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Knott’s Merry Farm puts a new twist on favorite shows from Christmases past

by Susan and Simon Veness

From November 18, 2022-January 8, 2023 Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park, Calif. transforms into a winter-scape for the holiday season with festive new versions of classic shows and live entertainment.

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Photos courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm

Thousands of brilliant lights and miles of fanciful garland are the setting for this year’s Knott’s Merry Farm annual event, where classic shows from the past have undergone a reimagining.

Knott’s Merry Farm shows

“Snoopy on Ice” skating show has been updated to “Snoopy’s Night Before Christmas,” featuring special new technological additions.

knott's merry farm snoopy's night before christmas

“Best Wishes” at Camp Snoopy Theatre tells the tale of the Peanuts gang as they celebrate the “true meaning of Christmas.”

Calico Mine Stage is the place to find the “Home for the Holidays” musical revue set to popular yuletide tunes.

Drama plays out at the Bird Cage Theater with a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ tale, “A Christmas Carol,” titled “The Gift of the Magi.”

Knott’s Merry Farm live entertainment

Watch for the Victorian-inspired Calico Carolers singing seasonal songs along the streets of Ghost Town.

calico carolers
Calico Carolers

The Sleigh Bells entertain with a capella versions of Christmas favorites in Calico Park.

It’s a hand-clapping good time as Bluegrass Duo put their unique spin on new and old tunes at Fireman’s BBQ.

Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies turn Chrismastime into a down-home hoe-down with their music and comedy.

Dance the day away with at the Tinsel Top Club swing band in the Boardwalk Ballroom.

The Rockin’ Reindeer provide live entertainment for guests dining at Boardwalk BBQ.

Enchanting Extras

Meet Santa Claus and his friends at Santa’s Christmas Cabin in The Wilderness Dance Hall, and be sure to have a photo taken with the Jolly Old Elf.

knott's merry farm santa

Experience the gentle snowfalls and dancing lights of “Snow and Glow,” taking place along the pathways in Ghost Town.

Indulge in a festive feast of traditional classics such as crispy breaded turkey bites filled with seasoned stuffing and sweet cranberry sauce or Prancers pumpkin cheesecake roll funnel cake at locations around the park.

Take home a memorable souvenir or do a bit of gift-list shopping at Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village, where local artists sell their wares, from chainsaw wood carvings to delicate glass blowing.

knott's christmas village

“Knott’s Merry Farm has been a cherished holiday tradition for generations of guests and season pass holders, and we’re excited to offer a full lineup of reimagined favorites and timeless classics again this season,” said Jon Storbeck, Knott’s Berry Farm vice president and general manager. “With lively music and performances, shining décor and delicious treats, Knott’s Merry Farm is sure to create lasting holiday memories for the whole family to enjoy.”

For more information visit Knotts.com.

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