Starting November 19, 2016, Knott’s Berry Farm in California transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm with thousands of twinkling lights, holiday décor, and festive events throughout the park.
Guests at Knott’s Merry Farm can relish the Christmas season with attractions, new live entertainment, a Christmas crafts fair, holiday food, carolers performing seasonal classics and nightly snow falling on the streets of Calico.
Debuting this year, It’s The Merriest Christmas Show Ever, Charlie Brown at the new Calico Mine Stage features the Peanuts gang putting on the greatest Christmas pageant ever with Charlie Brown directing. Charlie’s one wish is to spend the holidays with his family, especially with Snoopy, who is visiting his family around the world. Will Snoopy make it home in time for Christmas? Join Charlie and the gang for a charming Christmas show as they perform traditional upbeat holiday classics and spread Christmas cheer. Find out if Snoopy returns home in time for a magical and festive holiday season to celebrate Christmas with Charlie, Sally and the rest of the Peanuts. (Select dates, November 19 through January 8.)
For the first time ever, the streets of Calico are overflowing with seasonal joy as its citizens (from this summer’s Ghost Town Alive!) help guests celebrate the holidays with Christmas in Calico. New this year, Calico’s Town Hall offers plenty of holiday activities for all. Little ones can pen Christmas letters to jolly ol’ Santa Claus or gather round for a special reading of the holiday classic the Night before Christmas by the Calico citizens. Everyone can also lend a hand around town by delivering gifts to some of the folks in Calico. Just outside Town Hall, Calico Carolers roam the streets sharing the sounds of the season though songs and hand bell chimes.
Just a couple feet away from the new Calico Stage, at the recently added Calico Park, is where this year’s night time tree lighting tradition takes place. This all-new Calico Tree Lighting Ceremony features the Calico Bell Choir and the Citizens of Calico as they join together around the tree for an illuminating Christmas celebration filled with music, laughter and happiness. Gather round the electrifying Christmas tree and experience as the colorful lights come alive when Dr. Carter tests his newest electrical Christmas invention in Ghost Town.
The Wilderness Dance Hall in Ghost Town transforms into Santa’s Christmas Cabin for the holiday season, where guests can visit the jolly fellow himself, Santa Claus. Pictures can be purchased onsite, and you can purchase seasonal treats like Santa’s freshly-baked cookies, mouthwatering pastries, exquisite chocolate dipped cheesecake on a stick, seasonal craft beers, gourmet hot chocolate with marshmallows and hot spiced holiday wine. Knott’s world-famous holiday treats can be found all throughout Ghost Town, including fresh poured-to-order maple lollipops at the Gold Trails Hotel, homemade holiday churros from the Churro Factory and extra creamy Santa’s Milk and Cookie shakes from Coasters.
Returning this year, the Peanuts gang, and a cast of world class ice skaters perform in the breathtaking ice show, Merry Christmas, Snoopy! in the 2,100 seat Charles M. Schulz Theatre. In this whimsical show, Snoopy enjoys all of the best parts of the season, including trimming the Christmas tree, awaiting Santa’s arrival, and attending the Christmas Ball. (Select dates, November 19 through January 8.)
An all-new show is debuting at the Camp Snoopy Theatre, A Peanuts Guide to Christmas. The Peanuts give their take and unique wisdom in a primer designed to help everyone survive the holidays. The show features mash ups of holiday songs with a heartwarming dose of the Peanuts gang.
Relax and unwind at Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village, as Ghost Town transforms into a shopping wonderland with dozens of local artisans selling their unique crafts and gifts. The annual Christmas Crafts village includes artistic craft holiday shops featuring power chainsaw sculpting and elegant glass blowing demonstrations. Entrance to the Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village is free Monday through Thursday, November 21 – December 8, and is included with theme park admission every day.
In the intimate setting of Ghost Town’s historic Bird Cage Theatre, Knott’s melodrama company brings to life Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and O. Henry’s A Gift of the Magi in performances available on select dates during Knott’s Merry Farm.
When the sun sets on the farm, the buildings and paths in Ghost Town twinkle brightly to the beat of a holiday favorite as snow gently falls on all guests. Park guests can enjoy more of the nightly snow and glow experience in most of Ghost Town, from School House Road to the Saloon and down to the Assay Office. The toe tappin’, hand clappin’, comedy and bluegrass of Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies continues their Knott’s Merry Farm residency this holiday season in the Birdcage Theatre on select nights.
For More information about Knott’s Merry Farm please visit knotts.com, and watch this 2015 episode of Attractions The Show for a look inside last year’s event: