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 3Council Bluffs, IAMid-America Center
November 3Youngstown, OHCovelli Centre
November 4Charleston, WVCharleston Civic Center Coliseum
November 4Des Moines, IAWells Fargo Arena
November 5Springfield, MOJQH Arena
November 5University Park, PABryce Jordan Center
November 6Hartford, CTXL Center
November 6Peoria, ILPeoria Civic Center Arena
November 7Manchester, NHVerizon Wireless Arena
November 7Fort Wayne, INAllen County War Memorial Coliseum
November 8Madison, WIKohl Center Arena
November 10Dayton, OHErvin J. Nutter Center
November 11Toledo, OHThe Huntington Center
November 12Vancouver, BCRogers Arena
November 12Rochester, NYBlue Cross Arena
November 13Hershey, PAGIANT Center
November 13Seattle, WAKeyArena at Seattle Center
November 14Spokane, WASpokane Arena
November 14Wilkes-Barre, PAMohegan Sun Arena At Casey Plaza
November 15Portland, ORRose Garden Arena
November 17Boise, IDTaco Bell Arena
November 17Uncasville, CTMohegan Sun Arena
November 18Washington, DCVerizon Center
November 18Salt Lake City, UTEnergySolutions Arena
November 19Richmond, VARichmond Coliseum
November 20Sacramento, CAARCO Arena
November 20Philadelphia, PAWells Fargo Center
November 21Pittsburgh, PACONSOL Energy Center
November 21San Jose, CAHP Pavilion At San Jose
November 24Anaheim, CAHonda Center
November 24Cincinnati, OHU.S. Bank Arena
November 26San Diego, CASan Diego Sports Arena
November 26Rosemont, ILAllstate Arena
November 27Las Vegas, NVThomas & Mack Center
November 27Indianapolis, INConseco Fieldhouse
November 28Glendale, AZJobing.com Arena
November 28Cleveland, OHQuicken Loans Arena
December 1Oklahoma City, OKFord Center
December 1Lexington, KYRupp Arena
December 2Oklahoma City, OKFord Center
December 2Charlotte, NCTime Warner Cable Arena
December 3Columbia, SCColonial Life Arena
December 3Austin, TXFrank Erwin Center
December 4San Antonio, TXAT&T Center
December 4Greenville, SCBi-Lo Center
December 5Raleigh, NCRBC Center
December 5Houston, TXToyota Center
December 8Bossier City, LACenturyTel Center
December 8Greensboro, NCGreensboro Coliseum
December 9Jacksonville, FLJacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
December 9New Orleans, LANew Orleans Arena
December 10Duluth, GAThe Arena at Gwinnett Center
December 10Miami, FLAmericanAirlines Arena
December 11Birmingham, ALBJCC Arena
December 11Tampa, FLSt. Pete Times Forum
December 12Orlando, FLAmway Arena
December 12Nashville, TNBridgestone Arena
December 15Wichita, KSINTRUST Bank Arena
December 15Boston, MATD Garden
December 16Tulsa, OKBOK Center
December 16Providence, RIDunkin’ Donuts Center
December 17Memphis, TNFedExForum
December 17Uniondale, NYNassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
December 18North Little Rock, ARVerizon Arena
December 19Buffalo, NYHSBC Arena
December 19Dallas, TXAmerican Airlines Center
December 22Ottawa, ONScotiabank Place
December 22Denver, COPepsi Center
December 23Colorado Springs, COColorado Springs World Arena
December 23Toronto, ONAir Canada Centre
December 26Milwaukee, WIBradley Center
December 26Albany, NYTimes Union Center
December 27Saint Paul, MNXcel Energy Center
December 28Columbus, OHNationwide Arena
December 29Grand Rapids, MIVan Andel Arena
December 29Kansas City, MOSprint Center
December 30St. Louis, MOScottrade Center
December 30Auburn Hills, MIThe Palace of Auburn Hills