By Natalie Paterson
Photo courtesy of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Facebook page

To close off one hell of a year, getting to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra live was an amazing experience. Their Ghosts of Christmas Eve tour has been running since November 18th across Canada and the United States, and as usual, they never fail to disappoint the crowd of people that come out to see them year after year.

Starting off the show was two of the singers and one of the guitarists, Chris Caffery, presenting a cheque consisting of $1 for every ticket sold for the two Toronto shows, totalling a $12,667 donation to Community Care of St Catharine’s and Thorold. Caffrey told the audience that over 17 years of touring, they have been able to give back over $11 million to local communities with every show they do, which is truly an incredible thing for them to do.

The show itself was an experience, with insane visual displays, wicked musicians, pyrotechnics galore, and the one thing Toronto is lacking this Christmas: Snow! (Well, foam snow. It was still cool, alright?) These guys really know how to rock the stage, and bring the crowd to their feet or to tears. And for an extra touch from home, members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra made up the core strings section for the shows, led by electric violinist Roddy Chong.

If you ever get to see this show, take that opportunity and enjoy the hell out of it. Trans-Siberian Orchestra knows how to ring in the holiday season perfectly, and make every person in the audience, young or old, enjoy their night.

Set List
Time and Distance (The Dash)
Winter Palace
The Lost Christmas Eve
O Come All Ye Faithful/ O Holy Night
Good King Joy
Christmas Dreams
Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) (Savatage Cover)
Christmas Canon Rock
What Child Is This?
Music Box Blues
First Snow
Promises to Keep
This Christmas Day
Wizards in Winter
A Mad Russian’s Christmas
For the Sake of Our Brother
Christmas Nights in Blue
Christmas Jam
Madness of Men
The Mountain
Forget About the Blame
Find Our Way Home
Requiem (The Fifth)
Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) (Savatage Cover) (Reprise)


I like mojitos, loud music, and David Lynch.