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2018 Holiday Music & Movies - Ultimate Guide

What new Holiday Music and Movies are on the way for 2018? I'm looking at all the new releases and reissues on the books for this season and will be choosing a hand-picked a collection to showcase here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. Are there other titles hitting shelves this year? Yes, but as always, they won't all make my list, and I will be checking it more than twice - adding some late additions before December 25th arrives. It's all tied-into my annual Holiday Wish Guide™.

2018 is shaping up to be a decent year for Christmas music with new albums from the likes of Eric Clapton, William Shatner, Martina McBride, Mike Love (The Beach Boys), Ingrid Michaelson and others.  In addition to many all-new offerings, we're also seeing the regular patter of having quite a few reissues, with some fairly recent releases being updated with new artwork and bonus tracks for this year's holiday season. Also a recent trend: vinyl reissues of recent and classic albums.

On the home video front, the trend is lighter than it's been of late, but there's still some new offerings and updated collections hitting Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD. What's great is that there's an above-average assortment of seasonal fare coming to theaters, including Disney's The Nutcracker and The Four Realms, Universal's The Grinch, and some TCM Big Screen Classics screenings of DIE HARD for its 30th Anniversary (yes, it IS a Christmas movie) and 1954's White Christmas.

Stay tuned... more titles to be added throughout the 2018 Holiday Season! 

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Last modified on Sunday, September 30 2018 10:17
Holiday 2018:
All
New Releases
Notable Reissues
Christmas Party
The Monkees
The Monkees
Christmas is Here!
Pentatonix
Pentatonix
Happy Xmas
Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
Hey! Merry Christmas!
The Mavericks
The Mavericks
Reason for the Season
Mike Love
Mike Love
A Legendary Christmas
John Legend
John Legend
Love the Holidays
Old 97's
Old 97's
This Christmas Day!
Jessie J
Jessie J
The Sounds of Christmas
Dailey & Vincent
Dailey & Vincent
Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar
Joel Patterson
Joel Patterson
Season of Peace
Michael McDonald
Michael McDonald
Songs for the Season
Ingrid Michaelson
Ingrid Michaelson
Socks
JD McPherson
JD McPherson
Christmas Everywhere
Rodney Crowell
Rodney Crowell
Have Yourself a Swingin' Little Christmas
Various Artists
Various Artists
Something's Happening! A Christmas Album
CeCe Winans
CeCe Winans
Shatner Claus
William Shatner
William Shatner
Warmest Christmas Wishes
Engelbert Humperdinck
Engelbert Humperdinck
Christmas in Vallhalla
Thor
Thor
Complete Christmas Songbook
Los Straightjackets
Los Straightjackets
Keep Christmas With You
Katherine Penfold
Katherine Penfold
I Want A Porg for Christmas
C. Glen Williams
C. Glen Williams
It's the Holiday Season
Martina McBride
Martina McBride
Christmas (Take A Ride)
Mitch Ryder
Mitch Ryder
Merry Christmas, Darling
Michael Longoria
Michael Longoria
Christmas Everyday
Nils
Nils
Planet Christmas
Leilani & The Distractions
Leilani & The Distractions
Wish List
Nineclub
Nineclub
Swinging Christmas
Swing Kabarett Review
Swing Kabarett Review
A Magical Christmas
Laura Sullivan
Laura Sullivan
This Christmas
Meg Birch
Meg Birch
Hammered Dulcimer Christmas, Vol. II
Joshua Messick
Joshua Messick
This Christmas Eve
Lizz Sooy
Lizz Sooy
You Make It Feel Like Christmas (Deluxe)
Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani
Vinyl
Muppet Christmas Carol
Muppet Christmas Carol
Christmas With Daniel
Daniel O'Donnell
Daniel O'Donnell
Merry Christmas
Doc Severinsen & The Tonight Show Orchestra
Doc Severinsen & The Tonight Show Orchestra
Christmas
Kenny Rogers
Kenny Rogers
The Magic of Christmas
The Soulful Strings
The Soulful Strings
I'll Be Home For Christmas
The Isley Brothers
The Isley Brothers
Classic Christmas
George Strait
George Strait
Home For Christmas
Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
The Christmas Song
Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
The Christmas Attic
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
The Christmas Spirit
Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
Merry Christmas (Anniversary Edition)
Johnny Mathis
Johnny Mathis
Christmas With The Chipmunks Vol. 2
The Chipmunks
The Chipmunks
It's Christmas Time
Sesame Street
Sesame Street
Live Holiday Tours:
All
Select Artists:
15th Anniversary Christmas Rocks! Tour
The Brian Setzer Orchestra
The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Christmas is Here! Tour
Pentatonix
Pentatonix
Europe: All I Want for Christmas is You! Tour
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
Movies
All
In Theaters
TV/Streaming
Blu-ray/DVD/Digital
Universal Pictures
The Grinch
The Grinch
The Walt Disney Company
The Nutcracker and The Four Realms
The Nutcracker and The Four Realms
Presented by TCM
Die Hard 30th Anniversary
Die Hard 30th Anniversary
Orion Pictures
Anna and The Apocalypse
Anna and The Apocalypse
TCM Big Screen Classics
White Christmas (1954)
White Christmas (1954)
Netflix
The Christmas Chronicles
The Christmas Chronicles
25th Anniversary Sing-Along Edition
A Nightmare Before Christmas
A Nightmare Before Christmas
The TV Special
A Christmas Story Live!
A Christmas Story Live!
2-Special DVD Collection
Spongebob Holiday Collection
Spongebob Holiday Collection
Rankin/Bass (2018 Edition)
Original Christmas Classics
Original Christmas Classics
Holiday Essentials
All
Movies
Music
Jingle All the Way
Jingle All the Way
A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas
White Christmas
White Christmas
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Home Alone
Home Alone
DIE HARD
DIE HARD
Elf
Elf
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Christmas Rocks! The Best-Of Collection
The Brian Setzer Orchestra
The Brian Setzer Orchestra
A Jolly Christmas...
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Vince Guaraldi Trio
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Once Upon A Christmas
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
Various Artists
A Very Special Christmas
A Very Special Christmas
Elvis Presley
Elvis' Christmas Album
Elvis' Christmas Album

2018 Hot Holiday Toy Lists: The Roundup

  • "Imagine, Macy's Santa Claus sending customers to Gimbels..." - Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

    While The Rock Father™'s  Holiday Wish Guide™ is an excellent starting point for the holiday giving season, there's other lists out there - some from competitors, and several of which are published by trusted media, trade and retail partners. Each of these organizations has their own picks for what will be the Hottest Holiday Toys of 2018 and where to get them, and in the interest of helping all of you find exactly the right gift, here's a few other lists to consider... 

  • The Rock Father™ is a proud member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, and this year TI unveils their annual Hot 20, Top Tech 12 and STEM 10 lists showcasing the Hottest Holiday Toys as chosen by their team of experts. Unveiled at their annual HoliDAY of Play in New York City, The Toy Insider's Holiday Gift Guide is a must-read for kids and grownups alike, thoughtfully broken into categories and by age. It also appears in print, packed with issues of Family Circle Magazine this fall. 

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  • The Pop Insider is the new publication from the team behind The Toy Insider. Focusing on pop culture interests for a more grownup audience, this year brings "The Pop Insider’s 12 Days of Fandom," your guide to the best gifts for every geek in your life. The team at The Pop Insider has hand-picked some of the hottest gifts across fandoms, from Harry Potter and Star Wars to Doctor Who, Star Trek and beyond. Bonus: You can read The Rock Father's weekly Star Wars column, Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away exclusively at The Pop Insider!

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  • Amazon goes big for 2018 with a Top 100 Toys list. Featuring a Top 25 alongside additional offerings, this list spans STEM, Outdoor Play, Action Figures, Video Games and much more.

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  • Disney Store | shopDisney  have revealed their 2018 “ Top 15 Holiday Toys” list . While hot holiday toy lists have been a regular staple for years, this is actually the very first year that  Disney Store | shop Disney  has shared one of their own - highlighting a list of must-haves for Disney fans and gift-givers alike. There's a lot to love on the  Top 15 list  (a companion to their full  Holiday Gift Guide ) with exclusive toys spanning Disney, Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar. They're also the only place to shop Disney Parks merchandise outside of the theme parks.

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  • Bullseye's Top Toys of 2018 showcases Target’s picks for some of the season’s hottest trends. This year they're expanding their toy selection with over 2,500 new and exclusive toys, many displayed in beautifully-remodeled stores.

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  • Walmart's 2018 Top Rated by Kids toy list revealed toys kids can interact with and collect, toys that keep kids moving, and toys inspired by their favorite movie and TV characters will be big this season. This year, Walmart has dubbed their toy department "America's Best Toy Shop."

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  • JCPenney celebrates one year of their successful "toy shops" with their Top 20 Toys for Holiday 2018. A mix of favorites from top brands, JCP will also throw things back to the era of their Christmas catalog with a dedicated toys book mailer this season.

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