If you’re anything like me, Christmas lights are your favorite thing about the holiday season. Everything is sparkly and pretty and magical. It’s the best. Well, the Flyers are bringing that holiday magic to The Farg tomorrow, and if you’re going to be at the game you seem to be in for something really special.
Per the team:
The Philadelphia Flyers will introduce the “Holiday Light Spectacular, presented by the Rothman Institute at Jefferson,” a new, holiday-themed light show prior to their home game on Saturday vs. the Dallas Stars at the Wells Fargo Center. The light show will begin at 7 p.m. and light-up bracelets will be distributed to all fans to wear that are programmed to match the sights, sounds and colors of accompanying video projected on the ice and around the building. The three-part show, the first of its kind in a NHL arena, is set to a compilation of popular holiday songs, and feature reindeer, elves, Santa, animated Flyers players, and much more.
The 10-minute show, produced by Montreal-based technology firm PixMob, in conjunction with the Flyers and 3601 Productions, features eight, 32,000 laser phosphorus projectors and 50 moving lights that are programmed to be in sync with the 20,000 bracelets worn by fans. The show will be enhanced by special effects, including the inclusion of the center hung video board over the ice, LED ribbon boards around each level, and 20 colored CO2 Cryo jets, to give fans a 360-degree experience all from their seat. The show will also continue during the first and second intermissions between game action.
“This show is a new, can’t-miss holiday attraction in Philadelphia and one that we hope becomes an annual tradition for us,” said Shawn Tilger, EVP & COO of the Philadelphia Flyers. “This show is in line with the holiday staples of the region, and we’re excited to bring entertainment of this caliber to Flyers fans here on Saturday night.”
The Flyers holiday themed game will also welcome Santa Claus for free photos with fans, and feature a pre-game performance by a fifth grade choir group from Evergreen Elementary in Collegeville, Pa. Both activities will take place on the Main Concourse of the Wells Fargo Center. For holiday shoppers, retail outlets at the Wells Fargo Center will offer 15% off all Flyers Adidas jerseys.
OK, so a few things:
- First, this sounds extremely cool.
- Second, if you have littles in your family, this seems like a can’t-miss event. Between the cool lights and Santa, the kids will have a blast.
- Third, if we’re being honest with ourselves, The Farg has been a bit of a morgue lately. Not a lot of life in the building during these games, and this seems like a fun opportunity to pack the building and make some noise.
- Lastly ... don’t throw the bracelets, guys. We’re begging you. Don’t make Lou Nolan sad at Christmastime.
The Flyers were cool enough to share a couple of previews of what to expect from the festivities, so if you’re on the fence, check these out:
The game starts at 7 p.m. but you’ll want to get there nice and early to enjoy all the fun. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-218-PUCK or at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com. Go Flyers!