There are a few things I miss about living in California (besides my family and friends of course) walking along the Seal Beach Pier, watching my Angels, and going to my favorite amusement park Knott’s Berry Farm. It has always had a pull on me, and I still love it. I miss being able to go to such things as Knott’s Scary Farm in October. However, the thing I really miss is Knott’s Merry Farm in December. It has been too many years since we have done this. For those of you who haven’t been able to make it before, here is the scoop on Knott’s Merry Farm.
As they say on their website: Joy is in season at Knott’s Merry Farm! Celebrate the holidays with the Merry Christmas, Snoopy ice show, a Calico Christmas with a crafts village, and festive food. Each night, thousands of sparkling lights dance to the beat of holiday music while snow gently falls in Ghost Town November 19-January 2.
The Christmas Crafts Village is located in Ghost Town which is transformed into a shopping wonderland filled with dozens of local artisans selling their unique gifts. Can’t-miss highlights of the Village include artist demonstrations of chainsaw wood carving, pottery sculpting, and elegant glass blowing. it’s great fun walking around, seeing the exhibits, and getting into the holiday spirit. Heck, you might even find that perfect gift.
While I enjoy the Christmas Crafts Village, what I really looked forward to was Snoopy on Ice. When I was a kid, I loved Snoopy. I couldn’t get enough of him. This was always the best part of going to Knott’s Merry Farm. In the Charles M. Schulz Theatre, Snoopy, the Peanuts, and a cast of world-class ice skaters perform in the spectacular ice show, Merry Christmas, Snoopy! During the show, 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! It is always entertaining and the kids love it!
If the kids haven’t seen Santa yet, bring them to the Wilderness Dance Hall in Ghost Town. This is the home of Santa’s Christmas Cabin for the holiday season. Here, the young and the young at heart can share their wish lists with jolly ol’ St. Nick and take home a picture of the occasion. Indulge in holiday delights like Santa’s homemade cookies, eggnog, winter wine, craft beer, hot chocolate tastings, and more. It is also the perfect place for Christmas card photos from Knott’s Merry Farm.
Over in Camp Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus and Lucy invite you to dance, sing and join in on the holiday fun in the live show, Christmas Time is Here Charlie Brown, in the Camp Snoopy Theatre. After the show, head right next door to the Peanuts Meet and Greet Area to take a picture with your favorite character. Another Kodak moment, lol.
I have never seen a live performance of A Christmas Carol until our last visit a few years ago. Happily, this year the classic Dickens’ tale “A Christmas Carol” has been brought back to the stage at the Bird Cage Theatre during Knott’s Merry Farm. This story shows a glimpse into the life of a covetous old sinner named Ebenezer Scrooge, “Bah Humbug!” Scrooge is a mean old man who only cares about his money and success. On Christmas Eve night, Scrooge encounters a visit from his old, deceased business partner, as well as the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future. On Christmas morning, after an adventure with the Christmas spirits, Scrooge awakens to find a new Christmas joy filling his spirit.
If you rather see the Gift of The Magi, they have that too. Enjoy a touching Christmas production of “The Gift of the Magi,” a classic, twist-ending story, written by O’ Henry. “The Gift of the Magi” features a young married couple with a heart of gold. Having no money to spend on Christmas gifts, the couple secretly decides to sell their most prized possession to give the other a special, secret gift. Even though their financial burden makes it so they cannot give a Christmas gift, their love, and sacrifice made for the greatest gift of all.
Whatever you choose to see and do, Knott’s Merry Farm will have something that will fill your heart with joy and happiness during this festive and reflective season. I really hope to make it again soon and update this post. If you go, please come back and post a comment. I would love to hear about your experience. Merry Christmas!!!
Here is a link to their main website, as well as some important visitor information. Of course, we make sure to check their site for the latest updates. As I stated earlier, if you are looking for other things to do at Knott’s Berry Farm, check out my post on their annual Halloween Haunt. It’s also a southern CA tradition. If you are in the area, make sure to check out Seal Beach. Still my favorite beach in California.
Knott’s Berry Farm Visitor Information
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park CA 90620
Daily Nov. 18th – Jan 8th
Times vary depending on the date. I would check their site for the date you want to attend.
Very by date and start at $69 for daily general admission.
Enjoy FREE entry to the Christmas Crafts Village and select Knott’s retail locations in the Ghost Town area on select dates.
Monday, November 28, 2022 – Thursday, December 1, 2022
General park admission or Season Pass is required for all other days.
Additional fees may be required for select activities at this attraction.
- Standard Parking for Autos and Motorcycles: $25*
- Buses and RVs: $30* (Download Bus Parking Information)
- All Season Parking can be added to a Season Pass for as low as $80!
Guests who have a state issued placard or license plate for the disabled may park in any parking lot. All posted parking fees apply. All marked stalls reserved for the disabled are patrolled by the Buena Park Police Department and citations will be issued to vehicles not displaying a valid placard or plate. Knott’s Berry Farm’s drop-off area can be used to pick up or drop off guests with disabilities. Our drop-off area is located directly in front of the Main Entrance. A Guest Service Associate is stationed at the pedestrian crosswalk, in the center of Grand Avenue, should you have any questions, or you can contact the Traffic Control Office direct at (714) 220-5014.
To enhance the visit of our guests with hearing impairments, hearing assistance devices are available at the Information Center, located next to the MainEntrance of the Park.
Expectant Guests will be limited from participating on the following attractions, due to the dynamic motion involved when riding: Calico River Rapids, Camp Bus, Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer, Coast Rider, Dragon Swing, GhostRider, HangTime, Hat Dance, High Sierra Ferris Wheel, Jaguar!, La Revolucion, Linus Launcher, Montezooma’s Revenge, Pacific Scrambler, Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies, Pony Express, Rapid River Run, Rocky Mountain Trucking Company, Sierra Sidewinder, Silver Bullet, Sol Spin, Supreme Scream, Timber Mountain Log Ride, Timberline Twister, Waveswinger, Wheeler Dealer Bumper Cars, Wipeout, Woodstock’s Airmail, and Xcelerator.
Please contact one of our Guest Service Associates for assistance in these areas. All full service restaurants are accessible to guests in wheelchairs. These include the Chicken Dinner Restaurant, TGI Friday’s, The Ghost Town Grill, and Spurs Chop House. Guests with vision impairments may ask a Guest Service Associate for assistance with obtaining information on menu items and prices. Guest Service Associates will be happy to assist with restaurant orders and bringing orders to the tables.
All restrooms have facilities designed for access to guests in wheelchairs. Rest rooms with wheelchair accessibility are signed accordingly and are located throughout the park in each themed area.
Strollers and Wheelchairs
Single strollers, double-seat strollers, manual wheelchairs and electric wheelchairs are available inside Ghost Town next to the Geode Shop. Rentals can be made online or at the park, if still available. Electric wheelchairs during Knott’s Scary Farm are only available at the park and in a very limited number. Quantities for all products are limited and do sell out often. Reservations can be made here. *Wheelchair rentals are not available for Soak City Waterpark.
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