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Florida Panthers Announce ‘Hockey Holidays Ice Rinks’ Presented by Hoffman’s Chocolates

The Florida Panthers, the City of Fort Lauderdale and Hoffman’s Chocolates in Greenacres announced today they will partner to host ‘Hockey Holidays Ice Rinks,’ two outdoor ice skating rinks in South Florida during the holiday season.

 

The Panthers and Hoffman’s Chocolates in Greenacres have collaborated once again to create a 60×40 foot outdoor skating rink along side of Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland holiday display.

 

“We’re thrilled to present Hockey Holidays Ice Rinks for a second year in a row at Hoffman’s Chocolates in Greenacres and a third year in a row at Huizenga (Bubier) Park in Fort Lauderdale,” said Panthers rep. “We hope these outdoor rinks bring the holiday spirit to the South Florida community and everyone gets the chance to experience them.”

 

The Greenacres outdoor holiday rink will officially open on Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. and the hours of operation will be: Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m and Saturday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. The rink will have an early closure on Christmas Eve (6 p.m.) and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

 

The Florida Panthers and the City of Fort Lauderdale have collaborated for the third year to create a 80×40 foot outdoor ice skating rink at Huizenga (Bubier Park) at the intersection of Las Olas and Andrews Ave located right near Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk. The Bubier Park outdoor rink will open on Sunday, Nov. 25 and go until January 7, 2018. The hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. The rink will have early closure on Christmas Eve (6 p.m.) and closed on Christmas Day. On Nov. 25 only, the rink will open at 10 a.m. in conjunction with Winterfest Family Fun Day.

 

“We are thrilled to celebrate the holiday season again with Florida Panthers Ice Rink at our Annual Winter Wonderland,” stated Randall Vitale, President of Hoffman’s Chocolates. “For almost 30 years, Hoffman’s Chocolates has been wowing families of South Florida with our Winter Wonderland in Palm Beach County, and we’re excited to continue to bring the magic to their smiling faces. We can’t wait to lace up our skates.”

 

The outdoor ice skating rinks will be built on site at Huizenga (Bubier Park) and Hoffman’s Chocolate Factory in Greenacres. Both rinks will be fully enclosed by a tent. The temperature in the rink will be controlled with chillers to keep the ice cool at 32 degrees and will be constantly shaved and replenished to provide the best skating experience for guests.

 

General admission tickets are $15 including skate rentals, group admission (10+ skaters) is $13, military and first responders are $10 (Valid ID required). The Panthers will also offer a Panthers ticket package at both rinks that begin at $25 for an upper level ticket voucher and $55 for a lower level ticket voucher.

For more information, please visit FloridaPanthers.com/HolidayRinks. Follow along on social media @FlaPanthers on Twitter and Instagram and see all hours and events HERE.

 

Celebrate 25 Years of Florida Panthers Hockey all season long as we recognize a milestone season and honor, celebrate and welcome home some of the most integral players and figures who have shaped the first 25 years of Panthers history. Visit FloridaPanthers.com/legacy for full details. Join our territory and become a Season Ticket Holder to enjoy exclusive savings on select BB&T Center concessions, 25th Anniversary Discount at Pantherland store and priority access to BB&T Center concerts and events.  Visit FloridaPanthers.com/TicketCentral or call 954-835-PUCK (7825) for more information.

 

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Contacts:

Thomas Drance (954-405-1136)

Adelyn Biedenbach (954-249-4817)

Chrissy Parente (954-224-5257)

Mike Lewis (954-240-7839)

Winter Wonderland opens November 18th

Hoffman’s Chocolates is pleased to announce that its 27th Annual Winter Wonderland will open to the public on Saturday, November 18 and it will be adding an exciting new attraction this year — Panthers in Palm Beach Ice Skating Rink presented by the Florida Panthers. The 2,400 square-foot, outdoor ice skating rink will be located in front of Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour and Gardens in Greenacres (5190 Lake Worth Road). Made with real ice, the rink will be kept cool at 32 degrees for guests to enjoy a true outdoor ice skating experience in South Florida.  

 

“We are incredibly excited to partner with the Florida Panthers for our 27th Annual Winter Wonderland,” said Lois Marino, Director of Community Engagement. “The Panthers in Palm Beach Ice Skating Rink compliments our Winter Wonderland perfectly allowing guests to make a day or evening out of visiting our factory – they can ice skate, indulge in some chocolate or ice cream while enjoying our holiday light display.”

 

“Our Holiday Rinks allow Panthers Fans to enjoy the holiday season with the Cats in Ft. Lauderdale and Lake Worth,” said Florida Panthers Chief of Staff Sean McCaffrey. “We’re excited to work with the City of Ft. Lauderdale and Hoffman’s Chocolates to offer a unique & family-friendly ice skating experience to our South Florida Community”

 

Featuring more than 125,000 LED lights, captivating holiday displays, a giant Christmas tree, live entertainment, and photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Winter Wonderland will be open nightly, November 18 through December 30, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. and is FREE to the public. Panthers in Palm Beach Ice Skating Rink will be open November 18  through December 30.  Ice skating tickets will be $15 each for general admission; $13 per person for groups of 10 or more; and $10 per person for military veterans and first responders; for a 60 minute skate session. The cost includes skate rental.  Hours of operation for the ice skating rink will be Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Both Winter Wonderland and the ice skating rink will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The rink will have early closure on Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. (Winter Wonderland will be closed).

 

In addition to the Panthers in Palm Beach Ice Skating Rink, Hoffman’s Chocolates will also introduce its new Holiday Chocolate Class and Factory Tour with Santa. The exclusive tour will include a behind-the-scenes tour through Hoffman’s Chocolate Factory, a meet and greet with Santa Claus, a special chocolate craft and a scoop of Hoffman’s ice cream. Space is limited and the cost is $24.95 per. Guests can visit www. hoffmans.com for more details and to purchase ticket.

 

Hoffman’s Chocolates will also host its 2nd Annual Circle of Celebration Holiday Wreath Display and Contest at Winter Wonderland to support local nonprofits in the South Florida community.  The gourmet chocolatier has invited 10 nonprofit organizations total from Palm Beach and Broward County to decorate custom wreaths that will be displayed at Winter Wonderland.  Throughout the holiday season, Winter Wonderland guests will be able to vote for their favorite wreath.  Hoffman’s Chocolates will then donate $1,000.00 to the winning organization. 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, 2018.

 

Additional Highlights of Hoffman’s Chocolates 27th Annual Winter Wonderland will include:

  • Colorful holiday lights and festive ornaments adorning the trees throughout the garden and a magnificent 12-foot Christmas tree.
  • Enchanting, animated holiday displays will include a beautifully lit gazebo, cascading fountains, an Arctic zone with lighted polar bears and penguins, a Nativity scene, Christmas trees and a beautifully-decorated Hanukkah display.
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus will welcome guests and pose for photos with the whole family. Guests are welcome to bring their cameras.
  • San Francisco Puffs & Stuffs Inc. Concessionaire will be onsite serving delicious food onsite for guests to enjoy.
  • 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.

 

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: BankUnited, Northwestern Mutual, MOD Pizza, FPL, Florida Sugar Cane League, All About Closing, Inc., KeyStaff, L Seven Solutions and Greenspoon Marder.

 

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 on the Panthers in Palm Beach Ice Skating Rink, please visit www.facebook.com/PanthersHolidayRinks or www.nhl.com/panthers/community/panthersinthepark.

 

 

Hoffman’s Chocolates Holiday Winter Wonderland and store hours are as follows:

 

Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland:

November 18th – December 30th

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

*Winter Wonderland will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23rd) and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

 

Panthers in Palm Beach Ice Skating Rink:

November 18th– December 30th   

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. 23rd) and have early closure at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will be closed Christmas Day

 

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos:

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning November 24th – December 23rd from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Beginning December 14th, Santa will be there every night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will leave promptly at 10 p.m. on December 23rd 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 (12/24) and New Year’s Eve (12/31):  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Hoffman’s Chocolates’ Winter Wonderland lights up South Florida

Those wanting to get into the winter holiday spirit needn’t go far, as Hoffman’s Chocolates’ 25th Annual Winter Wonderland in Greenacres is officially open to the public.

The holiday display, which is free, has become an annual tradition for many South Florididans who annually make the pilgrimage to the garden at 5190 Lake Worth Road. It’s open 6-10 p.m. nightly.

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