For most people, August signals the close of summer, but for Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), it’s a sign of the holiday season to come. Following...

For most people, August signals the close of summer, but for Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), it’s a sign of the holiday season to come. Following its usual tour announcement timeline, the rock orchestra this week unveiled its winter 2010 holiday tour itinerary.

A pair of touring groups will tackle the 78-date schedule, which opens with coinciding shows on November 3 at Covelli Centre in Youngstown, OH, and at Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, IA. The two-pronged tour wraps on with another pair of shows on December 30 at the Scottrade Center in S t. Louis, MO, and at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI.

A mix of U.S. and Canadian cities are included on the early winter trek. Stateside stops include November 6 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT; November 18 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC; December 3 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX; and December 22 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO.

North of the border, TSO’s Canadian fans can catch performances on November 12 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC; December 22 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, ON; and December 23 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON.

Members of the TSO fan club Trans-Siberian Express will have first access to tickets during early September presales. Presales begin September 1 for all tour dates booked through November 28; concerts scheduled from December 1-30 will be available during September 2 presales.

While public onsale dates haven’t been announced for the entire tour, the first sales will start around September 18, according to Ticketmaster.com event listings. Ticket face values start around $25 in most tour markets, while top tickets will be set at about $60 or less.

One more stop, on December 18 and somewhere in New Jersey, will be added to the itinerary before TSO begins its holiday trek. Most other confirmed markets will host two performances each — an afternoon matinee and an evening concert — for a total of about 128 shows overall. More details about the tour and its onsales can be found on the official TSO Web site.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

November 3 Council Bluffs, IA Mid-America Center
November 3 Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre
November 4 Charleston, WV Charleston Civic Center Coliseum
November 4 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
November 5 Springfield, MO JQH Arena
November 5 University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center
November 6 Hartford, CT XL Center
November 6 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center Arena
November 7 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
November 7 Fort Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
November 8 Madison, WI Kohl Center Arena
November 10 Dayton, OH Ervin J. Nutter Center
November 11 Toledo, OH The Huntington Center
November 12 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
November 12 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
November 13 Hershey, PA GIANT Center
November 13 Seattle, WA KeyArena at Seattle Center
November 14 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
November 14 Wilkes-Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena At Casey Plaza
November 15 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
November 17 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
November 17 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
November 18 Washington, DC Verizon Center
November 18 Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena
November 19 Richmond, VA Richmond Coliseum
November 20 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
November 20 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
November 21 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center
November 21 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion At San Jose
November 24 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
November 24 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena
November 26 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
November 26 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
November 27 Las Vegas, NV Thomas & Mack Center
November 27 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
November 28 Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena
November 28 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
December 1 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center
December 1 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
December 2 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center
December 2 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
December 3 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
December 3 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
December 4 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
December 4 Greenville, SC Bi-Lo Center
December 5 Raleigh, NC RBC Center
December 5 Houston, TX Toyota Center
December 8 Bossier City, LA CenturyTel Center
December 8 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
December 9 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
December 9 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
December 10 Duluth, GA The Arena at Gwinnett Center
December 10 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
December 11 Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena
December 11 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
December 12 Orlando, FL Amway Arena
December 12 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
December 15 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
December 15 Boston, MA TD Garden
December 16 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
December 16 Providence, RI Dunkin’ Donuts Center
December 17 Memphis, TN FedExForum
December 17 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
December 18 North Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
December 19 Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena
December 19 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
December 22 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
December 22 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
December 23 Colorado Springs, CO Colorado Springs World Arena
December 23 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
December 26 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
December 26 Albany, NY Times Union Center
December 27 Saint Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
December 28 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
December 29 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
December 29 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
December 30 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
December 30 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills