The annual Knott’s Merry Farm event is back at “America’s First Theme Park ,” Knott’s Berry Farm. With special shows, experiences, and other offerings, there is more than enough here to fill up your day with holiday cheer.

Knott’s invited Inside Universal to the farm to check out what they have in store. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

Live Entertainment 

Knott’s Merry Farm’s crown jewel has always been Snoopy’s annual ice skating show featuring all the classic Peanuts characters. 

This year Snoopy stars in “A Night Before Christmas”. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed in the theater, so we weren’t able to capture any media of the performance – but believe us, this is a show you won’t want to miss. The costumes, lighting, and production design are Broadway quality, and watching the talented figure skaters work their magic is an absolute delight. Try to line up at least an hour before show time to secure a seat.

Home for the Holidays, a musical revue show, takes over the Calico Mine Stage. Hear some of your favorite holiday songs sung live in this old-fashioned style, and quite charming, production.

Over in Calico Park, beneath the gigantic Christmas Tree, you can see the Acapella group The Sleigh Bells performing renditions of classic Christmas songs at select times throughout the day. 

Also in Calico Park, after the sun sets, is the nightly tree lighting. 

And once that moment comes, Merry Farm really shines. On School House Road, thousands of lights twinkle and dance to the sounds of music, as the snow starts to drift down from the sky, gently falling on the crowd in what Knott’s is calling “Snow and Glow.”


Ghost Town transforms into the Christmas Crafts Village, where vendors and craftspeople offer a variety of personalized items and collectibles for sale.

A highlight for us was the chainsaw wood carver, where you can watch the artist in action as they transform plain wood into beautiful designs.

Mrs. Clause’s Kitchen

Next to Santa’s Christmas Cabin is Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen where you can decorate a delicious cookie, for a small fee. 

Santa’s Christmas Cabin

Inside the Wilderness Dance Hall, guests of all ages can meet Jolly Ol’ St. Nick and have their photos taken with him. Inside you can get cookies, pastries seasonal drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and some good old-fashioned hot chocolate. 

Seasonal Food

Most of the restaurants in the park have unveiled their seasonal holiday food and beverage items. There are too many options to list here, so visit to find out everything they have to offer this season.

Look around for menus that look like these posted outside participating locations. 

 Around the Park

Every area of the park is decorated for the season—with lights, garlands, and displays to get you into the holiday spirit. 

The newly reopened Fiesta Village also joins in on the festivities.

The Boardwalk’s decorations really complement the already established nighttime lighting in this area of the park. 

Camp Snoopy is always a treat to walk through this time of year, with displays that will please the kids and bring out the child in any grown-up.

And finally, Ghost Town. The lights sparkle and shine in their rustic environment and provide a pleasing atmosphere to wander around in. 


Knott’s has rolled out a variety of season-specific Knott’s and Peanuts branded merchandise for Merry Farm. Items are available in the Knott’s Marketplace outside the park, as well as most of the gift shops inside the gates.


That wraps things up for our Knott’s Merry Farm overview. The event is running now through January 7th, so there is still plenty of time to enjoy the holiday atmosphere and entertainment at Knott’s Berry Farm.

As always, thanks for reading our coverage of this year’s event. Stay tuned to for more coverage from your favorite theme parks.