Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour and Gardens is pleased to announce that its 28th Annual Winter Wonderland will open to the public beginning on Saturday, November 17 and it will again feature the Panthers in Palm Beach Ice Skating Rink presented by the Florida Panthers. The gourmet chocolatier is also excited to introduce its new Winter Wonderland attraction, the Santa’s Village presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, an expanded holiday area where families can meet and have their photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Hoffman’s Chocolates 28th Annual Winter Wonderland will have more than 125,000 LED lights, captivating holiday displays, a giant 12-foot Christmas tree, live entertainment, fountains, an Arctic zone with lighted polar bears and penguins, a Nativity scene, Christmas trees and a stunningly-decorated Hanukkah display. Winter Wonderland will be free and open to the public nightly, November 17 through December 30, from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Winter Wonderland Attractions:
Panthers in Palm Beach Ice Skating Rink – A 2,400-square foot real ice-skating rink will be open November 17 through December 30 offering 60-minute skate sessions. Panthers in Palm Beach Ice Skating Shoppe will be located adjacent to the rink where guests can purchase Florida Panthers merchandise including T-shirts, hats and gloves.
Ice skating tickets include skate rental: $15 per person; $13 per person for groups of 10 or more; and $10 per person for military veterans and first responders
Ice skating rink will be available: Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Please note Ice Skating Rink Closures: Ice skating rink will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve, the ice skating rink will have early closure on Christmas Eve at 6 p.m.
Santa’s Village presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital - An 800-square-foot expanded holiday village decorated with poinsettias and holiday cheer, where Santa and Mrs. Claus will have Meet & Greets with all their guests and pose for photos. Guests are welcome to bring their cameras.
Holiday Wreath Program presented by Florida Window & Door – An elaborate wreath display and contest that supports local nonprofits in the South Florida community. The gourmet chocolatier has invited 10 nonprofit organizations (total) from Palm Beach and Broward counties to decorate custom wreaths that will be displayed during Winter Wonderland. Throughout the holiday season, Winter Wonderland guests will be able to vote for their favorite wreath. Hoffman’s Chocolates will then donate $1,000 to the organization who has received the most votes. Each participating nonprofit will receive a 48-inch wreath and $250 from Hoffman’s to cover the cost of supplies needed to decorate the wreath. The winning wreath will be announced on January 8, 2019.
Holiday Chocolate Class and Exclusive Factory Tour with Santa includes a behind-the-scenes tour through Hoffman’s Chocolate Factory, a Meet & Greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a special chocolate craft and a scoop of Hoffman’s Chocolates ice cream. Space is limited and the cost is $24.95 per person. Guests can visit www.hoffmans.com for more details and to purchase tickets.
Additional Highlights of Hoffman’s Chocolates 28th Annual Winter Wonderland will include:
• Share the Merry Collection Collectable Tin – a collectible holiday themed tin filled with Hoffman’s Chocolates Peppermint Bark. Hoffman’s Chocolates is donating $2.00 from the sale of each tin to the non-profit Little Smiles, a non-profit organization that helps caring professionals bring joy to children at Palm Beach Children's Hospital.
• Little Smiles Toy Drive - Hoffman’s Chocolates locations in Broward and Palm Beach Counties will be collecting toys for Little Smiles.
Hoffman’s Chocolates’ festively decorated Factory Shoppe & Ice Cream Parlour will offer mouthwatering treats for the whole family including seasonal ice cream flavors and Hoffman’s seasonal Milkshakes. Hoffman’s Chocolates Shoppe is also the perfect destination to find the sweetest holiday gifts. Hoffman's gourmet chocolates, specialty gifts and gift baskets are perfect for family, friends, loved ones, teachers, stocking stuffers and corporate gifts. Hoffman’s Chocolates can ship to anywhere in the U.S.
Sponsors for this year’s Winter Wonderland include: Florida Panthers, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Florida Window & Door, Blugreen Vacations, MOD Pizza, Palm Beach State College, PNC Bank, Florida Blue, Office Depot, Publix, KeyStaff, L Seven Solutions and Greenspoon Marder All About Closing, Northwestern Mutual.
Admission to Winter Wonderland is complimentary for all guests. Please visit www.hoffmans.com/WinterWonderland for additional event details and daily updates on Winter Wonderland holiday performances and happenings.
Hoffman’s Chocolates Holiday Winter Wonderland and store hours are as follows:
Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland:
November 17 – December 30
The garden will be open nightly from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
*Winter Wonderland will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23), Christmas Eve (Dec 24) and Christmas Day (Dec 25).
Panthers in Palm Beach Ice Skating Rink:
November 17– December 30
Monday through Friday 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Stanley will make periodic appearances
*Panthers in Palm Beach Ice Skating will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23), early closure at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve (Dec 24) and will be closed Christmas Day (Dec 25).
Lighting of the Menorah
December 4 – The Menorah lighting will take place at sundown in the Community Corner of the Hoffman’s Chocolates Gardens.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos November 23 - December 23:
Thursday’s - Sunday’s beginning November 23 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Starting December 14, Santa will be there nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will leave promptly at 10 p.m. on December 23 to deliver presents and start their journey back to the North Pole.
Hoffman’s Chocolates Holiday Store Hours (Holiday hours begin November 21st):
Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Christmas Eve (Dec 24) and New Year’s Eve (Dec 31): 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
About Hoffman’s Chocolates
Headquartered in Greenacres, Florida, Hoffman's Chocolates is a manufacturer of gourmet chocolates, with eight retail locations throughout South Florida, and mobile food truck, The Sweet Ride. The tradition of legendary chocolates began over 40 years ago in a small chocolate shop in Lake Worth with a commitment to use the finest and freshest ingredients from around the world. The Hoffman's Chocolates Factory in Greenacres is a popular tourist destination where guests from all over the world are greeted by the aroma of slow-simmering chocolate and caramel and watch the art of candy making first hand at its observation windows. The company is notable for its elaborate December holiday displays, including the Hoffman's Winter Wonderland, and products such as gift baskets and chocolate covered pretzels.
Hoffman's Chocolates product lines includes over 70 varieties of confections (all hand made using time honored traditions of candy making). Hoffman’s Chocolates are available via its retail store locations, thru online distribution channels and by direct shipping throughout the U.S. It has been a favorite local brand for residents throughout Florida. For more information, please visit www.Hoffmans.com or follow on social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.