The Christmas Attic

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The Christmas Attic
The Christmas Attic.jpg
Studio album by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Released September 15, 1998
Genre Symphonic rock, Christmas music
Length 73:19
Label Lava Records
Producer Paul O'Neill and Robert Kinkel
Trans-Siberian Orchestra chronology
Christmas Eve and Other Stories
The Christmas Attic
Beethoven's Last Night
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The Christmas Attic is the second album by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a rock opera, and the second installment of their Christmas Trilogy. Cover art created by Edgar Jerins.[1]

The story is about a young child exploring the attic in an old house on Christmas Eve. The opening poetry sets up the story;

In this room where shadows live

And ghost that fail learn time forgives

Welcome friends please stay a while

Our story starts with one small child

Who spend her nights in attics dark

Where dreams are stored like sleeping hearts

This album contains a mix of vocal and instrumental songs but as usual with TSO the story is the core of the album.

The track "Christmas Canon," one of the orchestra's most well-known songs, is a variation of Johann Pachelbel's famous Canon in D Major, with lyrics and new music added.[clarification needed]

The album was performed live for the first time during the band's 2014 Winter Tour.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve"   2:15
2. "Boughs of Holly" (instrumental) 4:24
3. "The World That She Sees"   5:59
4. "Midnight Christmas Eve" (instrumental) 4:21
5. "The March of the Kings/Hark the Herald Angels Sing" (instrumental) 3:52
6. "The Three Kings and I (What Really Happened)"   6:29
7. "Christmas Canon"   4:19
8. "Joy/Angels We Have Heard on High"   3:55
9. "Find Our Way Home"   3:45
10. "Appalachian Snowfall" (instrumental) 4:12
11. "The Music Box"   3:01
12. "The Snow Came Down"   5:43
13. "Christmas in the Air"   4:12
14. "Dream Child (A Christmas Dream)"   7:04
15. "An Angel's Share"   3:05
16. "Music Box Blues"   5:36

The album was re-released in 2002 with a companion track to "The World That She Sees" (which was shortened from 5:59 to 3:00 minutes) called "The World That He Sees" inserted into the track listing directly after "She Sees" and having a length of 4:45. The last track "Music Box Blues" was also truncated to 4:57; this version was previously used in their film "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve."


  • Paul O'Neill - Producer
  • Robert Kinkel - Co-Producer
  • Dave Wittman - Recording and Mix Engineer




  • Jody Ashworth
  • Joe Cerisano
  • Katrina Chester
  • Marlene Danielle
  • Thomas Farese
  • Peggy Harley
  • Daryl B. Pediford


  • Latisha Jordan - Background Coordinator
  • Peggy Harley
  • Robert Kinkel
  • Maurice Lauchner
  • Al Pitrelli
  • Jon Oliva
  • Timara Sanders
  • Zak Stevens
  • Doug Thoms
  • Yolanda Wyns

Child choir[edit]


  • Dan Moriarty


  • The Choristers, St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City
  • Marilina Acosta
  • Brendan Burgess
  • Julian George
  • Shoshana Frishberg
  • Julia George
  • Jack Gibson
  • Nina Gottlieb
  • Erick Hernandez
  • Michelle Repella
  • Anton Spivack


References to other carols and works[edit]


  1. ^ Interview with Edgar Jerins
  2. ^ "Chris Caffery Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 

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