The holidays may still be a few months off, but seasonal staple Mannheim Steamroller wants fans to start thinking Christmas. The contemporary music group...

The holidays may still be a few months off, but seasonal staple Mannheim Steamroller wants fans to start thinking Christmas. The contemporary music group has announced plans for its annual Christmas tour, which features daily performances throughout the month of November in Branson, MO. A second touring group will report for duty, starting with a November 13 concert in Gainesville, FL.

Between the bands, the Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller Tour is scheduled to have almost daily performances across the Mid West and East Coast through December 27. So far, the only performance slated for the New Year is a single February 21 concert at the Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos, CA.

Mannheim Steamroller was co-founded by Chip Davis and Jackson Berkley, who released the New Age-classical album “Fresh Aire” under the Mannheim pseudonym in 1975. Though five “Fresh Aire” albums were released from 1975 to 1983, it wasn’t until Davis released “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” in 1984 that the group hit its stride.

Mannheim’s contemporary take on traditional holiday songs sparked a loyal following, and spurred the group to record seven additional Christmas albums over the years. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller dominate the holiday touring season, each performing extensive yearly treks to support their Christmas recordings.

Mannheim will follow up the 2007 certified-Platinum “Christmas Song,” with “Christmasville,” scheduled for release on October 7. The group has released a total of eight “Fresh Aire” albums, and dozens of other non-Christmas albums, including three ambience records.

Mannheim Steamroller itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

November 1-30 Branson, MO Grand Palace
November 13 Gainesville, FL University of Florida Phillips Center
November 14 Fort Lauderdale, FL Broward Center for the Performing Arts
November 15 Fort Lauderdale, FL Broward Center for the Performing Arts
November 16 Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
November 17 Lakeland, FL Youkey Theatre
November 19 Melbourne, FL King Center for Performing Arts
November 20 Naples, FL Philharmonic Center for the Arts
November 21 Jacksonville, FL Times-Union Center for Performing Arts
November 22 Columbus, GA RiverCenter
November 23 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center
November 25 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre
November 26 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace Theatre
November 28 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
November 29 Greenville, SC Peace Center Concert Hall
November 30 Charlotte, NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
December 1 Raleigh, NC Memorial Auditorium
December 2-3 Kansas City, MO Midland Theatre
December 4 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre
December 5 Saint Louis, MO Fabulous Fox Theatre
December 5 Newark, NJ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
December 6 Saint Louis, MO Fabulous Fox Theatre
December 6 Atlantic City, NJ Harrah’s Casino Hotel
December 7 Lowell, MA Lowell Memorial Auditorium
December 9 Columbia, MO Jesse Auditorium
December 11 Baltimore, MD Lyric Opera House
December 12-13 Des Moines, IA Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
December 12 New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre
December 13 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino
December 16-17 Pittsburgh, PA Benedum Center
December 16-17 Wichita, KS Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center
December 18-19 Detroit, MI Masonic Temple Theatre
December 19-20 Minneapolis, MN The Orpheum Theatre
December 20-21 Cleveland, OH Palace Theatre
December 22-23 Omaha, NE Orpheum Theater
December 23 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Theatre
December 26-27 Dallas, TX Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
December 26-27 Rosemont, IL Rosemont Theatre
February 21 Cerritos, CA Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts