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Knott’s Merry Farm Brings the Spirit of the Holidays to Southern California

Enjoy the season at one of America’s oldest theme parks.

The holidays are back at Knott’s Berry Farm with Knott’s Merry Farm, running now through January 8. The park is fully decked out for the season with festive decor, Christmas stalls, fun treats and sweets, and plenty of holiday performances. We were invited to check out the opening day of Knott’s Merry Farm, and here are five suggestions to make the most of your day.

Five Things to Do at Knott’s Merry Farm

Snoopy’s Night Before Christmas: Ice Show

If you only see one thing at Knott’s Merry Farm, make sure to catch “Snoopy’s Night Before Christmas: Ice Show” at the Walter Knott Theater. The 30-minute ice show features Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, Franklin and a troupe of some of the most incredible skaters you’ll see. The show includes upbeat numbers to modern Christmas classics with aerial performances, swing dancing and some gorgeous set design to complement the show. You can catch the performance at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. 

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"Snoopy’s Night Before Christmas: Ice Show" (©Melanie Lee)

Christmas Eats & Treats

You’ll find festive goodies throughout the park, and you won’t want to miss a few of these specials! Sweets include the Grinch’s Gingerbread Brownies at Ghost Town Bakery, Prancer’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Roll with Cream Cheese Icing Funnel Cake at Ghost Town Grub, and a Cake Batter Blondie Cookiewich with Butterscotch Chips at Chow House. In addition to sweet eats, you’ll find various holiday-themed savory items to try out as well, like the Classic Turkey Sandwich with all the Trimmings at Boardwalk BBQ, Turkey Bites with Gravy and Brussel Sprouts with Pecans and Cranberries at Santa’s Christmas Cabin, and the Gobble Gobble Turkey Rice Casserole at Wagon Wheel Pizza. 

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Holiday Foods at Knott's Merry Farm (©Melanie Lee)

Peanuts Christmas Characters

One of the best things (in our opinion, at least) to do at Knott’s Berry Farm is to visit Snoopy. If you’re a character lover, make sure to catch the Peanuts Meet & Greet at CAMP SNOOPY (one of our favorite beagles is dressed pretty festively). You can catch them throughout the day at 30-minute intervals between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can also catch your favorite Peanuts in “Best Wishes” at the CAMP SNOOPY Theater, with several performances throughout the day. 

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"Best Wishes" at CAMP SNOOPY Inside Knott's Berry Farm (©Melanie Lee)

Entertainment

There’s so much to see and do at Knott’s Merry Farm; it’s a little difficult to see it all. Make sure to check the app for all applicable showtimes and plot out your map accordingly. Hit the Streets of Calico to catch Knott’s Calico Carolers in traditional caroling attire. If you’re looking for the big guy in red, you’ll find him at Santa’s Christmas Cabin (you can also catch Santa Snoopy here on weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.). Pretty much every area of the park has unique holiday entertainment, so it’s easy to stay in the spirit of the season. Make a point to visit the Ghost Town at 5:30 p.m. every night for a special snowy surprise, and also don’t forget to catch the nightly Christmas Tree lighting in Calico Park. 

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Knott's Merry Farm Tree (©Melanie Lee)

Shopping

Knott’s Merry Farm is a fantastic place to enjoy some holiday shopping for everyone on your Christmas gift list. In addition to the branded souvenirs (and Knott’s Berry Farm sweets and goodies), you’ll find a Christmas Crafts Village at the Ghost Town. Various stalls are set up, offering all kinds of gifts and decor items perfect for the season. You can also catch glassblower Myles Freedman or chainsaw carver Nathan Howard at work on some stunning pieces. 

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Christmas Craft Village at Knott's Merry Farm (©Melanie Lee)