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Your Ultimate Guide to Knott’s Merry Farm

Get discount tickets to Knott's Berry Farm for their annual Knott's Merry Farm celebration taking place November 19 - January 8.

Christmas is my family’s favorite time of year!  And excitement for the big day is just starting to build!   Yesterday, while walking through my local mall , I saw the anticipation of the season right around the corner.  Shiny Christmas decorations hung from the stores’ ceilings, shelves were stocked full of new merchandise and lights shimmered from the newly decorated Christmas trees.

About Knott’s Merry Farm

As a part of this year’s long list of favorite holiday traditions, my family and I recently attended Knott’s Berry Farm’s seasonal event called Knott’s Merry Farm that runs from November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017!  Even our very own pet Snoopy was so excited to hear the news that he requested to watch the nostalgic A Charlie Brown Christmas in preparation for the big day!

This year’s Knott’s Merry Farm includes park-wide lavish decorations, live entertainment, festive food and a shopping wonderland filled with local artisans.  Here’s a sneak peek into what we personally experienced while visiting the ultimate theme park in Southern California!

Merry Christmas Snoopy! Ice Show

The first thing we did was take in a performance of the ever popular Merry Christmas Snoopy! ice spectacular inside the Charles M. Schulz Theatre.  During the show, which is filled with whimsy and spectacular skating, Snoopy enjoys all of the best parts of the season, including trimming the Christmas tree, awaiting Santa’s arrival and attending the festive Christmas Ball!

Since the lines to get into the show can often be long, especially on the weekends, I recommend that you plan to arrive at least 30 minutes beforehand.  Also make sure to bring along a jacket, because you will be waiting outside until the doors open.

Get discount tickets to Knott's Berry Farm for their annual Knott's Merry Farm celebration taking place November 19 - January 8.

Get discount tickets to Knott's Berry Farm for their annual Knott's Merry Farm celebration taking place November 19 - January 8.

photo credit: Knott’s Berry Farm

Live Entertainment at Knott’s Merry Farm

As you stroll throughout the theme park, you will hear seasonal music playing about, which contributes to the ambiance of the festivities.  You can also hear live entertainment and take in a show at one of the many performance venues at Knott’s Berry Farm.  For instance, Ghost Town celebrates the sounds of the season with the Dickensian vocal quartet, while at the historic Bird Cage Theatre, you can see Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol or O. Henry’s A Gift of the Magi.

Get discount tickets to Knott's Berry Farm for their annual Knott's Merry Farm celebration taking place November 19 - January 8.

photo credit: Knott’s Berry Farm

On the day that we visited, after watching Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, we headed over to Camp Snoopy to see the Peanuts Gang in their charming holiday show “A Peanuts Guide to Christmas.”  The Peanuts Gang shared their unique wisdom in a primer designed to help everyone survive the holidays.  The delightful crew also sang heartwarming holiday songs and invited the audience to sing along.

Get discount tickets to Knott's Berry Farm for their annual Knott's Merry Farm celebration taking place November 19 - January 8.

Get discount tickets to Knott's Berry Farm for their annual Knott's Merry Farm celebration taking place November 19 - January 8.

Get discount tickets to Knott's Berry Farm for their annual Knott's Merry Farm celebration taking place November 19 - January 8.

After the show, we went right next door to the Peanuts Meet and Greet Area to take Field Trip Girl’s picture with her favorite characters.

Get discount tickets to Knott's Berry Farm for their annual Knott's Merry Farm celebration taking place November 19 - January 8.

New this year, It’s The Merriest Christmas Show Ever, Charlie Brown takes place at the new Calico Mine Stage.  During the show, we heard the gang sing traditional upbeat holiday classics and spread Christmas cheer.  We also anxiously waited to see if Snoopy would return home in time for a magical and festive holiday season to celebrate Christmas with Charlie, Sally and the rest of the Peanuts.

Get discount tickets to Knott's Berry Farm for their annual Knott's Merry Farm celebration taking place November 19 - January 8.

Finally, when the sun set on the Farm, we saw the Calico Stage light up with the celebration of the season in Snoopy’s Merriest Tree Lighting!  The show featured a beautiful tree lighting ceremony and had Toy Soldiers, Snowmen, Elves and of course, America’s most famous beagle, Snoopy!

Get discount tickets to Knott's Berry Farm for their annual Knott's Merry Farm celebration taking place November 19 - January 8.

photo credit: Knott’s Merry Farm

You can also take pictures in front of the many Christmas trees throughout the park.  They make great family photos.

Get discount tickets to Knott's Berry Farm for their annual Knott's Merry Farm celebration taking place November 19 - January 8.

A few of our other favorite holiday activities at Knott’s Merry Farm included:

Christmas on Engine 41

Introduced in 2013, the Ghost Town and Calico Railroad celebrate Christmas on Engine 41.  Climb aboard a vintage railcar and meet an ever-changing group of Ghost Town residents eager to share their Christmas plans and songs with you.

Get discount tickets to Knott's Berry Farm for their annual Knott's Merry Farm celebration taking place November 19 - January 8.

Get discount tickets to Knott's Berry Farm for their annual Knott's Merry Farm celebration taking place November 19 - January 8.

Snow in Ghost Town

When the sun set on the theme park, the buildings and paths in Ghost Town’s Main Street filled with snow! Thousands of sparking lights danced to the beat of familiar holiday music while snow gently fell from the sky.  Snow falls every hour on the dot.

Get discount tickets to Knott's Berry Farm for their annual Knott's Merry Farm celebration taking place November 19 - January 8.

photo credit: Knott’s Merry Farm

Santa’s Christmas Cabin

My personal favorite activity during Knott’s Merry Farm was a visit to Santa’s Christmas Cabin.  The Wilderness Dance Hall in Ghost Town is turned into Santa’s Christmas Cabin for the holiday season.  Here, my children shared their wish lists with jolly Santa Claus and we even got to take home a picture of the occasion.

Get discount tickets to Knott's Berry Farm for their annual Knott's Merry Farm celebration taking place November 19 - January 8.

Knott’s Merry Farm takes place every day, November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017.  It is a wonderful holiday tradition to add your family’s wish list this year!

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

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