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Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Tampa in December

Tickets for two performances at the Amalie Arena go on sale soon.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, shown in this photo from the 2019 tour, will return to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Dec. 19.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, shown in this photo from the 2019 tour, will return to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Dec. 19. [ JASON MCEACHERN | Courtesy of Trans-Siberian Orchestra ]
Published Aug. 30
Updated Aug. 31

A Christmas tradition returns when the progressive rockers of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra come to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Dec. 19 for two performances. After a year of sitting out live concerts, the orchestra will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its multiplatinum album Christmas Eve and Other Stories with a winter tour.

Conceived by late founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill, the show is set on Christmas Eve, when an angel has been sent to Earth to find the best representation of humanity. The album and tour include the songs Ornament, O’ Come All Ye Faithful and Old City Bar.

The rock opera also includes the classic Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 and will feature a second set with popular hits like Christmas Canon and Wizards in Winter.

The multisensory, family-friendly concert experience includes lasers and pyrotechnics. The concert was livestreamed in 2020 due to the pandemic.

“After an incredibly trying year for everyone we are beyond excited to be able to say that we’re bringing Christmas Eve and Other Stories back to all of you,” music director and lead guitarist Al Pitrelli said in a news release.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra will give at least $1 from every ticket sold to charity.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 17 at ticketmaster.com. Prices range from $39.50-$89.50. Visit amaliearena.com or call 813-301-2500 for more information.