The Philadelphia Phillies are offering a number of ways for fans to incorporate their love of the team into the Christmas season.
Already having participated in the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree outside of Citizens Bank Park, this Saturday will see the return once again of Phanta Clause.
Phanta is, of course, the Phillie Phanatic dressed as and playing the role of Santa Clause. On Saturday from 11am-12noon at the Majestic Clubhouse Store near the 3rd base entrance at the ballpark, kids can have their picture taken with the Phanatic in his Phanta Clause guise.
But that’s not all, there are also special Phillies Holiday Gift Packs available for purchase at a variety of price levels. The packs include tickets to the home opener on Monday, April 11th, 2016 against the San Diego Padres as well as a gift card good for merchandise, concessions, tickets and parking at Citizens Bank Park.
These special Christmas season Phillies Gift Packs are priced at $100, which includes two tickets to the home opener and a $25 gift card. For $200, fans will receive four tickets to the opener and a $50 gift card. Finally, for $300 fans will receive six tickets and a $75 gift card.
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These Phillies Gift Packs are a great way to share the fun and excitement of the young, rebuilding Phillies team with family and friends, as well as to enjoy all of the special events and festivities that always surround Opening Day at the ballpark.
On December 2nd, the Phillies Ballgirls joined the Phanatic and members of the team front office staff visiting with seniors at the Lima Estates retirement community in Media, Pa. They helped decorate the facility Christmas tree, made Christmas cards, and helped create gingerbread houses.
On December 11th, the Ballgirls again joined with the Phanatic and members of the team front office staff, this time in delivering roughly 650 presents to the local People’s Emergency Center, which provides shelter and emergency services to homeless women and their children. The gifts are based on lists submitted by those staying at the facility each year as Christmas approaches.
Finally, the Phillies honored many local Philadelphia area community heroes at a holiday party at Citizens Bank Park sponsored by Phillies Charities, Inc. These local heroes work year-round to make our area a better place to live, and the team takes the opportunity to honor them with this holiday party each year.
The honorees included the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Pennylvania SPCA, Philabundance, and the Philadelphia Police Athletic League.
Also recognized were The Tug McGraw Foundation, The Hamels Foundation, and The Moyer Foundation, the charitable efforts of former Phillies’ pitchers Cole Hamels, Jamie Moyer, and the late Tugger. The Big Piece Foundation, slugger Ryan Howard‘s charitable entity, was also among almost three dozen honored organizations.
The Phillies are celebrating this most wonderful time of the year with their fans, and with the community at large. One week after Christmas, the calendar will flip to the 2016 New Year, and we will all be just six weeks away from the start of spring training.