Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), the multi-platinum, critically-acclaimed progressive rock group, has announced its highly-anticipated "Christmas Eve and Other Stories" Winter Tour.
A product of the vision and imagination of TSO's late founder/composer/lyricist Paul O'Neill, "Christmas Eve and Other Stories" began the unique format O'Neill called "Rock Theater" and forged a deep connection with their fans that it turned into the wildly-successful tour, cementing the group's status as a must-see, multi-generational, holiday tradition and kick-started the trend of Yuletide season tours.
"Christmas Eve and Other Stories" is based on the triple-platinum album of the same name and follows a story by O'Neill. In keeping with the classic line "If You Want To Arrange It, This World You Can Change It," the story is set on Christmas Eve when a young angel is sent to Earth to bring back what is best representative of humanity. Following favorite TSO themes of "strangers helping strangers" and "the kindness of others," "Christmas Eve and Other Stories" takes listeners all over the world to help reunite a young girl with her distraught father.
The album and tour feature such fan-favorites as "Ornament" and the epic "Old City Bar," both of which have not been performed live in recent years. The rock opera also features such TSO classics as "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24," "O' Come All Ye Faithful," "Good King Joy," "Promises To Keep" and "This Christmas Day." Additionally, the tour will enjoy a new second set containing some of TSO's greatest hits and fan-pleasers including "Christmas Canon," "Wizards In Winter" and many more.
Always embracing O'Neill's sense of altruism, TSO remains one of rock's most charitable bands. This year, as in years past, TSO will give at least $1 from every ticket sold to charity. To date approximately $16 million has been donated by the group.
TSO's Winter Tour 2019 is presented by Hallmark Channel.
Groups (15+) call 651-312-3486.
The Michelob Golden Light Fan Zone, located at Gate 4 of the arena, is open at 1:30 p.m. through the start of the 8 p.m. show, offering a full-service bar and appetizer menu.
Join us for dinner at Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Club from 5:30 - 8 p.m. This private space on the RBC Wealth Management Club Level allows you to relax and enjoy dinner and drinks. Guests are welcome to dine following the 3 p.m. performance or before the 8 p.m. performance. Pre-purchase dinner now or call 651-726-8400 to make a reservation.
The Reserve is an upscale lounge on the Bremer Bank Suite Level that boasts an eclectic, chef-driven menu and an array of cocktail options. To make a reservation, call 651-726-8400. The Reserve is open at 2 p.m. through the start of the 8 p.m. show.
Herbie’s On The Park is your new favorite place in downtown Saint Paul. Steps from Xcel Energy Center, Herbie’s is the perfect spot for cocktails before and after the show.
In an effort to provide a safe environment, Xcel Energy Center limits the size and type of bags allowed inside the arena. Fans are encouraged to leave non-essential items at home. Fans can only carry into the arena the following style and size bag:
- Clear tote (plastic, vinyl or PVC) that does not exceed 12" x 6" x 12" or a plastic storage bag that is maximum one gallon, resealable and clear.
- Small bags, such as a small clutch purse, that are approximately the size of a hand with or without a handle or strap will be allowed but must not exceed 5" x 8".
- Guests with bags not meeting guidelines will be asked to return them to a vehicle or utilize the onsite bag check. Bag check is available for a fee through binbox and is located at Gates 1 and 3. Xcel Energy Center is not responsible for items left at any of the gates.
Pro tip for faster mobile entry: Add your tickets to your phone's "wallet" and have a fully charged battery.
Mobile tickets are like an airline boarding pass which can be accessed with a smartphone via the Ticketmaster app or mobile site in a QR code format and scanned at the gate for entry.
Once you are within 48 hours of your event, log on to your Ticketmaster account and add the mobile tickets to your Apple Wallet/Google Wallet app. Once you have added to the app, your QR code will be accessible for entry. This bypasses the need for Wi-Fi or cellular data at the gates.
Guests are reminded to fully charge their smartphones prior to arriving at the venue in order to access mobile tickets. Click here for more information.