Hoffman’s Chocolates opens Winter Wonderland

South Florida Sun Sentinel

It might be sunny and hot in South Florida, but that won’t stop Hoffman’s Chocolates from staging its Winter Wonderland.

Featuring more than 125,000 LED lights, the popular attraction will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 30 — except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day — at Hoffman’s factory, shop and ice cream parlor at 5190 Lake Worth Road in Greenacres. Admission is free.

For this year’s 28th annual version, Hoffman’s is presenting Santa’s Village, an expanded holiday area where families can meet and have their photos taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. After their debut on Nov. 23, the present-giving elf and his better half will appear Thursdays through Sundays, then nightly beginning Dec. 13 through Dec. 23. The 800-square-foot village is sponsored by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood.

Other highlights include:


A 2,400-square-foot ice staking rink. Skate rentals are included with purchase of tickets for 60-minute sessions. Tickets are $15 per person; $13 for groups of 10 or more; and $10 for military veterans and first responders. The rink will open daily from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends from noon to 10 p.m., except on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve, it will close at 6 p.m. The rink is sponsored by the Florida Panthers.

Holiday wreath contest. Attendees may vote on the best-decorated wreath among submissions from 10 nonprofit organizations from Palm Beach and Broward counties. The winning organization will get $1,000.

Chocolate factory tours and meet-and-greet with Santa. Attendees get a special chocolate craft and scoop of Hoffman’s ice cream. Tickets are $24.95 and available at

Lighting of the Menorah. It will take place at sundown on Dec. 4 in the Community Corner of Hoffman’s Chocolates Gardens.

Little Smiles fundraiser. Hoffman’s is collecting toys at its locations in Broward and Palm Beach counties for Little Smiles, a nonprofit organization that provides gifts and fun activities to children impacted by serious illness, homelessness or tragedy. The company is also donating $2 for each holiday-themed tin of peppermint bark it sells.


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