The wreaths are hung up on the town square, lights and trees are everywhere and the Christmas parade is next week.
That only means one thing: Christmas is here! This holiday season, consider some of these hot new releases to either add to your wish list or give you something to do during your winter break.
In the world of music, a few new albums are rolling out this month. Ke$ha’s new album “Warrior” will debut Dec. 4, featuring her single “Die Young.” Bruno Mars will release “Unorthodox Jukebox” Dec. 11, which features “Locked Out of Heaven,” while Green Day will put out the third part of their album trilogy: “Tre!”
Some big-name video games have also been released recently, which could make a fabulous addition to any gamer’s collection. “Assassin’s Creed III” was released Oct. 31 and is set in the American Revolutionary period with some stunning visuals. “Halo 4” was released Nov. 6 and “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” was released Nov. 13.
For DVD releases, the huge summer blockbuster “The Dark Night Rises” will be on shelves Dec. 4. Seth MacFarlane’s comedy “Ted” starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis will be released Dec. 11, along with “The Bourne Legacy” and “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift.” If you wait until the last minute to do your holiday shopping, you can pick up either sci-fi action movie “Total Recall” or “Pitch Perfect,” the a cappella comedy sensation starring Anna Kendrick and Adam Devine from the hit show “Workaholics” Dec. 18.
As far as cinema goes, Christmastime always yields big, exciting movies that draw large crowds to the theater every year. This Christmas, we will not be disappointed. The first part of “The Hobbit” debuts Dec. 14. The prequel to Peter Jackson’s incredibly successful “Lord of the Rings” trilogy has been hyped up for quite some time and will be split into three parts. “Django Unchained,” Quentin Tarantino’s newest movie since “Inglorious Basterds” will debut Christmas day. The cast is star-studded with actors such as Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson. Another Christmas debut is the film adaptation of the Broadway musical “Les MisÃ©rables” based on the book by Victor Hugo. Set in the French Revolution, this musical features Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.
These are just a few suggestions to help you survive the shopping and enjoy the merry season. Happy holidays!