By Kathy L. Collins

The critically acclaimed, musical powerhouse, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, will bring its treasured holiday tale, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, to Tampa’s AMALIE Arena on Sunday, December 18 with shows at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The show will be seen in 61 cities across North America beginning in November.

Tickets go on sale beginning on Friday, September 16. Trans-Siberian Orchestra was launched in 1996. Visit www.trans-siberianorchestra.com for details. As this is its platinum anniversary year, each concert ticket purchased online will include a digital audio copy of The Ghosts of Christmas Eve. This is the first time these songs have been released in an audio package, and the album features a bonus track titled Music Box Blues.

The Ghosts of Christmas Eve debuted last year to rave critical and fan reviews. The Ghosts of Christmas Eve follows the journey of a runaway who breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theatre on December 24. While seeking shelter from the cold, the teen is discovered by the theatre’s caretaker, who uses the ghosts and spirits from the building’s past to turn her life around. The rock opera features Christmas favorites such as Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24, O Come All Ye Faithful, Good King Joy, Christmas Canon, Music Box Blues, Promises To Keep and This Christmas Day. The 2016 tour will see an all new second set containing some of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers.

Paul O’Neil, who launched the Trans-Siberian Orchestra said, “This show was an experiment, to take something that was conceived for T.V. and try to express that story live on stage. Integrating segments of the T.V. show, with a live narrator, and full rock band was something TSO has never done. The overwhelming response from the fans during the 2015 Winter Tour drove the band’s decision to take it back out on the road this year.”

If you attended last year, you will see new artists, new special effects and a lot of surprises this year.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra donates one to two dollars from every ticket sold to select local charities. To date, over $13 million has been distributed to worthy charities across North America. For more information, visit www.trans-siberian.com.