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29th ANNUAL WINTER WONDERLAND

PRESENTED BY JOE DIMAGGIO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour and Gardens, located in Greenacres (5190 Lake Worth Road), is pleased to announce its 29TH Annual Winter Wonderland presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will open to the public beginning on Saturday, November 16. The opening night festivities will include a Food Drive benefitting Palm Beach State College Panther’s Food Pantry. Hoffman’s Chocolates is asking guests to please bring a can of food or other non-perishables that will be donated to the Food Pantry.

Hoffman’s Chocolates 29th Annual Winter Wonderland presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will have more than 120,000 dazzling LED lights, captivating holiday light displays and archways, a 12-foot LaCroix Sparkling Christmas tree, life-sized Nutcrackers, and food trucks. This year, guests can take their photos with Santa in the Santa’s Village presented by KeyStaff every night from November 29 – December 23. The gourmet chocolatier is also excited to introduce its updated Hanukkah display presented by Florida Blue which will include a 9-foot Dreidel and other festive Hanukkah décor. Visitors will also be able to once again skate outdoors on real ice at the Florida Panthers Hockey Holidays Ice Rink located in front of Hoffman’s Chocolate’s Factory and Shoppe.

Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will be free and open to the public nightly, November 16 through December 30, 2019, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (excludes Thanksgiving Day-11/28, Christmas Eve-12/24, and Christmas Day-12/25). *The hours of operation and cost for ice skating at the Florida Panthers Hockey Holidays Ice Rink are listed separately below.

“We are so excited to have all our community partners involved this year to help us make this holiday tradition amazing year after year,” said Lois Marino, Director of Community Engagement for Hoffman’s Chocolates. “In addition, our new and updated immersive holiday displays are sure to be more festive than ever.”

Patrons can also register in advance to participate in a Hoffman’s Chocolates Holiday Factory Tour and Chocolate Class presented by Greenspoon Marder which will include a special behind-the-scenes interactive tour through Hoffman’s Chocolates Chocolate Factory, a special chocolate craft and a scoop of Hoffman’s Chocolates ice cream. Space is limited and the cost is $24.95 per person.

Hoffman’s Chocolates’ festively decorated Factory and Shoppe 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 also ship to anywhere in the U.S.

Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Attractions:

Florida Panthers Hockey Holidays Ice RinkA 2,400-square foot outdoor real ice-skating rink, located in the front of Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, where children and adults of all ages can experience winter joy in sunny South Florida. Each ice-skating session is 60 minutes. Florida Panthers’ mascot Stanley will make periodic appearances. For more information, please visit www.FloridaPanthers.com/HolidayRink.

*Ice skating tickets include skate rental: General admission tickets are $15 including skate rentals, group admission (10+ skaters) is $13, and military and first responders are $10 (Valid ID required). A portion of the proceeds of each ticket sold will go back to the Florida Panthers Foundation.

Ice skating rink hours of operation: The outdoor holiday rink will officially open on November 16 and the hours of operation will be Wednesday through Monday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The rink will be closed on all Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The rink will open through December 30, 2019.

Santa’s Village presented by KeyStaff – An expanded holiday village decorated with poinsettias and holiday cheer, where Santa will have Meet & Greets with all his guests and pose for photos. Guests are welcome to bring their own cameras. Santa will be there every night from November 29 through December 23. Mrs. Claus will join Santa during various nights throughout the holiday season.

Holiday Wreath Program presented by Florida Window & DoorAn 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 that receives the most votes. Hoffman’s Chocolates provided each participating nonprofit with 48-inch wreath and $250 to cover the cost of supplies needed to decorate the wreath. The winning wreath will be announced the first week in January 2020.

Participating Broward County nonprofits include: Everglades Foundation, Flamingo Gardens, Habitat for Humanity, In Jacob’s Shoes, and No More Tears

Participating Palm Beach County nonprofits include: Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Future 6 Helping Hand, KidSafe, Little Smiles, and Place of Hope

Sponsors for this year’s Winter Wonderland include: Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, KeyStaff, Florida Window and Door, Nissan Greenacres, Florida Blue, LaCroix, Bluegreen Vacations, First Horizon, Greenspoon Marder, Northwestern Mutual/Linda Buccilli, Palm Beach State College, PNC Bank, TD Bank, Ultimate Software, Iberia Bank, and FPL.

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.

For more information about the Florida Panthers Hockey Holidays Ice Rink, please visit www.FloridaPanthers.com/HolidayRink. Follow along on social media @FlaPanthers on Twitter and Instagram and see all hours and events on the Hockey Holidays Ice Rinks Facebook page.

Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital hours and store hours are as follows:

Hoffman’s Chocolates Store Hours November 16 through November 24

Saturday, November 16 – Sunday, November 24: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Hoffman’s Chocolates Holiday Store Hours Beginning Monday, November 25

Monday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Christmas Eve (Dec 24): 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

New Year’s Eve (Dec 31):  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) and Christmas Day (Dec 25).

Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

Saturday, November 16 – Monday, December 30

The garden will be open nightly from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

*Winter Wonderland will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28), Christmas Eve (Dec 24) and Christmas Day (Dec 25).

Florida Panthers Hockey Holidays Ice Rink

Saturday, November 16 – Sunday, December 30

Wednesday through Monday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The rink will be closed on all Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah

December 26 – The Hanukkah Menorah lighting will take place at sundown in the Community Corner of Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland.Santa Claus will be available nightly for photos on Friday, November 29 – Monday, December 23:    Mrs. Claus will join Santa during various nights throughout the holiday season. 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.