Knott’s Merry Farm will be up and running November 17, 2023 through January 7, 2024, and we’re sharing with you what’s new, what’s coming back and what you need to do while you visit the park this holiday season.
Experience Knott’s largest Christmas celebration with winter wonderland-inspired décor transforming the entire park into a classic holiday festival, featuring a landscape of thousands of twinkling lights, miles of themed garland, jumbo snowflakes, and a variety of picturesque seasonal settings. Knott’s Merry Farm offers Christmas activities for families and joyful experiences inspired by the spirit of the holidays.
Snoopy’s Night Before Christmas: Ice Show
Join Snoopy and his friends along with the Knott’s Ice Skating Ensemble for a retelling of the classic poem ‘A Visit From St. Nicholas”. This Snoopy on Ice show will take place at the Walter Knott Theater.
Santa’s Christmas Cabin
My whole family loves visiting Santa’s Christmas Cabin at Knott’s Merry Farm. You can find it in Ghost Town by Big Food Rapids. Inside, the young and the young at heart can share their wish lists with jolly Santa Claus and take home a picture of the occasion.
Guests can also indulge in holiday delights such as:
- Santa’s homemade cookies
- Mouthwatering pastries
- Fresh roasted nuts
- Seasonal craft beer and more!
As you make your way towards Santa’s Christmas Cabin, you can pick up some of Knott’s world-famous holiday treats throughout Ghost Town, including fresh poured-to-order maple lollipops at the Gold Trails Hotel, holiday churros from the Churro Factory, and warm gingerbread men baked at the Farm Bakery.
This holiday season, park-goers of all ages can enjoy Christmas shows like Home for the Holidays, a musical revue featuring classic Christmas tunes, world-class performers, holiday lights, magical dancing toys, and dazzling snow all set on an elaborate, transforming wintertime stage.
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.
Ghost Town also celebrates of the sounds of the season with its very own Dickensian vocal quartet, the Calico Carolers. They have some beautiful photo opps by the blacksmith’s shop throughout the season!
Plus, the upbeat blue grass quartet, the Ghost Town Miners, make their eagerly awaited return to the Fireman’s BBQ stage. Southern California’s finest live bluegrass bands can only be seen at Knott’s Merry Farm.
Christmas Crafts Village
Relax and unwind in Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village as it transforms Ghost Town into a shopping wonderland filled with dozens of local artists and artisans selling their unique wares including a chainsaw sculptor and glass blower. Entrance to the Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village is free Monday through Thursday and is included with theme park admission every day.
Bird Cage Theatre
Experience a unique live performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol or O. Henry’s A Gift of the Magi in an intimate setting of the historic Bird Cage Theatre. It’s the only time during the year that you can catch these shows – it’s also a nice way to rest up if you’re gonna keep going afterwards.
Stick around and catch the toe tappin’, hand clappin’, comedy and bluegrass of Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies in the Birdcage Theatre on select nights.
Snoopy’s Tree Lighting – Calico Square
Stop by the Calico Stage in Calico Square and see the enormous Christmas Tree light up right before your eyes! Along with the tree lighting, you’ll also witness a cast of Toy Soldiers, Snowmen, Elves and America’s most famous beagle, Snoopy!
Knott’s Berry Farm is so affordable as it is. With a season pass, you’ll save even more money because you get extras included in the season pass price. A regular Knott’s Berry Farm Season Pass has many benefits. Check them out here and choose the right one for your family!
These are just a few things that you can expect during the holiday season at Knott’s Merry Farm. For more information, visit Knotts.com.
Originally published on October 15, 2022. Last Updated on November 6, 2023 by Pattie Cordova