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Good grief, Charlie Brown! It’s about time the Peanuts Gang had their own celebration at Knott’s Berry Farm. For fans of the Charles Schulz-created characters, the PEANUTS Celebration is returning to Knott’s Berry Farm as a part of Knott’s 100th Anniversary Celebration in 2020.
During the celebration, taking place January 25 – March 10, plus February 10, 14 & 17, guests can enjoy comic style selfies, deliciously themed-treats, new whimsical shows and meet and greet sessions with members of the PEANUTS Gang, including the newest character Spike!
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Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration Photo Opportunities
The celebration begins the moment you enter the theme park! Immediately, you are greeted with five different comic strip photo booths, where you can snap that perfect selfie kissing Snoopy, sitting in Woodstock’s basket, stealing Linus’s beloved blanket or kicking Charlie Brown’s football.
One my favorite parts of attending PEANUTS Celebration is looking back over the years and seeing how much my children have grown. In 2018, my daughter could barely reach Snoopy to give him a kiss. In 2020, she’s the perfect height!
My son has also grown a few inches in the last three years and is now a teenager (he turned 13 in December!). Today, he was more than hospitable to get in on the action and update some of our classic PEANUTS Celebration family photos! Which photo do you think is Instagram worthy?!!
Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration Treats
Knott’s Berry Farm has upped their food game for the the 2020 PEANUTS Celebration by delivering special PEANUTS themed treats and sweets. Before, I thought Knott’s Boysenberry Festival was the best food fair in town. But now, Knott’s has raised the bar!
Between the Everything Peanut with Reese’s Cups and Butterscotch Blondie Shakes at Coasters Diner to the Frosted Snoopy Cookies and Nutella-filled Charlie Brown Macarons in the Ghost Town Bakery, there’s a special treat for every taste bud. The new Cake Pops are extra tasty!
Knott’s PEANUTS Gang Characters
For all you die hard PEANUTS fans, you’ll enjoy strolling through the park and interacting with many of the PEANUTS Gang characters including Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Franklin, Peppermint Patty, Linus, Sally and Schroeder. I hope to see Peppermint Patty return for a special appearance at Knott’s Merry Farm. She would be a “sweet” addition to the annual holiday celebration!
Also, new this year to the 2020 Knotts PEANUTS Celebration, is the introduction of Spike, one of Snoopy’s eight siblings. The first reference to Snoopy to having brothers and sisters occurred in the Sunday, December 3 1972 comic strip. Snoopy is shown filling out a questionnaire from his publisher, and he writes: “I was one of eight Beagles.”
If you’ve ever wondered what Spike looks like, you’re in for a treat! He’s the wilder brother of Snoopy and lives in the desert. You can meet Spike throughout the day in Calico Park and sometimes see him wandering around the disco at night.
Another moment of surprise during the celebration is the small soapbox parade with the Peanuts characters that takes place around the Charleston Fountain. It’s a cute little pop-up show that’s not scheduled. The characters get out and dance with guests around the fountain. Afterwards, there’s a chance to catch a photo with the friendly duo.
Pigpen’s Pig Pen at Knott’s Berry Farm
For a limited time only during Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration, you can meet Pigpen and his little piggies, in the Livery Stable. As long as you don’t mind the mess, you can snap a selfie with Pigpen, meet and pet the horses of Calico and chat with Brutus the burro’s handler.
Camp Snoopy Activities
PEANUTS fans will once again enjoy watching humerous and entertaining shows inspired by the comic strip series. In Camp Snoopy Theater, is the return of Space Beagle, featuring Charlie Brown and Lucy, as the world’s famous beagle becomes the first dog on the moon. It’s out of this world fun for the whole family!
Also in Camp Snoopy, the Grand Sierra Railroad invites kids to celebrate with the PEANUTS Gang as they head to the Beagle Bonanza in this fun ride overlay. Everywhere you look are the antics of the Peanuts gang and Snoopy causing trouble, but the good-old-fashioned kind.
There are a few new photos ops around Camp Snoopy as part of the 100th Knott’s Anniversary Celebration too. My daughter and her friend were full of laughter as they interpreted each sign and made funny poses for the camera.
PEANUTS Sketch School
The PEANUTS inspired festivities continues at the Bird Cage Theatre as the park offers an experience that gives both the young and the young at heart a lesson on how to draw their favorite PEANUTS characters. The PEANUTS Sketch School features Knott’s resident art teacher, former The Simpsons animator Noel Cox, who provides step by step instructions on how to draw the perfect PEANUTS masterpiece.
There’s a different character with every session, so if you enjoyed your first session, you can come back and learn even more. Personally, my kids learned how to draw Sally Brown on the day that we attended.
Peanuts Cowboy Jamboree
In Calico Park, Franklin and Linus are on a Western escapade as they transform into cowboys in the PEANUTS Cowboy Jamboree. The boys, together with the help of their friend Sidesaddle McGee, challenge guests and bystanders with some of the rootiniest, tootinest games in Calico. Kids can enjoy rodeo-themed games like Prickly Cactus Bowling, Prairie Egg Relay Race, Pine Pony Horse Races and more. A full schedule of the day’s events is located on a sign nearby.
The PEANUTS Celebration overlay for the Sky Cabin returns from last year as it changes into Woodstock’s Bird’s-Eye View. The cabin is adorned with a festive overlay as an homage to the smallest member of the PEANUTS Gang. Guests are seated on Woodstock’s nest as the loveable yellow bird takes you on a narrated breathtaking journey above the entire PEANUTS Celebration. The views of the park from high above are breathtaking, especially at night.
Entertainment at Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration
The celebration continues at the Calico Mine Stage where the PEANUTS characters have two musical surprises for guests. During the day, Charlie Brown and the gang plan explain what happiness means to them, especially the value of friendship. My daughter liked the part where the actors bounced on the trampoline and did some impressive aerial tricks.
At nighttime, Calico Mine Stage transforms into a musical extravaganza as the park hosts Woodstock’s Musical Festival. The musical event features the Peanuts Gang joined by the family-friendly indie band The Jelly of the Month Club, performing a high energy rock concert for the whole family.
Spike’s Discoteca De Silencio
While visiting Fiesta Village, I uncovered a new experience that is guaranteed to make everyone dance with the park’s Discoteca de Silencio or also known as a silent disco. The fun began as I strapped on a set of headphones and enjoyed some upbeat tunes selecting from either Top 40s, Latin Mix or Anything Goes.
Charlie Brown Day at Knott’s
On Sunday, February 2, Knott’s will celebrate Charlie Brown Day by hosting the largest gathering of Charlie Browns in one picture! The park invites guests to wear his signature style of yellow zig-zag shirts, red baseball caps, and black shorts for the gathering. There will be a special photo taken in front of the Calico Mine stage at a designated time.
Discount Tickets to Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration
The Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration takes place ever weekend beginning January 25 – March 10, plus February 10, 14 & 17. The cost to attend is included in the price of admission.
You can get discount tickets to Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration on Goldstar.com starting at only $40.00 (plus a small service fee). Now, that’s a nice deal!
Happy Field Tripping!