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Tickets on sale Friday for Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Yule extravaganza

On the one hand, you have homespun, heartwarming Yuletide traditons. On the other hand, you have high-decibel, sternum-thumping metal-inflected rock music, more flashing lights than LaGuardia and enough gimmicks to make Cirque du Soleil say “Wow!” Somehow, Trans-Siberian Orchestra melds the two elements together in the band’s December extravaganzas, which have become an annual tradition for many Western New Yorkers.

This year’s tale is “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” which TSO will perform at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 in First Niagara Center.

The story, which is based on the band’s multi-platinum DVD and PBS fundraiser, focuses on a young runaway who breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater seeking shelter on Christmas Eve and experiences ghostly visions from the concert hall’s past.

“The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” features such favorites as “Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises To Keep,” and “This Christmas Day.”

Each concert ticket bought online will come with a digital copy of the group’s upcoming studio album, “Letters From The Labyrinth,” which is set to be released November 13.

Tickets, which go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday, are $74, $65, $55, $45, and $36 (includes $3.50 facility fee) and will be available at the First Niagara Center Box Office, online at www.tickets.com or by phone at 888-223-6000. Tickets are subject to service charges, which are not applied to tickets sold at the First Niagara Center Box Office. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Lymphoma Society of WNY and Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

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