Christmas Eve and Other Stories

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Christmas Eve and Other Stories
Studio album by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Released October 15, 1996
Length 62:03
Label Lava Records
Producer Paul O'Neill and Robert Kinkel
Trans-Siberian Orchestra chronology
Christmas Eve and Other Stories
The Christmas Attic
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Christmas Eve and Other Stories is the debut album by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

It was released on October 15, 1996, and is the first album in their "Christmas trilogy", with The Christmas Attic (1998) and The Lost Christmas Eve (2004) coming after it. All three albums, as well as their The Ghosts of Christmas Eve DVD, were featured in the The Christmas Trilogy box set.

The story is about a young man who wanders into a bar on Christmas Eve where he encounters a mysterious old man who tells him a tale about the magical effect of Christmas Day on the human race. The album takes familiar classical pieces and adds to them new songs and arrangements from both classic and progressive rock influences for which the group is known. The album also contains a mix of vocal and instrumental songs. The primary musicians on the album are all members of the progressive metal band Savatage (Paul O'Neill, the producer of the album, is Savatage's longtime producer). Jon Oliva, one of the principal songwriters on the album, is also a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and original vocalist in Savatage. (Oliva is also the voice of Mephistopheles on Beethoven's Last Night.) Cover art created by Edgar Jerins.[2]

As of November 2014, Christmas Eve and Other Stories was the ninth best-selling Christmas/holiday album in the United States during the Nielsen SoundScan era of music sales tracking (1991 – present), with sales of 3,430,000 copies according to SoundScan.[3]

On November 28, 2011, Christmas Eve and Other Stories was certified Triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of three million copies in the United States.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "An Angel Came Down"   Franz Gruber, Paul O'Neill, Jon Oliva 3:52
2. "O Come All Ye Faithful/O Holy Night" (instrumental) John Francis Wade, Frederick Oakeley, John Reading, Adolphe Adam, John Sullivan Dwight, O'Neill, Robert Kinkel 4:19
3. "A Star to Follow"   O'Neill 3:49
4. "First Snow" (instrumental) O'Neill 3:53
5. "The Silent Nutcracker" (instrumental) O'Neill 2:22
6. "A Mad Russian's Christmas" (instrumental) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Kinkel, Oliva 4:42
7. "The Prince of Peace"   Felix Mendelssohn, Charles Wesley, O'Neill 3:33
8. "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" (Savatage cover; instrumental) O'Neill, Kinkel, Oliva 3:25
9. "Good King Joy"   Lowell Mason, Kinkel, O'Neill 6:36
10. "Ornament"   O'Neill, Oliva 3:37
11. "The First Noel" (instrumental) Traditional, O'Neill 0:55
12. "Old City Bar"   O'Neill 6:18
13. "Promises to Keep"   O'Neill, Kinkel, Oliva 2:41
14. "This Christmas Day"   O'Neill, Oliva 4:20
15. "An Angel Returned"   O'Neill, Oliva 3:52
Bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
16. "O Holy Night" (instrumental) Adam, Dwight 2:39
17. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (instrumental) Traditional 1:16
Target bonus tracks
No. Title Length
18. "Whoville Medley (Perfect Christmas Night/Grinch)"   2:38
19. "The World That He Sees"   4:43

There is a 2 CD version of Christmas Eve and Other Stories with one CD containing a Special Narrated Version Of Christmas Eve and Other Stories. The narrated CD contains one continuous track of music, with narration by Russell Horton between songs. This special edit was done by Robert Kinkel and was produced by Taro Meyer.





  • Zak Stevens
  • John Margolis
  • Marlene Danielle
  • Michael Fawcette
  • Thomas Faresse
  • Ken Williams
  • Babi Floyd


  • Zak Stevens
  • Nancy Jackson
  • Peggy Harley
  • Latasha Spencer
  • Danielle Lander
  • Jeffrey Stackhouse
  • Timothy Carosi
  • Peter Valentine

Child choir[edit]


  • Anthony Piccolo


  • Joseph Murray
  • Adrian Ross
  • Nigel Tangredi
  • Warren Wilson
  • Beth Butler
  • Cabiria Jacobson
  • Rachel Rosenfield
  • Caroline Ross



  • Cello - Mary Wooten
  • French Horn - John Clark



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