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Best Buy Kicks Off 2016 Holiday Season With In-Store Event

The Christmas season will begin on Nov. 5 at Best Buy.

That’s when the CE specialty chain will hold a special four-hour event in virtually all of its stores to demo and sell a short list of hot tech products for the holidays.

The items are from Best Buy’s annual Top Tech list of 20 “must-have” CE devices, below, which this year includes Google Home, Rand McNally’s OverDryve connected car system, PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift.

From 1-5 p.m. that Saturday the chain will offer special pricing on select items, while demos will include a first look at “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” played in 4K on Sony’s new PlayStation 4 Pro console (at select Magnolia Home Theater locations).

“These products showcase the newest, most innovative trends and what’s truly possible with technology,” said Mike Mohan, chief merchandising officer. “This holiday, we’re making it easier than ever for our customers by taking out the guesswork as they shop for friends, family or even themselves.”

The retailer also re-confirmed that its free-shipping holiday offer has returned for another season, effective now through Dec. 24 at

The Top Tech list, in no particular order, includes:

*Google Home

*Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones;

*Dyson Supersonic hair dryer;

*Lenovo Yoga 910 2-in-1 laptop

*iPad Pro 9.7-inch

*Oculus Rift

*Sony PlayStation VR

*Sony 65-inch LED Smart 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR;

*GoPro Hero5 Black

*DJI Mavic Pro Drone

*Fitbit Charge 2

*Microsoft Xbox One S

*Samsung 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player

*iPhone 7

*Powerbeats wireless earphones

*Apple Watch Series 2

*Rand McNally OverDryve Connected Car System

*HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 laptop

*Google Chromecast Ultra

*Samsung Galaxy S7