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Rose Hotel Offers New Package

Tis the season to be merry and bright! The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton and closest hotel to Chicago O’Hare International Airport located at 5200 Pearl Street, is inviting families of all ages to get in the holiday spirit by offering an exclusive Amaze Light Festival Package, which includes a trip to Impact Field to enjoy the limited time installment of The Amaze Light Show, one of the largest holiday lighting events in the country, located across the street from the hotel. The package includes two adult and two child tickets to the light show, along with two light-up holiday toys to commemorate the light fun back in the room or at home, along with breakfast for two adults and two children, and overnight parking for one vehicle. The package is available now beginning at $185.  

“The Amaze Light Festival Package is the perfect way to kick off this holiday season,” said Micaela Haas, General Manager of The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. “This may be the first time many are seeing their relatives since the beginning of the pandemic or taking a little trip away from home, so we are ecstatic to help shape new, wonderful memories that will help make these holidays a little more bright.” 

An energetic and edgy boutique hotel, The Rose Hotel features 165 stylish guest rooms and suites, all curated through the contributions of DLR, Getty’s Group, and Janko Group. Visually stimulating art, thoughtfully woven throughout the design of each room, creates an elegant and innovative ambiance, perfect for all families to enjoy. Each guest room is equipped with all down alternative bedding, triple-pane windows to eliminate airplane noise and a pillow menu, offering a personalized sleep experience. Single rooms include a king size bed, and each double room comes complete with two queen size beds. To keep all guests feeling comfortable travelling again, The Rose Hotel, in partnership with RB, maker of Lysol & Dettol, have developed and implemented Hilton CleanStay, a program committed to enhance training for Team Members, increase cleaning of public areas, fully flexible booking options, modified services and amenities, face mask requirements in all indoor public areas of the hotel, and much more to keep each guests’ safety and peace of mind at the utmost importance. 

The Amaze Light Festival Package is available now to book for the upcoming holiday season. For more information or to book this special offering, please visit the hotel’s website.

About The Rose Hotel Chicago/O’Hare, Tapestry Collection by Hilton 

Owned by Janko Group and managed by Janko Hospitality, The Rose Hotel is centrally located at 5200 Pearl St. Situated in Rosemont’s recently developed Pearl District and adjacent to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, The Rose offers an upscale experience by providing a fine art inspired lobby design, highly personalized service, the finest amenities, and a quintessential destination for those shopping at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, located just moments away. The property holds 165 guest rooms and suites, 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, their signature restaurant and bar Thorn Restaurant & Lounge, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. . For more information, visit www.the-rose-hotel.com.

Ingrid Michaelson – Songs For The Season

Patron saint of charming Christmas tunes, Ingrid Michaelson releases her cheerful original duet “Merry Christmas, Happy New Year (Feat. Zooey Deschanel).” Alongside the release, she shares an undeniably adorable stop motion visual featuring a bundled-up rabbit spreading holiday joy. The track is off her upcoming album Ingrid Michaelson’s Songs For The Season – Deluxe Edition, out on November 5th.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year (Feat. Zooey Deschanel) is soon to be a catchy Christmas classic, with the two beloved vocalists sharing their favorite things about the season over bright jingling bells. The visuals, created by Andrea Love and author/illustrator Phoebe Wahl, capture the holiday spirit through stop motion fuzzy woodland critters.

Ingrid says, “I don’t think you’ll meet someone who loves Christmas more than I do, and it is the same thing for Christmas music. I knew I wanted to put out a deluxe album even before I put out the original album! There’s just too much music to choose from. I’m incredibly honored that another self-proclaimed Christmas lover, Zooey Deschanel, is joining me on a new original, “Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!” When she said yes (over Twitter) it was truly an early Christmas gift!”

Zooey on the track, It was a joy and an honor to co-write and sing this song with Ingrid! We hope it brings joy to everyone who listens.

Listen & Watch Merry Christmas, Happy New Year (Feat. Zooey Deschanel)

Tickets are on sale for Ingrid’s 15th Annual Holiday Hop at New York City’s Webster Hall. The EMMY Award-nominated and multi-platinum-certified New York singer/songwriter will take the stage Sunday, December 5th and perform tracks off of her upcoming holiday album Ingrid Michaelson’s Songs For The Season – Deluxe Edition’ along with other festive tunes. After last year’s 14th Annual Holiday Hop: Virtual Edition, Ingrid is thrilled to be back in front of fans  performing beloved holiday renditions.

Ingrid Michaelson’s Songs For The Season’ was originally released in October 2018, and the project’s new deluxe edition will debut with five new tracks. Full tracklist below.

Ingrid explains, When I released my first Christmas album in 2018 I already knew there would one day be a deluxe. And here we are! I have added 3 classics and one original (with Zooey Deschanel) to create an even greater festive experience! It was very important to me to keep everything in that vintage/nostalgic world. Zooey’s voice is just perfect for that sound. Warm and comforting.

Tracklist

  1. Looks Like A Cold, Cold Winter
  2. White Christmas (Feat. Christina Perri)
  3. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  4. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  5. I’ll Be Home for Christmas (Feat. Will Chase)
  6. Happy, Happy Christmas
  7. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
  8. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (Feat. Grace VanderWaal)
  9. Mele Kalikimaka
  10. Christmas Time Is Here
  11. All I Want for Christmas Is You (Feat. Leslie Odom Jr.)
  12. Auld Lang Syne
  13. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
  14. Christmas Valentine (Feat. Jason Mraz)
  15. A Marshmallow World
  16. Winter Wonderland
  17. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year (Feat. Zooey Deschanel)
Cityscape illustration by Mina Tocalini

Visit Chicago this Holiday Season

The holidays are looking a bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate! From virtual cooking classes and over-the-top pop-up bars to outdoor mini holiday markets and special holiday coffee blends for sale, dance classes and more, we’ve rounded up some of the best happenings and offers for the holiday season this year. Whether Chicagoans are planning to safely visit with close family and friends in-person or virtually, these fun activities, offers and gifts are sure to bring festive cheer to all!

Replay Lincoln Park

This winter season, Chicagoans are invited to share in the spirit of the holidays at Chicago’s biggest and most festive movie experiences: Miracle on West Madison (645 W. Madison St.) and Holly Jolly Drive-In (2833 N. Sheffield Ave.) with Replay Lincoln Park, Chicago’s favorite arcade bar known for its over-the-top pop-ups, beginning Friday, November 27. In an effort to create magical memories for family and friends during a non-traditional holiday season, guests will experience a holiday-style movie experience, enhanced with twinkling decor and appearances by The Grinch, Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer and many other favorite characters. The 1.5-hour, family-friendly Miracle on West Madison experience takes place in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood and is available for booking Thursday – Sunday between 5 – 10 p.m. The Holly Jolly Drive-In experience is located in Lincoln Park near Replay Lincoln Park and is 1.5 hours in length and open to guests of all ages, with slots available Thursday and Friday between 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday between 4:30 – 10:30 p.m. Both experiences will run through Christmas Day with more tickets becoming available in the coming weeks. Reservations are required and tickets may be purchased online for $75 per car. Tickets for Miracle on West Madison are available here and for Holly Jolly Drive-In here.

Get in the Kitchen!

Chicago’s party school offering cooking classes and more, Get in the Kitchen! is hosting several holiday events for those who love to cook, mix cocktails and bake, including a Black Friday “Bagel Making Class” in the morning and “Cocktails & Comedy Show” in the evening on Friday, November 27. Get in the Kitchen! also offers culinary and happy hour gifts and gadgets in their retail store and is available for private events including socially distanced holiday shopping mixology parties, private cooking parties, virtual cooking parties and more. Looking for a special deal Whenever it snows, until New Year’s Eve, customers get 15% off their purchases in the store. For more information, visit here.

Santa Baby Bar and Rudolph’s Christmas Bar
For those who enjoy immersive and over-the-top holiday experiences, Santa Baby (3505 N. Clark St.) and Rudolph’s Christmas Bar (3660 N. Clark St.) are returning to Lakeview East this winter! With all of the Christmas spirits you already know and love, both destinations will feature all-new interactive social experiences and wall-to-wall décor. Santa Baby will open on Wednesday, November 20, and Rudolph’s will open on Friday, November 22. Both pop-ups will feature Christmas spirits; multiple bars and experiences, including the Grinch’s Piano Bar, Frosty’s North Pole Rooftop, A Christmas Story Lounge, and more; and appearances from Rudolph, the Grinch and, of course, Santa Claus himself. Guests may purchase tickets and make reservations to the pop-ups online. For more information, visit here and here.

Stretch Bar & Grill
Get in the holiday spirit with Stretch Bar & Grill’s Elf’d Up pop-up, a high-energy holiday pop-up bar perfect for patrons who have an affinity for elf culture. Inspired by the light-hearted Christmas comedy, Elf’d Up will be decorated from floor to ceiling with over 1,000 elves of all shapes and sizes, a 10-foot Christmas tree, an upside-down Christmas tree, wreath chandeliers, strands of festive colored lights, specific tributes to the movie like figurines, wall quotes, snowflakes, Schylling Jester Jack in the Boxes, cut outs of Buddy the Elf and Miles Finch and more. For more information, visit here.

Dance On Broadway
Located in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood at 3126 N. Broadway St., Dance On Broadway is a brand new, state-of-the-art dance training studio offering classes for children and adults in Ballet & Pointe, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Modern, Tap, Latin and more. From Monday, December 21 through Wednesday, December 23 between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. for children ages 3-8 and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. for children age 9+, Dance On Broadway’s Winter Dance Camps include two dance lessons in different genres, an art project and a snack break each day. At the end of the camp, Dance On Broadway will host a performance following COVID-19 protocol that will be sent digitally to the caretakers of the participating children to enjoy. For more information, dance enthusiasts may visit here.

One of a Kind Holiday Show

One of Chicago’s most highly-anticipated annual holiday experiences, the One of a Kind Holiday Show, is going virtual this season presenting more than 300 artists, artisans, and makers from across North America and beyond, from November 12 – December 6 online. For over three weeks, shoppers will have the opportunity to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19, discover new work, experience studio tours and demonstrations, shop for unique and thoughtful holiday gifts, and more through here and @ooakchicago on Instagram and Facebook.

Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish – The Musical

Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish – The Musical, a critical and commercial success in its 2019 Chicago World Premiere run, will be available for streaming this holiday season! Based on the heartfelt book of the same name by Chicagoan Denise McGowan Tracy, the family-friendly production is recommended for all ages and will be available to stream November 27 – December 27, 2020 directly into homes through InPlayer for $25 per household. Adding to the fun is the availability of two immersive Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Party in a Box options, ranging in price from $45 – $60 plus shipping and handling fees. The 2020 virtual production will feature additional holiday music, and the recorded opening night performance from the successful 2019 World Premiere. Tickets and party boxes can be purchased here.

Hershey Felder’s TCHAIKOVSKY – Live From Florence

Based on the original OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY, and featuring an extended focus on The Nutcracker Ballet, as well as Tchaikovsky’s life in Florence, Italy, TCHAIKOVSKY – Live from Florence will stream on Sunday, December 20 at 7 p.m. CST. The performance will be filmed live on location where Tchaikovsky actually lived and worked in Florence as an interesting, surprising and engaging holiday treat. Tickets are $55 and are available for purchase online, with proceeds benefitting theatres across the world impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Purchase includes the live stream and a full week of on demand access through December 27.

Houndstooth Saloon

Houndstooth Saloon, 3369 N. Clark St., is hosting its Houndstooth Holiday Market on the saloon patio for holiday enthusiasts to enjoy snacks and shop handmade holiday ornaments. Houndstooth Saloon is offering candied nuts, hot pretzels, hot cider and Griswolds’ themed food specials. For more information, visit here.

Dark Matter Coffee

Coffee lovers, rejoice! Chicago’s Dark Matter Coffee, 1117 W. Belmont St., is offering special holiday coffee releases of Old Dank Nic and Chronikkah, as well as holiday gift boxes and themed merchandise for the caffeine fiend in your life! Gift boxes options include four bags of Dark Matter Coffee’s Single Origin Guatemala or El Salvador blends, four bags of Dark Matter’s Barrel Aged coffees and a Portfolio Box Set, which includes bags of A Love Supreme, Unicorn Blood, Starry Eyes and Old Dank Nic. For more information, visit here.

Johnson’s Real Ice Cream
Just in time for Black Friday, Johnson’s Real Ice Cream, 2951 N. Broadway St., is offering free shipping of its delicious ice cream anywhere in the continental U.S. between November 27 and November 29. For year round ice cream lovers, Johnson’s Real Ice Cream is also offering a Black Friday gift card sale, which includes $10 in bonus coupons for every $30 gift card purchase. For more information, visit here.

Fred’s Wrigleyville Garage
For Chicagoans with cars who are looking to travel for the holidays, Fred’s Wrigleyville Garage, 3848 N. Clark St. is offering a winter car inspection special, including a battery check, anti-freeze levels, tire pressure, brake inspection, proper oil levels, windshield wiper condition and windshield washer fill for just $25. For more information, visit here.

Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace
For those looking for safe, affordable accommodations to visit their loved ones in the city this holiday season, Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace, 3434 N. Broadway St., is offering their “Stay Close for the Holiday” special for 20% off the available room rates. For more information or to book your stay, visit here.

theWit Hotel
theWit Hotel, 
located in the Chicago Loop at 201 N. State Street, has officially reopened its doors back to the public for those looking to have a relaxing staycation this upcoming holiday season. theWit Hotel is ensuring the safety of all guests and staff alike with sanitation standards in place to make everyone feel comfortable. The Hilton Property has implemented a Hilton CleanStay with Lysol Protection program, which was developed in consultation with global and local public health authorities, with key features including: guestroom door seals to indicate a patron’s room has not been accessed since it was cleaned; extra disinfection on high touch areas; removal of excess in-room amenities; guest-accessible hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes throughout the hotel; along with contactless check-in/check-out and more. Please visit here to book your upcoming stay or gift a staycation to a loved on this season.

Geja’s Café
Give the gift of fine dining this holiday season. Geja’s Café, Chicago’s iconic fondue and couple’s landmark located at 340 W Armitage Avenue, is offering fondue fanatics a special Holiday Gift Card Promotion that is running now through December 31, 2020. With every purchase of gift cards that equate to $100 will receive a free $30 bonus gift card. For more information or to purchase a gift card, please visit here.

EZ Breathe
Give the gift of good health this year. Since COVID-19, households around the country have been spending more than 90% of their time indoors. Homes have become workplaces, classrooms, restaurants, gyms, and everything in between. With the rise of time spent indoors, the rise of harmful pollutants and germs in the air have also skyrocketed and have been recirculating throughout houses. The E·Z Breathe Ventilation System is a necessity now more than ever to transform homes into a healthy living environment and keep families safe by preventing the spread of harmful airborne particles. Families have the ability to gift one to their loved ones and purchase one for themselves, with self-installations now available to keep everyone’s health at the utmost importance.

Q Clothier
With the holidays just around the corner, it means it’s time to refresh your wardrobe with the latest styles of winter for you and your loved ones. Q Clothier and Rye 51, the side-by-side luxury men’s custom clothier brands provide top quality, hand-crafted attire tailored perfectly for individuals of every lifestyle. A new addition to the Gold Coast neighborhood, patrons have the ability to shop with seasoned experts as you browse the latest and trendiest garments. Bath in luxury as you sip on some whiskey while shopping warmly and safely this season. Visit here for more details.

Leslie Odom Jr.

TONY & GRAMMY AWARD WINNER LESLIE ODOM JR. PERFORMS THE FIRST NOEL WITH PS 22 CHORUS

VIDEO HAS OVER 1.9 MILLION VIEWS!

Award-winning vocalist Leslie Odom Jr. performed a stunning sing along with the PS 22 Chorus of Public School 22 in New York last week. The performance of The First Noel is gaining a lot of attention and has garnered over 1.9 Million views to date! You can view the sing along HERE. The track is featured on the deluxe edition of Odom Jr.ߣs critically acclaimed album Simply Christmas, which is available now. The PS 22 chorus has performed with a multitude of musical acts and has had celebrated appearances on numerous national and international broadcasts throughout the years after its videos gained worldwide attention. To date, the chorus’s videos have been watched more than 75,000,000 times.

Simply Christmas, the stunning album of reinterpreted holiday classics, debuted at #1 on the Soundscan and Billboard Jazz charts last year, and the deluxe edition features four new songs including, Please Come Home For Christmas, Edelweiss, which was arranged by GRAMMY nominee Michael McElroy, and features Odom Jr. wife of 5 years, an accomplished performer in her own right, Nicolette Robinson, and The Christmas Waltz featuring a brand new arrangement by Emmy-winning and GRAMMY nominated arranger Rob Mathes.The album showcases Odom Jr.’s soulful jazz versions of Christmas classics and follows his successful self-titled jazz debut.

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About Leslie Odom Jr.

Odom Jr.’s self-titled debut jazz album on S-Curve Records won over critics and fans upon release last year, and debuted at #1 on Soundscan Current and Traditional Jazz Charts.&#a0;He completed his run as the original&#a0;Aaron Burr&#a0;in the smash hit Hamilton, a role that won him a Tony & Grammy Award.&#a0;&#a0;On the small screen, Odom, Jr. is best-known for his portrayal of ‘Sam Strickland’ in the NBC musical series, “Smash,” and his recurring role as ‘Reverend Curtis Scott’ on “Law & Order: SVU.”&#a0;He’s also appeared in episodes of “Gotham,” “Person of Interest,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House of Lies,” “Vanished” and “CSI: Miami.”&#a0;On the big screen, he starred in the 2012 film, “Red Tails,” opposite Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr. and David Oyelowo. Odom Jr. is currently starring in Murder On The Orient Express, alongside Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, and more.

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MyWiT

Do you really want to give a brand-new phone to family and friends this holiday season?

With the holidays right around the corner, shoppers are getting ready to give the gift of technology. Top-of-mind, of course, are the shiny, brand-new devices that have hit the market this season.

However, it’s important to take a step back and really think about whether friends and family are actually…well…careful enough to deserve a new device – especially one that might cost well over $1,000.

A recent survey by protection plan provider Assurant found that of the 66% of mobile phone owners who have broken, damaged or lost a device, almost as many (65%) have done so at least twice!

Additionally, 73% of respondents reported dropping their phones at least once a week, with nearly one quarter (24%) reporting that it has fallen into the toilet. (One person even dug through a port-a-potty for it because it was too expensive to replace).

So, what’s the answer for giving great technology gifts to clumsy friends and family? Buy refurbished!

“Refurbished devices have come a long way,” says David Conti, director of eCommerce at MyWit, a leading consumer website selling refurbished devices. “They are now a high-quality, affordable alternative to a new device, as well as a great option for the eco-conscious.” According to Conti, the key benefits of buying refurbished include:

VALUE — ON AVERAGE, CONSUMERS SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS BUYING REFURBISHED VS NEW, WHICH CAN MEAN MORE GIFTS FOR MORE PEOPLE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

MOTHER NATURE — AT LEAST 100 MILLION MOBILE DEVICES END UP IN LANDFILLS EACH YEAR, SO THE GIFT OF A REFURBISHED DEVICE IS ALSO A GIFT TO THE PLANET.

QUALITY—IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, THE REFURBISHED AND RE-COMMERCE INDUSTRIES HAVE IMPROVED IMMENSELY. SITES LIKE MYWIT.COM PUT SMARTPHONES THROUGH AN INDUSTRY LEADING EVALUATION PROCESS INCLUDING 65+ POINTS OF INSPECTION TO GUARANTEE 100% FUNCTIONALITY.

While everyone loves Grandma, and wants to be the “favorite aunt” to their nieces and nephews, not everyone on every gift list really needs a brand-new device.

Bottom line: Gift-givers can stretch their budget this holiday season – without sacrificing quality – by buying refurbished at MyWiT.com.

About MyWiT

MyWiT is a global leader in mobile device repair, and understands that when it comes to purchasing pre-owned mobile devices, quality and reliability matter most. MyWiT has a state-of-the-art repair facility staffed by highly-trained, experienced technicians, and follows rigorous ISO quality control systems and processes to ensure their repair methods are consistently the best possible. MyWiT refurbishment and repair processes are OEM or carrier certified and their facilities are approved to perform up to Level 3 repairs for mobile phones, tablets, modems, and netbooks. MyWiT offers unparalleled support for mobile industry leaders, world-class service for mobile consumers and the ability to recognize, adopt, and leverage mobile trends.

G. Love

G. LOVE RELEASES NEW HOLIDAY ALBUM
COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS TODAY

Today, Platinum-certified critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist G. Love uncovers his first-ever holiday album, Coming Home For Christmas—available now via Brushfire/Republic Records. Check out the full tracklisting below.  Get it HERE.

The record boasts ten original Christmas anthems penned by G. Love earlier this year. Forever inspired by everlasting and eternal holiday memories from his childhood, he holed up in Orleans, Massachusetts for six days in November and wrote one song per day. Within two days, he tracked the entire album alongside producer Jon Evans at Brickhill Studios with Jon handling upright bass and Mathias Bossi on drums. The resulting body of work captures the season’s spirit with a twist of the artist’s classic bounce, rustic harmonica, vivid lyrics, and lithe, lively acoustic guitars.

About the album, he says, “We’ve always had a strong tradition of caroling and sharing songs on Christmas. My Uncle Bob and I used to lead the family through all of the traditional carols as well as rock ‘n’ roll hits like ‘Summertime Blues’ and ‘Steamroller Blues’. After Uncle Bob passed, my brother-in-law Juan and I have continued the tradition. There was one of those Christmases back in the day when I got the flu or something and missed the family gathering, so I was home alone and wrote a couple of Christmas carols. ‘Christmas Blues’ and ‘Christmas Cookies’. It was then that I decided I would like to complete a full album of homegrown Christmas carols.”

The first single “Christmas Change” paints a different picture of the Christmas spirit in action! G. Love comments, “Much of the holidays are about giving and coming together. ‘Christmas Change’ is about what I feel should be the true essence of Christmas—sharing, giving, and coming together in peace and love.

Coming Home For Christmas TRACKLISTING:

1.   “Christmas Morning”

2.   “Christmas Change”

3.   “Cape Cod Winter Blues”

4.   “Merry Christmas”

5.   “So Blessed”

6.   “Christmas Baby”

7.   “Christmas Rock”

8.   “Christmas Blues”

9.   “Christmas Cookies”
10.   “Christmas Boogie”

G. Love Coming Home For Christmas

Main / Landing Page: http://republic.lnk.to/GLoveComingHomeForChristmas
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Amazon: http://republic.lnk.to/GLoveComingHomeForChristmasDL/amazonmp3
TIDAL: http://republic.lnk.to/GLoveComingHomeForChristmasDL/tidal

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Belly, Justine Skye, The Dream), Tuff Gong (Damian Marley), Victor Victor Records (D Savage, Ski Mask The Slump God), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

2017 HOLIDAY TITLES × RUNNING PRESS KIDS

Waltz of the Snowflakes By Elly MacKay 9780762453382, $16.99

This stunning wordless picture book depicts a girl attending The Nutcracker for the first time. It is a cold and rainy evening and she doesn’t want to wear a dress, but when the curtain rises, the stage bursts into technicolor. Illustrated using paper-cut artwork, this tribute to the power of the theater has already earned a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.


Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: A Light-Up Bedtime Book Illustrated by Florence Weiser
9780762461820, $10.99

This board book adapted from the classic lullaby features real lights that twinkle through Florence Weisner’s soft, calming illustrations. Babies and young children will be mesmerized by the lights and soothed by the melody.


Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas, by Geri Cole and Robin Newman, Illustrated by Tom Brannon 9780762461622, $14.99 

The official tie-in to the new Sesame Christmas Special (airing on HBO in 2016 and PBS in 2017), this book tells the story of how Santa first came to Sesame Street. Elmo’s dad spins him a bedtime story about his great-great-grandmonster, back when everyone on Sesame Street was so grouchy that Santa didn’t even visit! With help from his friends, Elmo brings kindness, holiday cheer, and the spirit of Christmas to Sesame Street. 


The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
 
by L. Frank Baum, Illustrated by Charles Santore 9780762463138, $16.99

In 1902, the author of The Wizard of Oz wrote a fantastical fairy tale story of St. Nick being raised by woodland fairies, finding flying reindeer, building trinkets and toys, and receiving the gift of immortality. This classic Christmas story has been updated with a more timeless feel and illustrated by an award-winning illustrator.

The Story of Christmas Illustrated by Helen Dardik 9780762462421, $9.95

Every year, children of all ages revisit this nativity tale of baby Jesus in the manger. With its padded cover, thick, durable pages, and simple text, this book is perfect for introducing the timeless story to the littlest book lovers.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Wrapping Paper Activity Book Art by Charles M. Schulz
9780762463206, $9.99

In this activity kit, A Charlie Brown Christmas meets holiday fun. Included: color-your-own Peanuts wrapping paper, an advent calendar, a cut-out ornament activity, and much more. Kids will actually be excited to wrap a gift with paper they colored themselves!

2017 ACTIVITY KITS FROM RUNNING PRESS KIDS


Fun with Pokemon,
9780762462940, $9.99, Ages 6 – 9
If you have a Pokemon-lover in your house, you need this book! Featuring four fold-out posters to color and dozens of colorful, engaging activities such as mazes, word searches, and decoding messages, Fun with Pokemon is a must-have for Pokémon Trainers of all ages.
 


My emoji Journal
9780762462926, $12.99, Ages 8 – 12
This activity book is filled with creative prompts surrounding kids’ favorite medium of communication: emoji! Whether they’re drawing a bad hairdo on the shocked emoji, writing what love means to them above the heart emoji, or using the 300 included emoji stickers to decorate, kids will give this one-of-a-kind journal a thumbs up and jazz hands. 


2017 MINI KITS FROM RUNNING PRESS KIDS
Mini-kits are miniature toys and booklets. They come in tiny boxes and make excellent stocking stuffers. 




The Elf on the Shelf Snow Globe
9780762462889, $9.95

Let the elf perch on your shelf in his very own snow globe! Also includes a sticker book. 



Sesame Street: Cookie Monster Cookie Cutter Kit, 9780762462414, $9.95
Includes cookie cutters in the shape of the letters A, B, and C (plus a bonus Cookie Monster cookie cutter!), Cookie Monster’s classic cookie recipe, and a mini book of The ABCs of Cookies

ABOUT RUNNING PRESS KIDS

Running Press Kids is a place where books come to play. Our close-knit, collaborative team aims to spark curiosity and creativity and to meet readers where they are with each book we create. We focus on design-driven, high-quality, fresh books for children and young adults that encourage engaged reading and exploration. We publish fun, playful, and inspirational board books; heartfelt, humorous, and diverse picture books; nonfiction that drives inquiry and wonder, along with a healthy dose of fun; and middle grade and young adult fiction that focuses on character-driven, relatable stories with real growth and self-discovery. Additionally, we are adept at working with licensors to create imaginative, fresh, and enduring books in novelty, activity, storybook, and other formats.