members of the audience up on stage for cupcake and cake decorating.

Cirque de Holidaze
Brought the Charlotte by the renowned director Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams Holidaze features an international cast of more than 30 artists who bring the holidays to life through astonishing performances you’ll watch in disbelief. Rediscover the magic of the season as you experience flipping gingerbread men, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, spinning penguins and soaring reindeer. An original music score and some seasonal favorites accompany hundreds of spectacular costumes in a setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot towering soldiers.

North Carolina Dance Theatre presents The Nutcracker
Nutcracker, Charlotte’s favorite holiday tradition, celebrates the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Bring your family and friends along for this holiday voyage featuring choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, live music from the Charlotte Symphony and more than100 performers.

Theatre Charlotte presents A Christmas Carol
Theatre Charlotte’s holiday tradition of performing Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol is back this year. The play opens with Dickens himself presenting a reading of the popular novel. As he begins, the story unfolds on the stage around him: the classic tale of cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. These spirits gradually warm old Scrooge’s heart, as well as ours.

Annual Singing Christmas Tree
It was the first Singing Christmas Tree production in the country back in 1953, and today it's one of Charlotte's most beloved performances—Carolina Voices' The Singing Christmas Tree. Starring the 80+ member Main Stage Choir standing atop a 32-foot glimmering tree, this magical show features everyone's favorite holiday songs. A special kid-friendly performance will also be offered. Only an hour in length, this special viewing is filled with puppets, dancers, music and sing-a-longs perfect for children age 3 to 10.

Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour
The Friends of Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour is a three-day event showcasing the elegant Victorians, urban condominiums, cultural institutions and historic places for which Fourth Ward is famous—all dressed in their holiday finery.

Christmas in Mecklenburg County with the Polks
This living history event will show visitors how the Christmas holiday was celebrated in Mecklenburg County in the year 1802. Visitors can step into the past, visit with holiday revelers, and hear about the different holiday customs of the early 19th century!

A Golden Christmas at Reed Gold Mine
Enjoy the only Christmas candlelight tour you can take in the daytime at Reed Gold Mine, the first site of documented gold in the U.S. The underground mine tunnels will be decorated for the holidays for all to experience how Christmas was celebrated at the mines over the years. The celebration continues in the Reed Gold Mine Visitor Center with crafts, historical demonstrations, musical performances and free refreshments.

Events beyond Christmas...

Belk Bowl
The Belk Bowl returns each year to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. This exciting championship game running on ESPN features a matchup of the No. 2 selection from the Big East Conference against the No. 4 pick from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Sports Business Journal named the Bowl one of the five best startups in the sports world over the past five years.

First Night Charlotte - New Year's Celebration
Charlotte's most exciting, imaginative and uplifting cultural event of the year! This New Year's Eve celebration features a fantastic array of events and activities for all to enjoy in a safe, family-friendly and alcohol-free environment. The kid’s portion of First Night begins at noon and ends at 5 p.m. with an early countdown for the wee ones. Then from 8 p.m. on, it's time for the adults to ring in the New Year, which culminates with an unforgettable party at midnight.
*Excerpts taken from Charlotte's Got Alot

Know anyone thinking of moving to the area? I'd love to help them with their home purchase! Please call or email me anytime! 

Jackie Young, Realtor®/Broker
Keller Williams Realty
Direct: 704-575-9202

Monday, December 2, 2013

This Week's Holiday Parades and Tree Lighting Events in the Charlotte Area

Holiday Parades & Tree Lighting Events 
in the Charlotte Area

There will be many parades and tree-lighting ceremonies in the Charlotte area this week. 
Here is a schedule of the upcoming events!

Monday 12/2/13

*Belmont Tree Lighting: 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday 12/3/13

*Belmont Parade: 4 p.m.

*Morganton Parade: 6 p.m., on Sterling and Green streets.

Wednesday 12/4/13

*Mount Holly Parade: 4 p.m.

Thursday 12/5/13

*Fort Mill Tree Lighting: 7 p.m.

*Huntersville Nativity Festival: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 7026 McIlwaine Road. Feature numerous nativity scenes.

*Wadesboro Parade: 4 p.m.

Friday 12/6/13

*Bessemer City Parade: 4:30 p.m.; on West Virginia Avenue; followed by festival until 8 p.m.

*Harrisburg Tree Lighting: 6-8:30 p.m., Veterans Park, 4100 Main Street.

*Huntersville Nativity Festival: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 7026 McIlwaine Road.

*Lenoir Parade: 6:30 p.m.

*Rock Hill Parade: 6:30 p.m., on Oakland Avenue at Winthrop University to Main Street.

*Stallings Tree Lighting: 6:30 p.m., Stallings Municipal Park, Stallings Road. 

  Some excerpts from this blog were taken from the Charlotte Observer.

 As always, if you or anyone you know is thinking of buying or selling real estate I would love to help! Please feel free to contact me anytime and visit

Jackie Young, Realtor/Broker
Keller Williams Realty