Holiday entertainment industry booming

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers

You may have heard about The Jingle Bell Rock, but what about a holiday rock opera?

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas Trilogy, a CD and DVD collection, is not your typical Christmas music. Fernando Garcia, assistant manager of Hastings Books Music & Video in Clovis, describes this popular holiday release as “Traditional Christmas carols with their own touch.”

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s trilogy is just one of many new and classic holiday entertainment selections helping get people into the Christmas spirit. There’s also the recently re-released Reba McEntire Christmas, which has sold out at Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Portales, according to Leslie Mendoza, manager of electronics. On the book end, a new release is “The Nativity,” which is based on the movie.

Many folks around the High Plains like Christmas with a country music beat, and according to Garcia, Toby Keith’s “Christmas to Christmas” CD is a cash-register ringer. The CD features songs such as “Blame It on the Mistletoe” and “Bethlehem in Birmingham.” Amy Grant also has a series of inspirational Christmas CDs.

New and classic Christmas movies, available on VHS and DVD, are also in demand this time of year.

Paul Sanchez, manager of Hollywood Video in Clovis said popular titles this season are “Elf” with Will Ferrell and “The Santa Clause” and “The Santa Clause 2.” Popular titles also include “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas” for the kids and last year’s DVD release of “Christmas With the Kranks,” which is based on John Grisham’s novel, “Skipping Christmas,” a good Christmas read.

According to Peggy Goolsby of Landalls’ Box Office in Portales, the all-time top national Christmas movies are “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Christmas Story” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

For the kids and kids at heart, favorites are “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Polar Express.”

A hard-to-find DVD this year is “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” according to Garcia. “Disney only released a certain amount of these DVDs and then put them back in the vault so they are not available for sale this year,” Garcia said.

Some of the lesser known, small-title Christmas DVDs are “Chasing Christmas” with Tom Arnold and “Christmas in the Clouds.”

While many video stores are open for at least a few hours on Christmas day, managers recommend you stock up early to get the titles you want. Also, many TV networks will be showing Christmas movie marathons.