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Knott’s Berry Farm is all decked out for the holidays! From now until January 7, join Snoopy and the gang for a jolly good time at the beloved western-themed attraction park that has been transformed into Knott’s Merry Farm just in time for the holidays.
Here are 5 ways to celebrate the holidays at Knott’s Merry Farm with your family!
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Spectacular Holiday Shows
Knott’s Merry Farm offers several family-friendly Christmas-themed shows. The key attraction is Snoopy’s ice-skating show, Merry Christmas, Snoopy! Snoopy and a cast of ice-skaters glide through the ice-covered stage of the Charles M. Schulz Theater in dazzling costumes to the rhythm of holidays tunes.
The costumes are beautiful. I was especially touched by the homage to the 1940s with Wartime lovers separated and reunited. I was also mesmerized by the grand finale with snow falling and a flock of white doves dashing above the public to the stage.
Traditional Christmas Carolers stroll through the park to sing their merry songs in victorian outfits.
The Calico Saloon also offers a Christmas Show that you can catch at different times of the day.
The younger audience will enjoy seeing the Peanuts gang characters at the Camp Snoopy Theater for a performance of their show, A Peanuts Guide to Christmas. Characters in costumes come on stage to tell a Christmas story to the wee ones. They all love it and leave with a big smile.
As soon as night falls, head to the Christmas Tree near the old schoolhouse for a nightly Tree Lighting Ceremony. Stairs are set up in front of the tree, which makes a great photo op.
In the evening, an enchanting Snow and Glow Show lights up the park with nightly falling snow.
Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice
The food is just as spectacular throughout the park. However, during Knott’s Merry Farm, even more treats await you! If you have a sweet tooth, you may have a hard time choosing between candy-cane shaped Churros, Snoopy cookies, hot cocoa with marshmallows and candy cane powder, colored popcorn, chocolate-covered cheesecake, peppermint cotton candy and boysenberry/chocolate crepes.
Boysenberry being the park’s specialty, grown-ups with also get to enjoy boysenberry wine or boysenberry cider, just as I did. The cider was not too sweet and not too bitter, perfectly balanced. All of these treats are available for purchase in Santa’s Christmas Cabin at the Wilderness Dance Hall.
Since the park is all decked out, you will find several picture-perfect spots for photos ops that will make great Christmas cards to send to family. A flurry of colorful seasonal flowers welcome visitors once they first pass the front entrance gate. Wreaths hang on doors and pretty pine decorations on pillars.
You can take the traditional photo with Santa Claus at Knott’s Merry Farm as well. Jolly Saint Nick awaits children and adults alike in a festive decor to take pictures. You can choose to have these picture printed with a snow-filled border for a nominal fee. Behind the Camp Snoopy Theater, you will find various characters from the Peanuts gang ready to meet and greet the audience throughout the day in a larger-than-life Snoopy decor. At night, the Christmas-themed lights come to life in the park, still buzzing with energy and make for great pictures.
Riding On Fun
The rides are always great fun for the kids. My kids are too young for the thrill-inducing roller coasters, but they sure enjoyed the kiddie rides at Camp Snoopy. My daughter loves the train truck ride from the park and we make it our obligatory stop when visiting Knott’s Berry Farm. Other attractions include a merry-go-round, a horse-carriage ride and even a train ride through a dark mining cave.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Your little ones will enjoy shopping for old western-themed toys and Snoopy merchandise in the regular park shops but for the holidays, you can stroll through the merry streets of Calico for a variety unique treats. Vendors have set their shops in every corner and sell their home-made goods to willing customers. The smell of the soaps were exhilarating, the Christmas ornaments were adorable, and comics-lovers will also find art that will surely please them. There is something for everyone and it’s great to see Knott’s support small businesses.
Discount Tickets For Knott’s Merry Farm
You get discount tickets to Knott’s Merry Farm starting at $37 for kids and $39 for adults by visiting Goldstar.com.
Knott’s Season Pass Options
Guests can enjoy even more fun with a 2018 Knott’s Season Pass! Buy now and you can use your pass for one free admission into the theme park this year too. What a great deal!
Knott’s Berry Farm is located at 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
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