Thursday, December 10, 2015

#HGG2015: Toronto Marlies Tickets #MarliesLive {giveaway}

I think experiential gifts are a fun idea. We all have lots of "stuff," and experiences create lasting memories. Also, they make super family gifts - buy a set of tickets or passes for everyone in the family and they get to enjoy the experience together. Think about what types of activities the family enjoys and source from there. You can choose from movie passes, theme park tickets, athletic events, theatre, and more.

For the hockey fans on your list, consider picking up tickets for an upcoming game with a local professional team. NHL tickets can be pricey, or impossible to get if you are in Toronto, but AHL tickets are much more accessible, and you get a really high quality of professional play. Many of the guys you see on the ice are prepping for an NHL move, and you can see them here first.

Boo and I attended a Toronto Marlies game last weekend, and we had a blast. This game was a little different for them, as they played at the Air Canada Centre instead of their home rink at the Ricoh Coliseum. The venue change was for a special event - their annual Teddy Bear Toss. At this game fans were encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal as a donation to children in need this holiday season. When the Marlies scored their first goal, everyone came down to the rails and tossed their teddies and dogs and frogs and whatevers onto the ice. It was spectacular! And all those toys will be distributed by the folks at the Yonge Street Mission, to make Christmas a little more special for some special kids.

Toronto Marlies Teddy Bear Toss
This is a small portion of the toys donated. The players all came out to help gather them up. They were sweeping them with their sticks :)
Toronto Marlies Teddy Bear Toss
This truck was completely STUFFED with stuffies.
Of course, aside from the fun of the Teddy Bear Toss, the game play was excellent, fast and entertaining. Even though Boo isn't a huge sports fan he was totally into the action and asking questions about hockey rules (most of which I could answer). He was also pretty excited that the Marlies were beating the socks off the Manitoba Moose. The game ended in a shut-out.

Toronto Marlies #MarliesLive
Pro Hockey is always action-packed
Zambonis on the ice
The Zamboni is always a hit with the kids.
The Marlies are playing in Toronto on a few dates over the holidays. Whether you're looking for a gift idea, or a day out with the family, they have games on Dec. 26th (Boxing Day Classic at the ACC), Dec. 27th, Dec. 31st, Jan. 2nd, Jan. 3rd. You can purchase tickets here using promo code: FAMILYMARLIES. I'm particularly interested in the Boxing Day Classic game, as they'll be playing my hometown St. John's Ice Caps. Talk about conflicting loyalties! But I guess, whoever wins I'll be happy :) And what a fun way to spend the day after Christmas.

Of course, you can check out the full schedule and ticket information at

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A Giveaway

I have a set of 4 tickets for one lucky RMB reader to see the Toronto Marlies vs. the St. John's Ice Caps, in the Boxing Day Classic game (Dec. 26, 2015) in Toronto. The game will be at the Air Canada Centre, with puck drop at 3:00pm. This prize is tickets only. Transportation, parking, refreshments, etc., are the responsibility of the prize winner. Contest winners will pick up their tickets from Will Call (Gate 1 – Galleria) at Air Canada Centre.

Entries are via the widget below and will be accepted until 11:59pm EST, December 18. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Winner must be able to attend the game in Toronto as described. Best of luck!


Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to a Toronto Marlies game for me and my family. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own or those of my family.

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