It’s a sure sign the holiday season is creeping ever so closer.

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Mannheim Steamroller just announced it will return to the area in November for a Christmas-themed performance that has become a tradition for many in El Paso and Las Cruces.

Not quite as flashy and rock based as its Christmas-time touring counterpart the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim’s signature sound is more new age music blended with classical and rock. They too perform to multimedia effects, just not as much laser and explosions.

Mannheim Steamroller is bringing its take on holiday music to the New Mexico State University Pan American Center on November 26 – that’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

This year’s show, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, will feature classic Christmas hits from the Mannheim Steamroller holiday library it has amassed since recording its first Christmas album 35 years ago.

“I remember when I came out with my first Christmas album in 1984 followed by our first tour. Back then, many in the music industry said focusing on Christmas just wouldn’t work,” said Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller.

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And, boy, were they ever proven wrong. The annual Christmas concert tour is now the longest-running concert tour in the entertainment industry.

Tickets for the Pan Am Center concert are on sale at Ticketmaster.com and cost between $40 and $80.

Your move, Trans-Siberian Orchestra. (Hint-hint!)

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