What do Santa, an ice skating Snoopy and a winter wonderland of snow have in common? Throw in the fun of amusement park rides and you have the magic of Knott’s Berry Farm’s annual holiday celebration. Get ready to enjoy all the fun of an amusement park along with the experience of a classic Christmas on the farm. Knott’s Merry Farm runs Nov. 21 – Jan. 3, and we’ve got your insider’s guide to festive winter fun.

Peanuts Characters

Have a Merry Entertaining Day
Make time to watch the new “Merry Christmas, Snoopy!” ice skating show where Snoopy, the Peanuts gang and ice skaters perform in a winter-themed show in the Charles M. Schulz Theatre. Kids will love seeing Snoopy trim the Christmas tree, wait for Santa’s arrival and attend a festive Christmas Ball. The “Merry Christmas, Snoopy!” The show does not run on Wednesdays, so make a note of the date if you’re heading to Knott’s mid-week. We also suggest arriving early to grab your seats because it tends to attract a full house!

Need more entertainment from our favorite beagle? Then head over to Camp Snoopy to watch the Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the gang in “Christmas Time is Here, Charlie Brown.” This holiday show is the perfect length for tiny tots wanting some holiday cheer.

Boy shaking hand of conductor

Besides Snoopy and Santa, one of the highlights of Knott’s Merry Farm is the Calico Christmas on the Railroad. This is a must-do activity for your little train lovers! Grab a seat on Engine 41 to enjoy a entertainment and holiday cheer and traveling adventures. You also don’t want to miss Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies bluegrass group that will get you dancing. And the Knott’s carolers will be strolling throughout the streets of Ghost Town.

Don’t Miss: Snoopy’s Merriest Tree Lighting is one of the highlights of the season. Every night on Calico Stage, Snoopy himself lights up the giant Christmas tree (not to be confused with Charlie Brown’s tree in he holiday special). The event also features dancing snowmen, toy soldiers and elves. It’s a really fun time that kids will love!

Santa and Snoopy

Merry Must-Do Activities
Santa Claus himself is ready to check off his nice list and visit with your kiddos. The Wilderness Dance Hall in Ghost Town is home to Santa’s Christmas Cabin during the holidays. Kiddos can visit with Santa from 12 p.m. until the park closes. Make sure your camera is charged because this is a must-do photo opp!

Snow in SoCal? Of course! Every night during Merry Farm, the buildings and paths in Ghost Town’s Main Street and School House Road are filled with glow and snow! Thousands of sparkling lights dance to the beat of “Let It Snow” while the white specks gently fall from the sky. This is a must-see activity at Knott’s, especially for kiddos who rarely experience the real deal!

Snow and Glow in Ghost Town

Make Your List and Check It Twice
No trip to Knott’s Berry Farm is complete without fun times on the rides. Little ones should head into Camp Snoopy, which is perfect for young kids and families. The wait time for rides are never too long, and kids will love attractions like the balloon race (that stays low to the ground), train rides, mini mining cars, and “flying” in Snoopy’s flying ace airplane. Older thrill seekers won’t want to miss the Park’s signature roller coasters, too.

Save your appetite to indulge in the many treats only available during Knott’s Merry Farm. We suggest trying a few of Santa’s homemade cookies, a cup of eggnog or the indulgent cinnamon rolls. Be sure to stop by the Ghost Town bakery for homemade treats, a poured-to-order maple lollipop at the Gold Trails Hotel, holiday churros from the Churro Factory, and warm gingerbread men baked at the Farm Bakery.

It’s easy to find unique gifts and take care of your holiday shopping at the Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village. We love that the Village features local artisans selling their unique gifts. You can also purchase a Knott’s Berry Farm 2016 Season Pass for a family holiday gift.

Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park Ca 90620
714-220-5200
Online: knotts.com

Have you been to the Knott’s Merry Farm? Tell us in the Comments your favorite part of the holiday season.

— Leah R. Singer

Photos courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm